Climate Justice Beyond the State

Lachlan Umbers, Jeremy Moss

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Virtually every figure in the climate justice literature agrees that states are presently failing to discharge their duties to take action on climate change. Few, however, have attempted to think through what follows from that fact from a moral point of view. In Climate Justice Beyond the State, Lachlan Umbers and Jeremy Moss argue that states’ failure to take action on climate change has important implications for the duties of the most important actors states contain within them – sub-national political communities, corporations, and individuals – actors that have been largely neglected in the climate justice literature, to date. Sub-national political communities and corporations, they argue, have duties to immediately, aggressively, and unilaterally reduce their emissions. Individuals, on the other hand, have duties to help promote collective action on climate change. Along the way, they make contributions to a range of related debates on topics including the nature of collective duties, the requirements of morality under conditions of partial compliance, and the nature of fairness-based duties.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages152
ISBN (Electronic)9781003052562
ISBN (Print)9781000336740
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge Environmental Ethics


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