Ethical Questions re Climate Change

At forum, MIT community tackles tough ethical questions of climate change.

An MIT panel discussed The ethical challenges presented by climate change and the question of what individuals — and academic institutions like MIT — can do to affect change. “Science has performed its role adequately,” said Vice President for Research Maria Zuber, “[but] it cannot tell us what our obligations are to future generations. Determining how to respond to climate change is a question for all of us.”

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One Response to Ethical Questions re Climate Change

  1. plodinec says:

    It is sad that a person in such a responsible position – and undoubtedly brilliant – can be so obtuse. We certainly have a responsibility to future generations but that does not mean we do not have an obligation to those living now. I’m sure it is comfortable – and comforting – for academic drones to tut-tut about the obtuseness of the Deplorables, but it is precisely those Deplorables who are giving more of what they have to help those who are in need NOW.

    And what of this “certainty” about climate change? Yes, the climate is changing. Yes, it has warmed since the ’70s. Yes, we know more now than ever before about what affects the climate. BUT – we know less than is acknowledged about the natural vs the anthropomorphic contributions to that change, and even less about whether the change will be a boon or bane. Our models – tuned so that they match the warmup from the ’70s to Y2K – see temperatures in this century diverging more and more from their predictions. Further, they leave unexplained the forty year warmup of the early 1900s, and the subsequent slight cooldown of the next 30 years. Basing policies on their inconsistencies seems like building a beach house on the sand. Particularly ones that will have real negative impacts on those around the world who must do without the necessities that these academics take for granted. Makes me wonder who really are the Deplorables…

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