Quoted on climate ethics in the Globe


in Canada, Politics, The environment

I am mentioned and briefly quoted in a Globe and Mail article about climate change messaging, and the building of political will: Lowering the doom. Also quoted are James Hoggan, David Suzuki, William Rees, and others.

They quote part of my ‘libertarianism is no longer very liberating’ argument: “If we can accept that climate change causes harm to current and future generations,” he writes, “the argument that polluters have some right to keep behaving as they have in the past weakens considerably.”

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Padraic December 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Congrats, that is quite flattering.

Milan December 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm


Here is another related post: The moral choices in assigning rights.

Milan December 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Here is a photo of the small section of the article where I am quoted:

Milan Ilnyckyj quoted in the Globe and Mail, 5 December 2009

Gail December 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Excellent, I especially like the picture!

oleh December 5, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Congratulations on being quote in a well researched and important article in the Focus section of Canada’s national newspaper.

Emily December 5, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Well done! It is encouraging that such a prominent news source is taking note of your research and considerations.

. December 6, 2009 at 12:08 pm

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Milan I Front page of Section F, if anyone has a paper copy.

Susan L Bravo, Milan!

Peach F Kudos :)

Evey H Amazing!

Andrea S You da best!

Monica M Milan! Providing your first national benchmark? Awesome. Congrats – I hope you’re celebrating for being recognized independently as a source of environmental information – it’s a major milestone.

Charmaine S Milan, I saw this at home during our weekly Saturday globe scour. You prompted a long discussion on the issue. Thanks for that, and for being part of a “shake-up” of the way Focus is usually presented!

R.K. December 7, 2009 at 11:13 am


The point you make is an important one. By focusing on the known link between emitting activities and harms imposed on actual people, you can undermine the argument that people have a right to carry on in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

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