Climate change justice: getting motivated in the last chance saloon
McKinnon, C. (2010) Climate change justice: getting motivated in the last chance saloon. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 14 (2). pp. 195-213. ISSN 1743-8772
To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2011.529708
A key reason for pessimism with respect to greenhouse gas emissions reduction relates to the ‘motivation problem’, whereby those who could make the biggest difference prima facie have the least incentive to act because they are most able to adapt: how can we motivate such people (and thereby everyone else) to accept, indeed to initiate, the changes to their lifestyles that are required for effective emissions reductions? This paper offers an account inspired by Rawls of the good of membership of ‘intergenerational cooperative union’ to achieve justice that provides a solution to the motivation problem.