Sydney Ideas: Biodiversity and extinction - can we achieve justice for all?

19 June 2019

Climate change, resource extraction and increasing levels of extinction present unprecedented challenges

What does justice mean if humans, non-human animals and the environment are all taken seriously as subjects of justice?

There is a huge amount at stake as we work out how to best tackle the complex social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that between 10,000 and 100,000 animal species are becoming extinct each year. At the same time, climate change and large-scale extraction of natural resources is putting enormous strain on the  environment, communities, and  habitats.

Do we need to expand, and transform, the realm of justice beyond humans to include non-human animals and the environment? The idea that all humans, irrespective of their gender or race, ability or sexuality, only emerged in the 20th century, with the rise of the international human rights regime. Since then, there has been little agreement about what justice looks like, let alone what types of political, economic and social arrangements will best realise it.

As intense debates about how the planet’s ‘resources’ ought to be ‘used’ and by whom continues to rage, do we need to completely reconsider how we live and consume resources, and reconceptualise our interaction with the more-than-human, to advance justice for all?

Reflecting on specific cases, the speakers at this event will consider the challenges and the possibility of learning to take diverse ethical obligations and perspectives across the human and animal worlds more seriously.

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Sydney Ideas: Biodiversity and extinction - can we achieve justice for all?

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19 June 2019


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