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The fragility of climate, human responsibility and finding the impetus to act decisively – investigating the potential of the ethics of care / Karen Morrow

Research Handbook on Global Climate Constitutionalism, Pages: 114 - 131

Swansea University Author: Karen Morrow

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    This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Research Handbook on Global Climate Constitutionalism edited by Jordi Jaria-Manzano and Susana Borrás, published in 2019, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781788115810.00013

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DOI (Published version): 10.4337/9781788115810.00013

Abstract

While the climate change crisis is prompting efforts to employ human rights law to address some of the most obvious impacts that is having/will have on people, such an approach exhibits inherent limitations and will, given its very nature, inevitably fall short in addressing anthropogenic climate ch...

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Published in: Research Handbook on Global Climate Constitutionalism
ISBN: 978 1 78811 580 3 9781788115810
Published: Edward Elgar Publishing 2019
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa50545
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Abstract: While the climate change crisis is prompting efforts to employ human rights law to address some of the most obvious impacts that is having/will have on people, such an approach exhibits inherent limitations and will, given its very nature, inevitably fall short in addressing anthropogenic climate change. The failings of current law and policy in addressing climate change contribute to a deleterious tendency to disengagement with the issues and nothing less that a new way of conceiving the human/environment relationship is now imperative to revivify debate and action. This chapter argues that pursuing the concert of human responsibility, though fraught with difficulty, has potential in this regard. To give momentum to this debate, this chapter examines the possibilities of applying a radical, eco-feminist-framed, ecologically-informed, iteration of the responsibility-rooted feminist ethics of care to the human/environment relationship to render it more fit to address the existential challenges we now face.
Keywords: human rights; responsibility; (dis)engagement; ethics of care; ecofeminism.
Start Page: 114
End Page: 131