The Problem Of Climate Change

1438 Words Mar 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Take a deep breath and imagine it is Sunday morning. The birds are chirping, the air is crisp with freshness, and the sun is radiating at a perfect temperature of 62 degrees. The coast is a 6-minute drive away, and this is the perfect day to take a short journey to the rocky shore and splash in the water. However, there is one problem, an action such as driving to the beach front will almost certainly contribute to the destructive effects of climate change. Due to this claim, is it then morally obligatory to not go on this Sunday morning drive in an effort to prevent greenhouse gas emissions?
This is the question I would like to address. Each day individuals commit actions of miniscule value that arguably contribute to climate change. Driving a car on a Sunday morning is just one example of one of small occurrences possibly adding to the problem of climate change. This particular ideology, small occurrences contributing to climate change, is particularly controversial amongst the philosophical landscape. One viewpoint pertaining to this issue claims that a Sunday morning drive adds no value to climate change thus making the action morally permissible . The opposing viewpoint claims that this same Sunday morning drive is in fact at least prima facie wrong, and contributes some level of value to climate change . In this paper I will analyze and support the second viewpoint through the lens of Avram Hiller’s “Climate Change and Individual Responsibility” in an effort to…

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