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Sourcing Stability in a Time of Climate Change

Kenneth Shockley

Environmental Values 23 (2014): 199-217. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13894344179248

ABSTRACT

Anthropogenic climate change poses a direct and imminent threat to the stability of modern society. Recent reports of the probable consequences of climate change paint a grim picture; they describe a world environmentally much less stable than the world to which we have become accustomed. As we begin to adapt to our changing climate, we will need to identify new sources for the stability necessary for a flourishing society. I suggest that this stability should come from the ideals of the good life we seek to promote when we focus on capabilities, on the substantial freedoms humans need to flourish. These ideals serve as a stable foundation for well-being in a time of great environmental and social instability; they should serve as guides for our policies, practices and institutions. I conclude by appealing to capabilities as a means of integrating well-being into our adaptation strategies, and show how doing so may well provide a way of formulating a powerful moral justification for adaptation strategies appropriate for both the developed and the developing world.


KEYWORDS

Capabilities, well-being, climate change, adaptation, stability, Durban Platform

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Policy With Integrity: A Lesson from the Discursive Dilemma. Kenneth Shockley

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Adapting to a Perilous Planet. Kenneth Shockley and Andrew Light

Editorial: The Ethics of Engineering the Climate. Christian Baatz, Clare Heyward and Harald Stelzer


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