Higher Sem in Practical Philosophy: Erik Persson "A fair distribution of responsibility for climate adaptation - translating principles of distribution from a global to a local context"
Erik Person (LU) presents his and Åsa Knaggård (LU) and Kerstin Eriksson's (RISE research institute) paper, "A fair distribution of responsibility for climate adaptation - translating principles of distribution from a global to a local context.
Abstract: Distribution of responsibility is one of the main focus areas in discussions about climate change ethics. Most of these discussions have dealt with global climate change mitigation. The aim of this paper is to investigate if and how these discussions can inform how to distribute responsibility for climate change adaptation on local and regional levels. Through a review of academic publications, we identified seven principles suggested for the global level: (P1) Equal shares, (P2) Desert, (P3) Beneficiary pays, (P4) Ability, (P5) Self-help, (P6) Limited responsibility for the worst off, and (P7) Status Quo preservation. It was found that all principles, but P1, P3 and P7, are to some extent translatable to local and regional climate adaptation in a useful way. Two major problems hamper their usefulness on lower levels: (1) several categories of actors can be responsible; and (2) emissions do not work as a base for all principles. P4, P5 and P6 are applicable to local and regional adaptation without changes. P4 is of particular importance as it seems to solve the first problem. P2 is applicable only if the second problem is solved, which can be done by using risk of harm instead of emissions as the basis.
The talk will be self-contained. If you would like to attend the seminar, please contact me at Toni.Ronnow-Rasmussen@fil.lu.se and I will send you the zoom link.