Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile:Ethical challenges posed by climate change

New York University academic Dale Jamieson spoke at the third talk of the UC Applied Ethics Lecture Series. He expressed the need to accept the phenomenon of climate change without denial, which will allow us to face it in a direct and organized way.


photo_cameraIn his comment to the presentation, the professor of the UC Faculty of Biological Sciences, Juan Carlos Castilla, highlighted that Chile can be an example for the containment of climate change. National carbon-neutrality policies, which promote a “clean energy revolution”, allow the country to be at the forefront in this field worldwide. Image: Pexels

Dale Jamieson , professor of environmental studies and philosophy at New York University, addressed in the third talk of the Cycle of Conferences in Applied Ethics UC the ethical challenges that arise from a climate change that, if a threat, was installed as a scientifically indisputable fact.

Based on his prolific work with legislators and scientists, Dale Jamieson referred to the phenomenon of climate change as a reality that the world must accept and will have to learn to manage the impacts that it will have in the different spheres of personal, social and social life. natural. The key to facing this challenge from an ethical perspective is, according to Jamieson, “learning to live meaningful lives”, which he highlighted as an individual and collective responsibility .

Jamieson is the author of ” Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed – and What It Means For Our Future ” (Oxford, 2014), ” Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction ” (Cambridge, 2008), and ” Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature ” (Oxford, 2002), among others.

Dale Jamieson referred to the phenomenon of climate change as a reality that the world must accept and will have to learn to manage the impacts that it will have in the different areas of personal, social and natural life.

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Sasha Mudd , a professor at the Institute of Philosophy who this time moderated the conference, said that “we lose precious time if we keep thinking about finding a way to get rid of the problem or to turn back time. That will not happen”. He agreed with Jamieson that that is why the current demand is “to learn to live with climate change and the multiple challenges that it will bring with it. We can be realistic as we learn to fight harder and better for a less dystopian future. “

In his comment to the presentation, the professor of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the UC Global Change Center , Juan Carlos Castilla , highlighted that Chile can be an example for the containment of climate change. National carbon-neutrality policies, which promote a “clean energy revolution”, allow the country to be at the forefront in this field worldwide. For Professor Castilla, given the progress already made in Chile, the challenge now is “to develop the long-term campaigns necessary to convince our fellow citizens, especially children and communities, with the development of environmentally friendly behaviors with the climate. ”.

“The current demand is to learn to live with climate change and the many challenges it will bring. We can be realistic as we learn to fight harder and better for a less dystopian future.”

The UC Applied Ethics Conference Cycle will have the participation of 18 international and national exhibitors, and will address a diversity of topics from practical ethics, such as the environment, work in and with animals, technology, economy and sustainable development, business . Various UC academic units participate in its organization, including Engineering, Mathematics, Business Engineering, Law, Geographical History and Political Science, Communications, Biological Sciences, Philosophy, Theology, and the Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering (IMC).

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