Liz Cripps, "(How) Should We Be 'Green' Parents"

Even in affluent societies, climate change is a very serious problem for our children and grandchildren. This paper addresses the surprisingly neglected question of whether parents – as parents – have special duties to act on it. A shared or weakly collective duty is defended for parents to organise to protect the current generation of children from climate change, and a defence of a further claim sketched: that parents have a duty to cooperate to protect all future generations from these harmful effects. It also defends a parental duty to cultivate in one’s own children a lower-emissions lifestyle and educate them about the dangers of anthropogenic climate change. Two types of argument are offered: one appealing to the children’s own interests, the other appealing to their status as future moral agents.

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