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Conference—Integrating Development and Climate Change Ethics

When Apr 14, 2010 12:00 AM to
Apr 16, 2010 12:00 AM
Where Nittany Lion Inn
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Climate change raises many civilization challenging ethical questions for the human community. Yet, the study of climate change ethics as a serious focus of ethical inquiry is less than a decade old. The study of the ethical obligations of citizens of the world to assure that the poorest people of the world are able to live a life of dignity is often discussed under the category of development ethics. Development ethics as a focus of serious inquiry has a longer history than climate change ethics. Up until recently climate change ethics and development ethics have developed independently of each other for the most part. Because climate change can adversely affect the ability of human development prospects and climate change policies should take into account human development needs, there is a need to integrate climate change and human development ethics. There is also a significant opportunity for climate change and human development ethicists to learn from each other about the ethical issues that should be understood if climate change and human development ethics were integrated. This conference will explore the linkages between climate change ethics and human development ethics.