Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel the 2020 Conference.
We are now happy to announce that we will retake it in May 2021!
The conference will be entirely virtual.
Professor of International Political Theory and Philosophy
Johann Wolfgang Universität Frankfurt am Main
Professor in Political Theory
University of Warwick
Professor of Philosophy
Texas A&M University
Environmental Ethics in a Changing Climate
27 May 2020 (17h00-18h30 BST)
University of Birmingham
Human activity is increasingly compromising the global environment in which we and other species live. Whether it be greenhouse gas emissions, plastic pollution, overconsumption, landfills, or deforestation, human ways of life are undeniably responsible for making our planet less and less hospitable. As a result, biodiversity is declining at unprecedented rates, pandemics will become more frequent, and environmental degradation makes a flourishing life impossible for many sentient individuals across the globe.
These problems give rise to fundamental questions about what we owe to one another globally, how we should relate to other animals and nature, and what kinds of society we want to live in. What do we owe to our fellow humans and other sentient creatures? What kinds of environmental goods are individuals entitled to? Are there duties of environmental justice? Are there moral duties to protect species and ecosystems? Who is responsible for the harms caused by environmental degradation? How do systems of oppression intersect to exacerbate environmental injustice? What ethical and political philosophical frameworks are appropriate in an ever-changing global environment?
We believe that adequately addressing these questions will require a multidisciplinary approach to the challenges they raise, and we therefore welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines, including, but by no means limited to, philosophy, geography, law, politics, animal studies, sociology, and history.
In addition to the conference’s central theme, we also invite contributions engaged with topics in global ethics and justice more generally. Please navigate to Call for Papers for more information.
This conference fully endorses the Good Practice Scheme of the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy.