Over on Climate Progress, Joseph Romm makes a good case that future generations will condemn us for ignoring climate change. He argues that there are three signs of a behaviour that is common in a society at one point, but which is later widely condemned on moral grounds:
- “people have already heard the arguments against the practice”
- “defenders of the custom tend not to offer moral counterarguments but instead invoke tradition, human nature or necessity”
- “supporters engage in what one might call strategic ignorance, avoiding truths that might force them to face the evils in which theyâ€™re complicit”
All of these factors seem to be in play, when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and the changes in climate they are producing.
As I have done, Romm compares greenhouse gas emissions now with slavery in previous times. Both were once central to the economic sytems of some places, but both impose intolerable burdens on innocent people.