This course addresses the moral or ethical issues that result from climatechange: whatshouldwe do, whatmustwe do, to respond to climatechange? What should we doindividually, and what should we docollectively, as local communities, states, nations and as a global effort? Whymustwe do this, andhow?
Ethical discussions of real-world issues depend on an understanding of the facts. To know what we should do about climatechange, we need to know the facts. These facts are determined by science, so how do we develop scientific literacy so that more people, especially people of influence, better understand these facts?Understanding the relevant science and trusting scientists is amoralissue: what must we do to increase the knowledge, understanding, and trust that’s needed to confront climatechange?
Unfortunately, there are powerful cultural and political forces that work to distort, deny and undermine a scientific understanding of climatechange. How do we identify those sources and address them?How can we effectively communicate the messages needed for individuals and societies to make ethical choices?
Climatechange is an ethical issue, to put it very simply, because many bad things are happening, and are predicted to happen, because of it.Whatare these bad things, andwhoare they bad for? While this often seems obvious,whyare they bad, and what are the most effective, fair and just ways to address this badness?Simple questions here lead to complex and challenging ethical questions about our individual and collective ethical obligations, the nature of fairness and justice, and more. Some activities, done in connection with local organizations that address climate change:
students will strategize about how to best "move" climatechange messages, both attheindividual and collective / policy levels and test these strategies,
students will contribute to the efforts of the Georgia Climate Project, such as working with their “Georgia Climate Stories” project to document the impact on climatechange on people in Georgia and how they are responding:https://stories.georgiaclimateproject.org/