20 February 2020 from 16:00 to 17:30

Earth System Governance Speaker Series

Fair Limits in the Anthropocene – what are the just boundaries of our ecological footprint?

Prof. Ingrid Robeyns and Dr. Fergus Green will share their insights from the ongoing Fair Limits project, including how distributive justice can be thought of in terms of ecological resources and in the context of the Anthropocene. 

Prof. Ingrid Robeyns and Dr. Fergus Green form part of the Fair Limits team, which examines questions about the distribution of economic and ecological resources from the perspective of contemporary normative political philosophy. Within this field, the topic of distributive justice has been central in order to discuss the minimal needs of persons and how to reduce inequalities.

The Fair Limits project focuses on ‘limitarianism’ which holds the view that there should be upper limits to how many resources (valuable goods) it is morally permissible to have as a person. What could be the potential value of this perspective when applied to the context of the Anthropocene and the current climate crisis? Should we set upper limits on what quantity of greenhouse emissions is morally allowable to emit as a person, in order to decrease our ecological footprint? How could we justify such limits? What considerations might militate against individual-level limits?

These questions will be delved into further in an ensuing panel debate with Dr Agni Kalfagianni as discussant and chaired by Dr James Patterson, after the presentation of Prof Robeyns and Dr. Green.

Prof Dr. Ingrid Robeyns holds the chair in the Ethics of Institutions at the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University. Trained as an economist and philosopher, her research focuses on the capability approach, social justice, desirable institutional change and applied and non-ideal philosophy, as well as in the development of normative theories and methods that are needed to support this type of integrated research.

Dr. Fergus Green is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Fair Limits Project in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University, where he focuses on the political philosophy of ecological limits. 

Dr. Agni Kalfagianni is Associate Professor of the Transnational Sustainability Governance at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. She specializes in the effectiveness, legitimacy, and ethical and justice considerations of private and transnational forms of governance in the sustainability domain.

The event will be followed by an informal drink for registered participants.

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The Earth System Governance Speaker Series at Utrecht University is part of the broader global network, the Earth System Governance Project, which is hosted by Utrecht’s Faculty of Geosciences.

Start date and time
20 February 2020 16:00
End date and time
20 February 2020 17:30
Entrance fee
Free