Summary of Project’s First and Second Phases and Call for Researchers for Second Phase

This site contains reports from 23 nations examined in the first and second phase of this project on the extent to which national debates and nations have considered or ignored ethics and justice issues in formulating national climate change policies.

Climate change is a problem that screams for attention as being understood essentially as a problem of ethics and justice, a fact which has profound significance for national climate change policy development but a fact which our research has concluded is largely being ignored by most nations.

The project seeks to help deepen reflection by nations and civil society on national responses to climate change through examining national climate change policies through an ethical, justice, equity lens.

If  nations fail to base their climate change policies on what ethics and justice require of them on mitigation of their greenhouse gas emissions and funding for adaptation, losses, and damages, then the global response to climate change will not be ambitious enough to avoid catastrophic climate impacts while deepening existing injustices in the world.

A summary of lessons learned from the first and second phase of the project are available above under the tab “lessons learned.”

Some of the national reports from the first phase of the project are available  on this website and others are contained in the following new free book which has been published by the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, Ethics Specialist Group, This book contains reports on the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Russia, China, South Africa, South Korea, Kenya, Italy, Japan, Bolivia, Thailand, and Uganda. The book is:

Ethics and Climate Change: A Study of National Commitments

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Electronic copies are free for download here. The download URL is : http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/iucn_eplp_86_advanced_copy.pdf


At the completion of the second phase of the project, reports are available from the following countries. Argentina , Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada , China, Fiji , India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Samoa, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda, United States of America, and Zimbabwe

Comments on these reports should be sent to Prue Taylor and Donald A. Brown at the above emails. We actively seek comments on these reports.  We recognize that any report published in this project may be incomplete because national positions on these issues are rapidly changing over time. We therefore actively solicit comments and corrections to these reports.

The reports on this website are attributable to the researchers who are identified in each report. We thank the researchers for their work.