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Individual Responsibility and Climate Injustice Conference 2020

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What should individuals do about the unfolding climate crisis? Join academics around the globe to reflect on this pressing question.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the impacts of COVID-19 we’ve decided it would be best to postpone the conference. Depending on how the situation evolves, we’re hoping to reschedule the event for October-November 2020. If you’re interested in receiving updates, please register for the conference.

We conduct our lives within institutions that may be destroying civilization as we know it. We know the mechanism through which we are doing this, and our voluntary actions contribute to it. Global structural responses are slow and uncertain. Individual responses suffer from uncertainty and inefficacy. And yet to suppose that individuals need do nothing, while governments dither, seems preposterous. What, then, should individuals do? How does the climate-related injustice of our institutions implicate us? How should we – as individuals or as members of states, social groups, or associations – conduct ourselves in light of it? That is the problem, broadly speaking, that this conference seeks to address.

The conference, encompassing Earth Day 2020, is a “rolling” 36-hour online event, continuing across all time zones and bringing together speakers and discussants from all inhabited continents. Conducted entirely online, the conference minimizes participation barriers and aims to be inclusive of a genuinely global set of perspectives on this urgent problem. Unlike in-person conferences, presentations and discussions will be archived so that they can be accessed in perpetuity. The format also eliminates the climate-altering emissions associated with conference travel.

The conference will feature eight plenary speakers from around the world. Each plenary will have a commentator, whose brief reflections on the paper will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event is sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy and the Australian Research Council.

More details and comference programme: www.climateconference2020.net

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