Ethics Report Paper on Climate Change

Climate Change


Ethics in climate change refers to an area of research that focuses on the ethical dimensions of human induced climate change, for which policies are formulated for control purposes. The ultimate justification for response towards climate change is that it is an issue of moral concerns (Gardiner, 2011). The world is faced with ethical dimensions concerning climate change because humanity fails to take action to rein in factors such as carbon emissions. The ethical concerns focus on the cost of the current generation, which is spread further into the future and it questions why the future should pay for the current mess causing climate change.  The rational for action depends on what matters to the people the most and what they think is right, in weight of economic, scientific, and social consequences.

Climate Change

Climate changes have been caused by varying factors most of which are human caused, such as pollution, deforestation, and gas emissions among others. Emission of gasses can be in a large or small scale, varying from the emission of pollutant gasses from the factories to the small scale emission of gasses from house hood sprays (Gardiner, 2011). The leading cause for the changes is greenhouse gas emissions from the surface of the world to the environment. Human activity is the cause of this challenge, and it affects everyone across the world become there is only one ozone layer to serve the whole world; therefore, it’s through human ethical decision that it can be solved (Urry, 2011).

Climate changes have contributed to the more contemporary issue on the earth today with experts, and the entire society is seeking for a remedy to curb the repercussions. This contemporary issue is global warming, which has caused many negative effects on the living organisms and the earth in general (Moss et al., 2010). The consequences of climate changes involve rising temperatures, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, variable rainfall patterns, and extreme weather, which is causing drastic hazards, such as floods and drought on earth (Moss et al., 2010). The consequences of climate change are affecting the daily lives of people because of the changes that humanity have been forced to comply with, such as changing patterns of rainfall (Moss et al., 2010). This, for instance, has affected many farmers in the production of food and has affected the economy at large because agriculture has been termed as the backbone of the economy in many countries (Bellard et al., 2012). This has prompted world organizations to set policies and guidelines, for which countries and organizations have become signatories in order to comply with climate change ethics and environmental safety regulations.

The ethical reflections on the best way to respond to climate change are very complex, and therefore require both solidarity and responsibility, which is in terms of an individual and collectiveness (Gardiner, 2011). There should be an underlying feeling of solidarity, which emphasizes the value for human relationships and the world at large. This implies that every moral decision an individual makes is carefully thought out and is one that flourishes all other human beings and the whole world.

Solidarity runs through space and time, and it requires that every human being measures their responses to climate change by considering the needs of all humans, particularly those who are most threatened. They should realize that the effects will not only affect the people living today, but also the future human beings and the world they shall inherit (Bellard et al., 2012).


Due to the anticipated severe impact that climate change can result to, such as disruptions in the living conditions of multitudes of people, there is adequate convergence of ethical principles that make a number of recommendations for individuals, organizations and governments. Understanding the facts about climate change and human rights is the first step towards climate change ethics.





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