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2015 Uehiro-Carnegie-Oxford Conference on Global Warming: Environmental Ethics and Its Practice |

International treaties, including Conferences of the Parties, have been signed and global warming countermeasures are being proposed all over the world. Resources on this page are drawn from the Uehiro-Carnegie-Oxford Conference, "Global Warming: Environmental Ethics and Its Practice", which took place at Carnegie Council in New York in October 2015, with an international group of participants.

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Sidelined at the Summit: Indigenous Peoples Ignored in the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement | 01/25/16
Bennett Collins
It is no exaggeration to say that Indigenous Peoples are the frontline defenders in the fight against the forces perpetuating climate change. Yet despite lip-service about their importance, the richer, more powerful countries saw to it that Indigenous Peoples and their voices were largely unseen and unheard at the Paris Conference. » Publications » Carnegie Ethics Online

Competing Moral Claims over the Nuclear Power-Weapons Crossover | 01/22/16
Katsuhiko Mori
"Although the military–industry complex remains resilient, the only ultimate solution to nuclear danger and the best disaster prevention is a nuclear-free world in both military and civil terms." » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Winners of the 2015 International Student Photo Contest on Climate Change | 01/20/16
Carnegie Council congratulates the winners of the 2015 International Student Photo Contest. The topic was Climate Change. We asked contestants to send us examples of climate change OR examples of combating or adapting to climate change. » News » Press Releases

COP21: Six Things You Need to Know About Climate Change | 12/07/15
It is no exaggeration to say that the outcomes of the Paris climate conference will determine the future of our planet. As world leaders gather for COP21 this December and try to agree on a global legally binding climate treaty, we offer you six great posts that will help you understand the implications of climate change. » Publications » Resource Picks

Population Ethics in the Time of Global Warming | 10/29/15
Gustaf Arrhenius
One of the most important insights to emerge slowly over the past hundred years is that the actions of the current generation could have profound and far-reaching effects for future generations. Stockholm University's Gustaf Arrhenius discusses some of the moral problems that arise from this line of thinking. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Psychology and Ethics of the Tragedy of the Commons | 10/29/15
Julian Savulescu
Oxford Uehiro Centre's Julian Savulescu reviews some of the psychological factors that contribute to the Tragedy of the Commons. He discusses some of the interventions that have been explored in Oxford harnessing psychological heuristics to increase cooperation and altruism, and explores the ethics of harnessing these forces to effect more moral behavior. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Climate Change and Non-Identity | 10/28/15
Guy Kahane
Questions about how we should respond to climate change raise what Derek Parfit has called the non-identity problem: if we act now, this will also change who comes to exist in the future; if we fail to act, this won't harm future people since their very existence depends on our failure to act. Oxford Uehiro Centre's Guy Kahane outlines this problem and some of the main attempts to solve it. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Global Intimacy: How Do We Cultivate Care for Our "Place" when the Place is the Planet? | 10/28/15
Peter Higgins
Developing an understanding of the global implications of our daily actions such as energy and resource use is a challenge for all of us. For educators wishing to address these issues, matters are further complicated by the influence of globalized economies, marketing, media, and politics. University of Edinburgh's Peter Higgins explores these issues. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

How to Live in the Anthropocene | 10/28/15
Dale Jamieson
In 1997 a distinguished group of scientists published an influential article in which they concluded that "it is clear that we live on a human-dominated planet." Some scientists propose that we have entered a new geological era, the Anthropocene. NYU’s Dale Jamieson sketches a partial account of how to live in this new era, focusing on "green vitrues." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Is Climate Change One Problem? Culturally Particular Notions of Environmental Harm | 10/28/15
Evan Berry
Drawing on research about the role of religious ideas and cultural traditions in addressing climate change, American University's Evan Berry concentrates on differences among concepts about what constitutes "environmental harm." He argues that different societies understand the impacts of climate change according to a complex mixture of universal and particularistic ethical values. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Karenna Gore on Faith Communities and the Environment | 10/07/15
Karenna Gore, Stephanie Sy
Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore and director of the Center for Earth Ethics, discusses how faith communities (including indigenous peoples) are rallying to combat climate change; what she sees as a shift in consciousness in how we define success; and much more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Pope Francis Among the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution | 10/05/15
Marco Politi, Julie E. Byrne
Francis is the first pope who wasn't born in a village, says Vatican expert Marco Politi, but in a mega-city with many social-economic levels and faiths. "This explains why when he speaks he doesn't speak only to Catholics, not only to Christians. He speaks beyond religious borders. He speaks to men and women as they are in contemporary society." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Calling Students & Teachers: International Essay & Photo Contests, Deadline Jan 5, 2016 | 08/06/15
Carnegie Council announces its two annual international contests. The essay contest asks contestants to write about ways to achieve one of three selected Sustainable Development Goals. The photo contest topic is the effects of climate change, or ways to combat or adapt to it. DEADLINE: Jan 5, 2016. » News » Press Releases

International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, 2015: Goals for a Better World | 08/05/15
Focusing on one of the following SDGs, propose specific measures for your country (or region or city) to reach the goal's objectives in the next 15 years: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; OR take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; OR make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. » News » Press Releases

CLIMATE CHANGE: International Student Photo Contest, Deadline January 5, 2016 | 08/05/15
Send us your photos that show examples of climate change OR examples of combating or adapting to climate change. All students of every nationality are eligible. Non-students will be disqualified. The minimum age is 13. » News » Press Releases

A Conversation on Climate Change with Conservation International's M. Sanjayan | 07/24/15
M. Sanjayan, Zach Dorfman
In late June, "Ethics & International Affairs" senior editor Zach Dorfman sat down with M. Sanjayan, senior scientist at Conservation International, at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss our climate-changed world, and why--on some days at least--he's hopeful about our environmental future. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

"Ethics & International Affairs" Summer 2015 Issue | 06/15/15
This issue includes Jim Sleeper on liberal education in illiberal societies; Rahul Sagar on the ethics of surveillance and disclosure; Alex Bellamy on the Responsibility to Protect at ten; Eamon Aloyo on just war theory and the unnecessary category of last resort; Graham Long on universality and the Sustainable Development Goals; Rowan Cruft on human rights law and moral rights; and book reviews by Jack Snyder, Michael Blake, and Dan Bodansky. » News » Press Releases

Full Planet, Empty Plates | 05/07/15
Lester R. Brown, Janet Larsen
"We are in transition today from an age of surpluses to an age of scarcity," says Lester Brown. The reasons are manifold: population growth; climate change; water scarcity; a substantial part of the U.S. grain harvest being used for fuel; increased demands because of rising affluence; and a glass ceiling for crop yields. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

EARTH DAY 2015 | 04/21/15
How can we find sustainable ways to feed the world's exploding population? How can we tackle climate change?  How can we confront the moral dilemmas it presents? To mark Earth Day 2015, this selection of Carnegie Council resources from the past year offers both innovative solutions and searching, ethical debates. » Publications » Resource Picks

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