Climate Justice and Non-State Actors: Corporations, Regions, Cities, and Individuals (2020, Routledge)
Co-edited with Jeremy Moss.
The climate justice literature remains largely focused upon the rights and duties of states. Yet, for decades, states have failed to take adequate steps to address climate change. This has led some to suggest that, if severe climate change and its attendant harms are to be avoided, non-state actors of various kinds are going to have to step into the breach. This essays in this collection examine the climate duties of the most significant non-state actors – corporations, sub-national political communities, and individuals. Contributors include Susanne Burri, Stephanie Collins, Elizabeth Cripps, Garrett Cullity, Elisabeth Ellis, Benjamin Hale, Jeremy Moss, and Lachlan Umbers.
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Climate Justice Beyond the State (under contract with Routledge, expected delivery June 2020)
Co-authored with Jeremy Moss.
Virtually every figure in the climate justice literature agrees that states are presently failing to discharge their duties to take action on climate change. Few, however, have attempted to think through what follows from that fact from a moral point of view. In Climate Justice Beyond the State, we argue that states’ failure to take action on climate change has important implications for the duties of the most important actors states contain within them – sub-national political communities, corporations, and individuals – actors that have been largely neglected in the climate justice literature, to date. Sub-national political communities and corporations, we argue, have duties to immediately, aggressively, and unilaterally reduce their emissions. Individuals, on the other hand, have duties to help promote collective action on climate change. Along the way, we make contributions to a range of related debates on topics including the nature of collective duties, the requirements of morality under conditions of partial compliance, and the nature of fairness-based duties.