Energy Ethics

  • Founded
    2017
  • Seminar Number
    785

The Columbia University Seminar on Energy Ethics engages leaders from economics, sustainable development, politics, climate law, environmental studies, disaster studies, international relations, geography, philosophy, ethics, theology, medicine, as well as activists, to discuss energy ethics with a multidisciplinary approach.  The seminar addresses the need for a multilateral dialogue between ethicists, energy experts, and policy analysts, while engaging diverse ethical and philosophical frameworks that supply ethical principles. Energy drives what is arguably the greatest crisis of our time, climate change.  Sustainable solutions to climate change depend upon effective, scalable, low or zero-carbon energy technologies and energy policies that incentivize them in a complex global system.  True sustainability requires that energy technologies and energy policies are deployed with careful regard to all of the impacts, costs, benefits, and trade-offs between stakeholders, including the rights of future generations and ecosystemic health. In other words, energy decisions are profoundly ethical decisions that require the input of experts from multiple sectors.


Chair
Professor Erin Lothes
erinlothesb@gmail.com

Rapporteur
Rosalind Donald
rmd2190@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

 

Welcome

Meetings

10/05/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
1:00 PM

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12/06/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
12:00 PM
Human Rights Theory
Michael Burger, Columbia University
Abstract

Respondent: Elke Weber, Princeton University
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02/14/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
12:00 PM
Geo-engineering
Forrest Clingermann, Ohio Northern University and Editor of Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering
Abstract

Respondent: Philip Kitcher, Columbia University



04/11/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
12:00 PM
Labor Rights and Claims in Conflict
Christine Firer Hinze, Fordham University
Abstract

Invited Respondent: John Russo, Georgetown University