Ethics and the Environment 20 (1):23-44 (2015)

Patrik Baard
University of Oslo
Despite the awareness that climate change is an increasingly urgent issue to manage, little is being done to adequately achieve mitigation targets and ambitions. It has been suggested that this is due to ill-equipped normative frameworks and that common concepts, such as responsibility, harm, and justice, collapse when applied to climate change. One perspective has however been missing from this debate – the deep ecological perspective. The paper will investigate the deep ecological view and will argue that it can provide a valuable contribution to normative issues pertaining to climate change.
Keywords Deep ecology  Climate change  Environmental ethics  Arne Naess
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DOI 10.2979/ethicsenviro.20.1.23
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