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Eco-modernism

Is modernization and economic development compatible with environmental sustainability? Is it possible for humans to continue with our capitalist ways while still protecting nature? As we have learnt last week, …

Merits of eco-modernism

Eco-modernism is the application of practical empiricist principles for policy-making to our aesthetic appreciation of, and species-wide reliance on, nature. It is an environmentalism that is ethical, individualist, innovative, affective, …

Religion and climate change

How does religion come into play with climate change narratives? Religion shapes our sense of moral duty and our shared beliefs. In turn, this shapes our ethical and social behaviours …

Deep ecology and eco-socialism

What is deep ecology, and what is eco-socialism? What are their arguments, and how do they differ from one another? These two concepts might seem intimidating, so let’s break it …

Environmental ethics

Environmental ethics is a discipline within philosophy which has swiftly garnered international academic status. In essence, we can think of environmental ethics as essentially asking two simple questions. Firstly, do …

What is climate science?

Most of us would instinctively understand science primarily through a physical and quantitative lens. In this video, we consider the merits of the scientification of climate – in particular, its …

Making climate discoverable and predictable

As the World Wars washed away great empires and imperial dreams, the onset of the Cold War manifested strong geopolitical rivalries. In turn, this spurred the invention of new climate …

Extending environmental ethics beyond anthropocentrism

In this final article for Week 1, we expand our understanding of environmental ethics beyond anthropocentrism. Image credit: Pixabay on Pexels As mentioned previously, traditional western philosophy is dominated by …

Transcending place boundedness

When climatic knowledge transcends its place-bound origins, local climate knowledge turns into global climate knowledge. This is possible because of the new social technologies which emerged through imperial patronage. The …

Case study: Plastic versus eco-modernism

In 2019, 48 pounds of plastic consisting of shopping bags, disposable plates, and even a detergent package were the contents found inside a dead sperm whale in Italy. Image credit: …

Introduction to eco-modernism

In this article, we introduce what eco-modernism is all about through three sections: (1) our current reality; (2) the argument of eco-modernism; and (3) the counter that eco-modernism offers. Image …

Deep dive into eco-modernism

In this article, we dive deeper into eco-modernism’s argument through two sections: (1) reducing reliance through decoupling; and (2) decoupling through technology and demography. 1. Reducing reliance through decoupling As …

What is environmental ethics?

This article will equip you with the necessary tools to understand environmental ethics: (1) the definition of environmental ethics; (2) the distinction between instrumental and intrinsic value; and (3) traditional …

Why is environmental ethics important?

This article expands on environmental ethics through two sections: (1) how environmental ethics is related to this module; (2) anthropocentrism’s challenge to environmental politics. 1. How environmental ethics is related …

Understanding climate through culture

This article works to demonstrate that climate is interlinked with culture – the two cannot be easily separated. But first – what is climate, and what is culture? Image credit: …