Six texts on who should act on climate change

Climate Change and the Moral Significance of historical Injustice in Natural Resource Governance
Megan Blomfield
Comment: This chapter seeks to contextualise conversations about historic wrongs of past emissions in a broader context of other injustices regarding natural resources.

Climate Matters Chapter 3
John Broome
Comment: The text holds a controversial position in climate justice literature due to arguing that our response to climate change should not be determined by considerations of justice. Consequently, it endorses the idea of efficiency without sacrifice which is when future generations pay for the cost of tackling climate change, due to this being.

Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility and Global Climate Change
Simon Caney
Comment: Provides an exploration of different possible principle to determine who should pay of climate change, and illustrates problems with some common sense positions, such as the polluter pays principles.

Do Parents have a Special Duty to Mitigate Climate Change?
Elizabeth Cripps
Comment: This paper considers the duties of parents in responding to climate change, and argues that parents owe it to their children and grandchildren to mitigate climate change.

Global Environment and International Inequality
Henry Shue
Comment: Argues that three common-sense principles of fairness converge on the conclusion that industrialised states should pay the initial cost of tackling climate change.

One Atmosphere
Peter Singer
Comment: Considers four principles of fairness for distributing global emissions, and proposes an emission trading scheme as the solution.

Six texts to help you think about climate ethics

Climate Justice: An Introduction
Dominic Roser and Christian Seidel
Comment: Helps the reader make sense of the moral questions around climate change by clearly explaining the different theories and principles we have available to us.

Climate Matters
John Broome
Comment: Multidisciplinary approach to explaining the challenge of climate change.

Debating Climate Ethics:
Stephen Gardiner & (v) David Weisbach
Comment: When thinking about climate change what is the scope for ethics? Gardiner argues in favour of ethics having a big role to play, whilst Weisbach argues that ethics makes responding to climate change unnecessarily tricky.

Governing Climate Change
Harriet Bulkeley and Peter Newell
Comment: Makes sense of climate governance and shows that such governance exists in many places, not just the international level. Helpful for thinking about how we can respond to climate change.

Reason in a Dark Time
Dale Jamieson
Comment: Accounts for how we ended up in the climate crisis, considering many factors including the roles of science, economics, politics and ethics.

The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change: Values Poverty, and Policy
Darrel Moellendorf
Comment: Highlights the problems which climate change creates and shows the role that normative theory has in addressing these problems.