VU Philosophy colloquium: Climate duties, freedom and well-being
Ingrid Robeyns will present her paper Climate duties, freedom and well-being at the VU Philosophy Colloquium, presented by Research Institute CLUE+, the Department of Philosophy, and Study Association Icarus.
This paper starts from the premise that we all have individual climate duties, that is, duties not to emit more than our fair share of net emissions, and then analyses the question what the implications are for our freedoms and quality of life. There is great resistance among part of the population in high-emitting countries to restrict our (net) emissions, since it is argued that this will constrain our freedoms and negatively impact our quality of life. I argue that while it is true that meeting our climate duties will restrict some of our freedoms, these restrictions are justified. The truth of the claim regarding the negative impact on our well-being depends on how one conceptualises that notion, yet to the extent that there is such a negative impact, it is also justified. The paper ends by discussing concerns of political and psychological feasibility related to those questions, and lays out implications for climate ethicists entering the public domain, as well as climate activists and policy makers.
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Main Building, 12A-33