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FWF Project „Basic Needs and Intergenerational Climate Justice“

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The project "Basic Needs and Intergenerational Climate Justice", led by Prof. Dr. Lukas Meyer, runs from October 1st, 2020 until September 30th, 2023 and is sponsored by the fond for scientific research (FWF). In course of the project we will approach the topic of climate justice from a normative perspective and will make our outcomes more concrete by also incorporating findings from the field of economics.

Abstract:

Climate change is characterized by a temporally unequal distribution of benefits and costs. While most of the advantages of emission-generating activities are derived by currently living people, most of the harms that these activities cause will only materialize in the (distant) future. There is thus strong reason for considering climate change a matter of intergenerational justice. The most pressing question of intergenerational climate justice concerns the present generation’s relation to future generations. Do we owe future generations to adopt additional measures against climate change and its harmful consequences? And if yes, to what extent and in which way?

Please go to the project homepage to find more information relating to recent publications and future events.

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