Climate Change: The Price of Fairness

Friday, May 4
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

The current and future impacts of global warming make one thing clear: a changing climate will create winners and losers. Many of these “losers” will, in the name of fairness and justice, be entitled to recompense due to the risks they face and the losses they incur. How should the costs associated with mitigating climate risk and addressing losses be shared? This event brings together sociology and philosophy to address how precautionary measures and loss and damage should be paid for. With attention to the practicalities of climate change and its contentious politics, J. Timmons Roberts and Daniel Steel propose new ways to ethically distribute and pay for the costs associated with climate change.

J. Timmons Roberts is the Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and a Professor of Sociology at Brown University. He is the coauthor of Power in a Warming World: The New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality (MIT Press, 2015).

Daniel Steel is Associate Professor in the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle: Science, Evidence and Environmental Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

This event is co-sponsored by the Logic and Politics of Climate Change project at the Neubauer Collegium and "Studies in Climate Change: The Limits of the Numerical," a Mellon Foundation Project at the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

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