The Potential Of Co-Benefits In Climate Change Mitigation Strategy: An Opportunity for Environmental and Social Justice

ปีที่ 14 (2561) ฉบับที่ 1มกราคม - มิถุนายน

Abstract

Climate change mitigation policies can have associated other positive consequences besides greenhouse gases decrease which are known as co-benefits. By analyzing several examples of climate change mitigation actions, we establish that the co-benefits discourse is strongly influenced by utilitarianism. However, there are important, but disregarded limitations to utilitarianism when applied to co-benefits. We sustain that, in this context, they promote environmental and social inequality. We further argue that including a deontological perspective in the co-benefits discourse better guarantees the safeguard of dignity and respect for all individuals affected by the climate change mitigation actions. This integration creates also concrete opportunities for the life improvement of the worst-off. Finally, we discuss the potential, for scientists and politicians, to promote public understanding and approval of climate change mitigation strategies by including rights and moral obligations when considering the impacts and trade-off of co-benefits.

 

Keywords : Co-benefits, climate change mitigation, utilitarianism, rights, environmental justice

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ISSN: 1686-9192