Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Discussion 2
The Justice of Climate Change
In Chapter 1 of your textbook, the author identifies the possible causes and consequences of global warming/climate change as emerging issues loaded with implications for justice. He also analyzes the concepts of distributive justice, commutative justice, and retributive justice and suggests their relevance to conversations about how individuals, businesses, and nations should respond justly to evidence of global warming. These conversations are made more difficult by acrimonious debates about the quality of the scientific evidence that supports global warming hypotheses as well as the motives and integrity of various scientists on both sides of the issue. “Case Study 1.4 – Getting Warmer?” illustrates this problem.
Familiarize yourself with the debate highlighted in Case Study 1.4 by reviewing the required resources for this discussion. Then apply concepts of distributive justice, commutative justice, and retributive justice to answer the following questions. How should the concept of distributive justice influence the response of the United States to evidence of global warming? Why? How should the concept of commutative justice influence your response, as an individual, to evidence of global warming? Why? How should the concept of retributive justice influence governmental and individual responses to business activities which emit substantial amounts of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases.” Why?
Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length and should fully respond to all parts of the question. Support your claims with examples from the required resources and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7 whose viewpoints are different from yours. Each peer response must be at least 125 words. Stimulate critical thinking by contrasting your perspective with your classmate’s and explaining yours, or by asking your classmate a question and explaining why your question is significant.