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Environmental Philosophy

Volume 18, Issue 1, Spring 2021

Julia D. GibsonOrcid-ID
Pages 5-39

Climate Justice for the Dead and the Dying
When Past-Oriented Environmentalism Isn’t Enough

Environmentalism has long placed heavy emphasis on strategies that seek to ensure the environment of today and the future roughly mirror the past. Yet while past-oriented approaches have come under increased scrutiny, environmental ethics in the time of climate change is still largely conceptualized as that which could pull humanity back from the brink of disaster or, at least, prevent the worst of it. As a result, practical and conceptual tools for grappling with what is owed to the dead and dying victims of environmental injustice have been and continue to be woefully underdeveloped. This paper advances scaffolding for robust environmental death ethics that are temporally pluralistic and at home within intergenerational climate justice.

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