The Right to Relocation: Disappearing Island Nations and Common Ownership of the Earth [Abstract]

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 23.3 (Fall 2009)

Ethics & International Affairs

In recent work I have tried to revitalize the standpoint of humanity's commonly owning the earth. This standpoint has implications for a range of problems that have recently preoccupied us at the global level, including immigration, obligations to future generations, climate change, and human rights. In particular, this approach helps illuminate what moral claims to international aid small island nations whose existence is threatened by global climate change have. A recent proposal for relocating his people across different nations by President Tong of Kiribati is a case in point. My approach vindicates President Tong's proposal.

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