COMPAS SPECIAL EVENT: A Half-Day Conference on Non-Ideal Climate Justice

September 9, 2016
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
Thompson Library, Room 165
Tower

The Center for Ethics and Human Values is pleased to present

 

Non-Ideal Climate Justice: Global Inequality, the Paris Agreement, and the Limits of the Feasible

 

Political philosophers have brought ideal theories of justice to the problem of climate change and defended positions regarding historic responsibility, the equitable sharing of emission cuts and duties to provide aid for adaptation. On the other hand, the world has spent twenty-five years negotiating multilateral environmental agreements and climate governance architectures that have failed to abate rising global GHG emissions. In spite of this, last year in Paris 196 countries for the first time agreed to a universal MEA on climate change, including the creation of a governance architecture of voluntary pledge and review combined with procedural norms of transparency and accountability. 

How equitable is this new agreement and architecture? Was agreement only possible by sacrificing equity? What should both philosophers working with ideal theories of justice and vulnerable groups and activists making claims of justice think of the history of climate negotiations and the recent success in Paris? Do they represent a continued failure of reality to meet theories and principles of justice? Or do efforts to address climate change teach us something about how we should do political philosophy and how we should think about what counts as global justice?

Conference Schedule:

9:00a - 10:30a - Session 1: Equity and justice in the Paris framework

  • Dan Bodansky (Law, Arizona State)
  • Idil Boran (Philosophy, York University)
  • Via Skype, Andrew Light (Former Senior Climate Change Negotiator, U.S. Department of State; Philosophy, George Mason; World Resources Institute)

11:00a - 12:30p - Session 2: Climate justice, global politics

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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