The 2020 Royal Institute of Philosophy / Royal Society of Edinburgh Lecture, 'The Misunderstood Risks of Climate Change' was given on 6 November 2020.
This year’s annual joint RSE and Royal Institute of Philosophy event will be held on Monday 16 November at 1:30pm. We will be joined by Professor Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at New York University, who will be discussing ‘The Misunderstood Risks of Climate Change’.
Are democracies equipped to tackle climate change?
In this lecture Professor Jamieson suggests that the significance of two of the most important risks of climate change are misunderstood. Political risks matter because the very future of liberal societies and democratic governance are in jeopardy; existential risks matter because they feed political risks, and because they threaten the very sources of meaning in our lives. Together, existential and political risks contribute to and reflect our sense of powerlessness. The old environmentalism was a way of life as much as a search for solutions. It matters who we are and how we live, not just what we bring about.
‘‘Tackling climate change requires long-term commitments, yet the time horizon of democratic leaders is keyed to the electoral cycle.”
– Professor Dale Jamieson
Professor Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at New York University