Climate ethics

Addressing the climate problem requires more than just developing and applying a certain technology. It demands considerations of whose interests and whose rights are at stake. It also requires reflection on how and "under which condition" technology can change and shape the world for the better.

Dr. Ir. Behnam Taebi

Course description

Climate change is considered to be one of the most urgent problems the world is currently facing. Two types of solutions are proposed namely mitigation and adaptation. Both climate change mitigation and adaptation are heavily relying on the progress of technology. Addressing the climate problem requires, however, more than just developing and applying a certain technology. It demands considerations of whose interests and whose rights are at stake. It also requires reflection on how and "under which condition" technology can change and shape the world for the better.

In this course we will focus on the following ethical aspects of climate change:

  • - Past emissions and responsibility to deal with climate change
  • - Implications of global warming on human safety and security
  • - The distribution of burdens and benefits, emission rights and international justice
  • - Future generations and intergenerational justice
  • - New developments after the Paris Agreement


The course will be offered in English and it is primarily for MSc students. Enrollment on Bright Space is sufficient.

Study goals

  • Creating awareness about climate change induced by humans
  • Insights into ethical aspects of climate change and into implications for law and policy-making
  • Being able to understand the ethical and social conditions under which technological solutions can be successful
  • Being able to understand and reflect on the international negotiations and agreements for dealing with climate change

Justice And Climate Change | Behnam Taebi