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John Broome: Climate Change - Life and Death

Lecture by John Broome, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford, and

lead author of the 5th Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, followed by a

Round Table Discussion featuring

David Elmes, Director of Global Energy MBA, Warwick University, and others (tba)

MS.02 Mathematics Department

Friday December 9th, 10am-12 midday

Please register in order to attend.


Abstract of Professor Broome's lecture:

What can philosophy contribute to climate policy? The need for thinking about fairness and justice is widely recognized, in determining how the effort to reduce climate change should be distributed between countries. This lecture argues that there is also an important need for value theory, in evaluating the harm that climate change will do and in determining what effort should be put into reducing it. Among other applications of value theory, we need to judge the value of changes in the world's human population. Climate change and climate policy will have major effects on population. If climate change is extreme - as is possible - it will even cause a collapse in the population. Yet policy makers have so far paid no attention to evaluating these changes. The moral philosophy of population is needed to close this gap.