Jeremy Moss | Australia’s hidden climate problem
Climate justice is all about imagining and arguing for the positive future we want, not just the scary one we want to avoid.
When we look at Australia’s contribution to climate change we’re often only seeing half the story. While many politicians love to spruik our seemingly low emissions, they’re omitting the biggest factor when it comes to Australia’s contribution to the climate crisis… because it’s not what we emit directly which is the issue, but our support for exporting domestically produced fossil fuels. So what would our emissions look like if we looked at the entire picture? And our emissions really our responsibility for our exported fossil fuels?
The answer, in short, is that we must take some responsibilities for what we export. By seeing the full picture of our contributions and climate dividends we can not only cut our emissions more quickly but more fairly too. So what might our national climate policy look like if we shifted our focus to all of our contributions? And how can we ensure the costs and benefits of climate problems and solutions are experienced equitably?
In just ten minutes, or roughly the amount of time it takes to hug a few trees, philosopher Jeremy Moss will demonstrate what a just climate transition looks like.
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Jeremy Moss is professor of political philosophy at the UNSW Sydney. He is the author of several books on climate change including: Carbon Justice: the Scandal of Australia’s Biggest Contribution to Climate Change; Climate Justice Beyond the State, Climate Change and Justice. He is the recipient of the Eureka Prize for Ethics and the Australasia Association of Philosophy Media Prize.