Individual vs. Collective Action: The Troublesome Ethics of Going Green
Come join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, April 5th from 12:15 to 1:45 in 420 Auerbach Hall as UMass/Amherst Philosophy Ph.D. candidate Robert Gruber presents on the troublesome ethics of going green. In Bob’s own words:
You regularly participate in harmful collective activities involving millions, even billions of people. When you drive home from school in a gas-guzzling car, for example, you join millions of Americans in the activity of burning fossil fuels. Climate change results, and people overall suffer more than they otherwise would under a stable and cooler climate system. But, what’s the result of *your* contribution? It’s seemingly negligible. Furthermore, no matter how *you* would act---whether you would bike instead of driving, for example---not enough others would reduce their emissions; the bad outcomes of climate change would still result. So, do you have any reason to "go green"? Is it morally wrong for you to drive when you could bike instead?
In my talk, we'll look together at lots of different approaches to this problem: is there any way to explain why you should act sustainably, even if you don't make a difference?
Bob Gruber is finishing up his Ph.D. at UMass Amherst. Bob is interested in ethics, especially environmental ethics. He's currently teaching a course on the ethics of climate change. https://people.umass.edu/rgruber
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