Meetings on Climate Ethics at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center

What are the ethical and moral questions posed by climate change, and how should we—as individuals and societies—respond to them?

Those questions are posed in a book of essays, Climate Ethics: Essential Readings, published this year by Oxford University Press. And they will be expanded on in three upcoming events at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the University of Tennessee campus.

John Nolt, UT professor of philosophy, and Joanne Logan, environmental climatologist and UT professor of biosystems engineering and soil science, will lead discussions of chapters from the book on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m., in the Baker Center's Toyota Auditorium. The Oct. 26 program will focus on chapters 11 and 15: "Subsistence Emissions and Luxury Emissions" by Henry Shue, and "Adaptation, Mitigation and Justice" by Dale Jamieson. On Nov. 2, the subjects are chapters 4 and 18: "Perfect Moral Storm," by Stephen Gardiner, and "It's Not My Fault," by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. (The book can be purchased online. A limited number of paper copies of the four chapters are available. To inquire about receiving one, contact Amy Gibson at

Then, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, one of the book's editors and authors, Stephen Gardiner, will give a public lecture on "Climate Policy in a Perfect Moral Storm," also in the Toyota Auditorium. All events are free.