Whose Climate? Whose Ethics?
September 22, 2011 11:05am
Acacia trees near Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve
Do we anticipate that they will make strong commitments to greener development, e.g., avoiding full dependence on the fossil fuels we've used for centuries with little regard (until recently) for their global impacts? Do we assume that they'll protect their forests and carbon dioxide and biodiversity they contain, and plant trees, too -- including to offset emissions in the global North? Do we expect that like Francis, they'll work hard at a day job and in the evening work more to pioneer low carbon technologies? But if we do, what does this say about us and about how we conceive of and practice climate ethics (here's a link to a great discussion on the topic held recently at New York University)? It's a question that needs answering, even as Francis refines his dung to energy initiative.