Climate Justice: A Bioethics Perspective
Ethics Grand Rounds:
The background to justice in bioethics revolves around fair access to costly health care resources. Meanwhile, social movements emphasize economic, racial, and identity inequalities within the United States. The demands of climate change add conceptions of justice: environmental justice, intra-specific justice, global inequality, differential responsibility for climate change, and generational justice. How are we to sort out these different emphases? Meanwhile, the rate of climate change is accelerating, and 27 years of negotiations has yielded no actual reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. While we argue, inevitable misery is mounting up unjustly for young people and future generations.
Andrew Jameton, PhD, Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics, UMN; Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health University of Nebraska Medical Center | Dr. Jameton's main area of interest is the philosophy and ethics of environmental health. He is currently teaching and conducting research on global ethical issues in health care and public health, such as equality, environment, ecological medicine, and global climate change.
Dr. Jameton serves on the Medical Ethics Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the Ethics Consultation Service, and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He serves on several committees in the College of Public Health, including planning committees for a Center in Ethics and Humanities, and a possible Public Health MSIA PhD. He is a co-founder and board member of City Sprouts, a community gardening and sustainability education project.