Why I Should Still Offset Rather Than Do More Good

Ethics, Policy and Environment 25 (3):249-252 (2022)
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ABSTRACT Stefansson (forthcoming) argues that by emitting and offsetting, we fail to fulfil our justice-based duty to avoid harm owed to specific individuals. In this paper, I explore a case where offsetting fails to prevent some but not all risks of harms that our emissions impose on them. By drawing on a distinction between general and specific duties not to (risk) harm, I argue that if by emitting and offsetting, we satisfy some (if not all) of our specific duties we owe others, then this gives us stronger moral reasons to offset than give to charities that do good more effectively.

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Against Denialism.John Broome - 2019 - The Monist 102 (1):110-129.
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On Climate Matters: Offsetting, Population, and Justice.Elizabeth Cripps - 2016 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 40 (1):114-128.

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