Global Climate Justice: Theory and Practice

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 Theory and Practice


This book offers philosophical and interdisciplinary insights into global climate justice with a view to climate neutrality by the middle of the twenty-first century. The first section brings together a series of introductory contributions on the state of the climate crisis, covering scientific, historical, diplomatic and philosophical dimensions. The second section focuses on the challenges of justice and responsibility to which the climate crisis exposes and will expose the global community in the coming years: on the one hand, aiming for the ambitious mitigation target of 1.5°C and, on the other hand, securing resources for adaptation and for climate-damage compensation to the most vulnerable. The third section investigates normative aspects of the transition towards a fossil-fuel free society, from the responsibility of oil companies to the gender-differentiated effects of climate change, passing through what is owed to transition losers and the legal protection of future generations.

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Table of contents

Foreword – Tahseen Jafry
Introduction – Fausto Corvino and Tiziana Andina


Climate Change: Scientific Evidence and Projected Warming – Roberto Buizza

Climate Justice in the Global South: Understanding the Environmental Legacy of Colonialism
– Nishtha Singh

From Rio to Paris: International Climate Change Treaties Between Consensus and Efficacy
– Silvia Bacchetta

Has Climate Change Ended Nature? – Elena Casetta


Libertarianism and Climate Ethics – Elias Moser

Beyond Rawls: The Principle of Transgenerational Equity – Tiziana Andina

What is Emissions Egalitarianism? – Olle Torpman

The Polluter Pays Principle and the Energy Transition – Fausto Corvino

Taking Climate Change Seriously: The ‘Values Approach’ – Sue Spaid

Forward-Looking Transitional Climate Justice – Kirk Lougheed

Let’s Be Rational: A ‘Fair Share’ Approach to Carbon Emissions – Daniel Burkett


Climate Justice from Theory to Practice: The Responsibility and Duties of the Oil Industry
– Marco Grasso

Legitimate Expectations about Stranded Fossil Fuel Reserves: Towards a Just Transition
– Rutger Lazou

From Food to Climate Justice: How Motivational Barriers Impact Distributive Justice Strategies for Change
– Samantha Noll

Gender and Climate Change – Vera Tripodi

The Rights of the Ecosystem and Future Generations as Tools for Implementing Environmental Law – Gianluca Ronca

About the editors

Fausto Corvino is Postdoctoral Researcher in Financial Ethics in the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. Prior to this, he was Postdoctoral Researcher in Moral Philosophy in the DIRPOLIS Institute (Law, Politics and Development) at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (2018–2020; 2021–2022), and Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Turin (2020–2021). He holds a PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability (2017) from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. His main research interests lie in theories of justice (including global and intergenerational justice), philosophy of economics and applied ethics (in particular, the ethics of climate change and of the energy transition).

Tiziana Andina is Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin (Italy) and the director of Labont – Center for Ontology at the University of Turin. Previously, she has been a fellow at Columbia University (2008–2009) and Käte Hamburger Kolleg, University of Bonn (2015) – as well as Visiting Professor at ITMO University, Russia (2014), University of Nanjing and Wuhan, China (2018, 2019). She has published articles on social philosophy and the philosophy of art and her recent works concerns the definition of art and social ontology. Her publications include: The Philosophy of Art: The Question of Definition. From Hegel to Post-Dantian Theories (Bloomsbury Academy 2013), An Ontology for Social Reality (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), What is Art? The Question of Definition Reloaded (Brill 2017), A Philosophy for Future Generations (Bloomsbury Academic 2022) and the edited volumes Post-Truth: Philosophy and Law (Routledge 2019) and Institutions in Actions: The Nature and Rule of the Institutions in the Real World (Springer Nature 2020).

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