Three Degrees Advisor and project collaborator Stephen Gardiner has an written an excellent post for Yale 360. In it, Steve lays out his argument for why climate change is a perfect moral storm, with the powerful convergence of global, intergenerational, and institutional challenges steady at the helm of the climate crisis. This storm has driven us away from our own sense of “what’s fair.” Steve points out that we are passing the buck to future generations in the form of sterile and lackluster emissions reductions pledges, geoengineering technologies that might “fix” the climate for the current generation at risk of the next, and slumbering economic policies that are out-of-whack with environmental realities.
Despite what Steve refers to as our ethical intuition, the devil is in the details. The problem isn’t so much a climate problem, or a political problem but an ethical one at heart. Read Steve’s essay here.