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The context of vulnerability

In its “Report on the Ethical Implications of Climate Change,” COMEST emphasized “the need to address the most pressing needs of the most vulnerable in the face of major uncertainties and exigencies of international cooperation” that undermine the formulation of universal ethical principles to guide responses to the challenges of climate change (2010).

That is, the interests of the most vulnerable populations served as the inspiration for COMEST’s principles of climate change ethics.

In 2013, COMEST highlighted the desperation of those affected by the adverse consequences of climate change when it noted “that when it comes to the question of climate change adaptation, the urgency of the situation requires that those who are most affected must act as a matter of survival.”

We must take a closer look at the living conditions of those who are most vulnerable to climate change.

I hope that you will enjoy this part of the course because you will also have the opportunity to evaluate your own vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change.

In light of this, please share your comments and contribute to the discussion on the following question:

  • “What makes people vulnerable to climate change?”

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