The Pivotal Generation

Why We Have a Moral Responsibility to Slow Climate Change Right Now
Princeton University Press
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  • erschienen am 10. Januar 2022
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  • 208 Seiten
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An eminent philosopher explains why we owe it to future generations to take immediate action on global warming

Climate change is the supreme challenge of our time. Yet despite growing international recognition of the unfolding catastrophe, global carbon emissions continue to rise, hitting an all-time high in 2019. Unless humanity rapidly transitions to renewable energy, it may be too late to stop irreversible ecological damage. In The Pivotal Generation, renowned political philosopher Henry Shue makes an impassioned case for taking immediate, radical action to combat global warming.

Shue grounds his argument in a rigorous philosophical analysis of climate change's moral implications. Unlike previous generations, which didn't fully understand the danger of burning carbon, we have the knowledge to comprehend and control rising carbon dioxide levels. And unlike future generations, we still have time to mitigate the worst effects of global warming. This generation has the power, and thus the responsibility, to save the planet. Shirking that responsibility only leaves the next generation with an even heavier burden-one they may find impossible to bear.

Written in direct, accessible language, The Pivotal Generation approaches the latest scientific research with a singular moral clarity. It's an urgently needed call to action for anyone concerned about the planet's future.

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Henry Shue is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is also Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at Merton College. His books include Basic Rights (Princeton), Climate Justice, and Fighting Hurt. In 1976, he cofounded the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and in recent years he was a supporter of the successful campaign by Virginia's Augusta County Alliance to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. The Pivotal Generation: "You Are Here"
  • Illusions of Separation
  • The Context That Makes Us Pivotal
  • Arbitrary Demands?
  • Unique Historical Period, Incomparable Moral Responsibility
  • Heavier Burdens
  • Unlimited Threats
  • Tipping Points
  • Conclusion
  • 2. The Presence of the Past
  • Owning Our National Past
  • Disowning Our National Past
  • The Pure Fairness Argument
  • The Wrongful Imposition Arguments
  • Conclusion
  • 3. Engagement across Distance and Engagement across Time
  • The Phenomenology of Agency
  • The Danger of Transition
  • Contemporary "Strangers" and the Affordability of Alternative Energy
  • Future "Strangers" and Tipping Points
  • The Date-of-Last-Opportunity to Prevent Disaster
  • Further Reasons? Past Sacrifice, Hope, and Continuity
  • Conclusion
  • 4. Are There Second Chances on Climate Change?
  • Fix It Later?
  • Contrasting Purposes of CO2 Removal
  • Scaling Up in Time?
  • Bequeathing Risks
  • The Reversible and the Irreversible
  • 5. Taking Control of Our Legacy
  • Powerful Enemies, Allied Masses
  • Planning the "Final Harvest": Deceptive Delay
  • Enabling the "Final Harvest": Banks' BAU
  • Preventing the "Final Harvest": The Active Many vs. the Ruthless Few
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix on Inequality
  • Notes
  • Index

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