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A Responsibility to Revolt? Climate Ethics in the Real World

Dan Boscov-Ellen

Environmental Values 29 (2020): 153-174. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15579936382617

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ABSTRACT

Mainstream ethical debates concerning responsibility for climate change tend to overemphasise emissions and consumption while ignoring or downplaying the structural drivers of climate change and vulnerability. Failure to examine the political-economic dynamics that have produced climate change and made certain people more susceptible to its harms results in inapposite accounts of responsibility. Recognition of the structural character of the problem suggests duties beyond emissions reduction and redistribution - including, potentially, a responsibility to fundamentally restructure our political and economic institutions.


KEYWORDS

Environmental ethics, climate change, responsibility, capitalism, structural injustice

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