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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Ethical Challenge of Climate Change: Why Don't We Act?

Despite increasing scientific warnings of the dangers of altering the Earth's climate, humanity continues to release more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The failure to change course is caused in part by the fact that those who will be harmed the most ?such as future generations, the global poor, and nonhuman species?cannot hold us accountable today. This creates what some philosophers call "a perfect moral storm" that thwarts ethical action. In this forum, Dr. Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, will explain the ethical problem of climate change and then help to lead a discussion about how we can find the wisdom and courage to act. Free with admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Despite increasing scientific warnings of the dangers of altering the Earth's climate, humanity continues to release more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The failure to change course is caused in part by the fact that those who will be harmed the most ?such as future generations, the global poor, and nonhuman species?cannot hold us accountable today. This creates what some philosophers call "a perfect moral storm" that thwarts ethical action. In this forum, Dr. Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, will explain the ethical problem of climate change and then help to lead a discussion about how we can find the wisdom and courage to act. Free with admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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