What is an (Ethically) Optimal Soda Tax?”
First Lecturer of the 2019-2020 Forry and Micken Lecture series on "Just Human Health" will be Douglas Paul Mackay (Associate Professor of Public Policy, Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina). The title of his lecture is What is an (Ethically) Optimal Soda Tax?” For Further information contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805. For further information, please contact Dee Brace at (413) 542-5805 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: This talk explores climate ethics through the lens of 2015 autobiography, The Right to be Cold, which traces Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s journey from early childhood in an Inuit town in northern Quebec to her later leadership and international advocacy on behalf of Inuit communities in Canada and throughout the world. I argue that Watt-Cloutier’s account offers important lessons for understanding climate ethics and climate justice, by highlighting the deeply contextual and relational dimensions of climate impacts; implicitly challenging highly abstract and ideal conceptions of justice; and at the same time, strategically deploying the notion of human rights to convey what is at stake for Arctic peoples in a changing climate.