The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change

Is climate change a moral issue? We know that Al Gore thinks so. Former Clinton administration climate negotiator Don Brown expanded upon this idea at a panel on ethics at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development sponsored by the Baha'i faith. In his eleven minute presentation, Brown, now at Penn State, notes that abstract claims about the moral and ethical dimensions of climate change aren't particularly helpful. He then lays out eight elements of the climate challenge with profound moral and ethical implications, including acceptable levels of greenhouse gas emissions, cost-benefit analysis of the effects of global warming, and the choice to wait for more robust technology. Brown's presentation combines passion, intellectual depth, and a moving call to action. It's well worth... read more
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