Climate Ethics

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Carol Curtis and Tahirih Naylor
Facilitated by Peter Adriance and Duncan Hanks

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The search for solutions to both mitigate and adapt to climate change has raised difficult ethical questions about justice, equity, responsibility and obligation. This session begins with an overview of the Bahá’í International Community’s initial considerations on the challenge of climate change and its ethical dimensions. It then looks at the Marshall Islands and specific threats posed to residents of atoll nations, whose very existence may be at stake, and draws from the Bahá’í writings for guidance on appropriate responses. It concludes with small group exploration of specific case studies highlighting a range of ethical dimensions of climate change.

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Tahirih Naylor’s PowerPoint:

Carol Curtis’s PowerPoint:


One response to “Climate Ethics

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