Climate Change: Ethics in Action

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 5:15pm


From low-lying Pacific islands to drought-stricken areas in Africa, climate change is already threatening the lives and livelihoods of those who have done the least to cause it. While the moral hazard of climate change is clear, the collective nature of its causes and the remoteness of its impacts challenge many of our ethical intuitions.

What is our ethical responsibility to take action against climate change, as individuals and as a university?

As we grapple with different points of view, what are the distinctions between healthy skepticism and dangerous denial, and what is our responsibility to defend science against disinformation?

With massive societal shifts necessary to limit global temperature rise to dangerous levels? What level of action against climate change is "enough"?

Join other members of the MIT community in a conversation about the ethical implications of climate change and our collective responsibility for action. Dinner will be served.

  • 5:15 - Introduction

  • 5:30 - Keynote

    • Dale Jamieson - Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy; Affiliated Professor of Law and Bioethics; Chair of Environmental Studies Department at New York University

    • 6:10: Dale Jamison and Tom Kiley: Moderated Q&A

  • 6:30 - Dinner served with panel discussion beginning by 7:00pm

  • 7:00pm (Including moderated Q&A)

  • Panel on the role of universities in responding to climate change

    • Kerry Emanuel - Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT

    • Susan Silbey - Professor of Humanities, Sociology and Anthropology at MIT; Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, Sloan School of Management

    • Janelle Knox-Hayes - Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT

    • Nathan Phillips - Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University

    • Moderated by Kieran Setiya - Professor and Acting Chair of Philosophy at MIT


Sponsored by:

Office of the Vice President for Research

Radius/Technology and Culture Forum at MIT