My earlier post with a sermon on five steps to carbon sobriety fell flat and attracted no comments. I promised a wonkish follow-up on the underlying principles. A small ethical problem: is a promise made to the empty air still binding? Bentham would no doubt have said no, Kant yes. I’ve written the thing anyway, so, any gentle readers, here it is.
I won’t defend the particular numbers I gave; they are only relevant to my family’s particular circumstances.
I A collective action problem – but what sort?
Carbon reduction is usually discussed here as a collective-action problem.
Let me see if I get this idea. It helps to distinguish between strong and weak versions. Continue Reading…