Harmful effects: Ethics and climate change
(based on some personal views by Sir John Houghton).
These dramatic and potentially devastating changes do pose some important ethical questions. Sir John Houghton has addressed some of these issues in his recent book on ‘Global Warming’ and in a key-note lecture on climate change. Some of his important ideas and opinions are outlined below.
Some important questions
- Should we be concerned about the potentially devastating changes which lie ahead and the effect it will have on the next generation and beyond?
- What responsibilities do we have to the planet as a whole?
- Do we have a responsibility to future generations?
- Does our scientific knowledge match up with other insights, for instance ethical and religious ones, regarding our relationship with the environment?