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What Climate Justice Means and Why We Should Care

June 13, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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We owe it to our fellow humans – and other species – to save them from the catastrophic harm caused by climate change.

Philosopher Elizabeth Cripps approaches climate justice not just as an abstract idea but as something that should motivate us all. Using clear reasoning and poignant examples, starting from irrefutable science and uncontroversial moral rules, she explores our obligations to each other and to the non-human world, unravels the legacy of colonialism and entrenched racism, and makes the case for immediate action.

Elizabeth also looks at solutions:

  • Who should pay the bill for climate action?
  • Who must have a say?
  • How can we hold multinational companies, organisations – even nations – to account?

Join Elizabeth to discover why climate justice goes beyond political polarisation and why climate activism is a moral duty, not a political choice.

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.


About the speaker

Elizabeth Cripps is a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and the author of Climate Change and the Moral Agent and What Climate Justice Means and Why We Should Care. A moral philosopher with a focus on climate ethics and justice, she has written opinion pieces for the Guardian, The Herald and the Big Issue, and appeared on podcasts and radio shows, including for BBC Radio, WBAI, and Newstalk. As a former journalist, she worked for the Financial Times Group.


June 13, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


York Festival of Ideas


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