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Climate Justice Economics and Philosophy

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8:45am to 4:45pm

Warren Hall, 401

Climate justice requires sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its resolution equitably and fairly. It brings together justice between generations and justice within generations. In particular it requires that attempts to address justice between generations through various interventions designed to curb greenhouse emissions today, do not end up creating injustice in our time by hurting the currently poor and vulnerable. More generally, issues of distribution and justice are of paramount importance in any discourse on climate change.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit in September 2015, and the Conference of Parties (COP) in December 2015, brought climate change and its development impact, including climate justice, center stage in global discussions. This conference builds on the momentum of these meetings to take stock of and advance the analysis of climate change from a distributional and justice perspective in an interdisciplinary interaction among economists, philosophers and policy makers.

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Organized by: Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, and Henry Shue, University of Oxford

Supported by: Cornell University's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) through a Faculty Fellowship for Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts; by the T.H. Professorship Program at Cornell University; and by the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice.


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