publication . Article . 2016

Climate Change and Individual Duties

Augustin Fragnière;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: WIREs Climate Change, volume 7, issue 6, pages 798-814
Abstract
Tackling climate change has often been considered the responsibility of national governments. But do individuals also have a duty to act in the face of this problem? In particular, do they have a duty to adopt a greener lifestyle or to press their government to act? This review critically examines the arguments provided for and against such duties in the relevant philosophic literature. It first discusses the problem of causal inefficacy—namely the fact that individual greenhouse gas emissions appear to make no difference to the harmful consequences of climate change—and whether it clears individuals from any moral obligations related to climate change. Then, it...
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free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Atmospheric Science, Global and Planetary Change, Law and economics, Government, Universalizability, Collective action, Climate change, Active citizenship, Duty, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Greenhouse gas, Sociology, Law, Virtue
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