Towards a Global Carbon Integrity System: Learning from the GFC1 and Avoiding a GCC2

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Title Towards a Global Carbon Integrity System: Learning from the GFC1 and Avoiding a GCC2
Author Sampford, Charles John
Journal Name Low Carbon Economy
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
Abstract This paper examines some of the central global ethical and governance challenges of climate change and carbon emis-sions reduction in relation to globalization, the “global financial crisis” (GFC), and unsustainable conceptions of the “good life”, and argues in favour of the development of a global carbon “integrity system”. It is argued that a funda-mental driver of our climate problems is the incipient spread of an unsustainable Western version of the “good life”, where resource-intensive, high-carbon western lifestyles, although frequently criticized as unsustainable and deeply unsatisfying, appear to have established an unearned ethical legitimacy. While the ultimate solution to climate change is the development of low carbon lifestyles, the paper argues that it is also important that economic incentives support and stimulate that search: the sustainable versions of the good life provide an ethical pull, whilst the incentives provide an economic push. Yet, if we are going to secure sustainable low carbon lifestyles, it is argued, we need more than the ethical pull and the economic push. Each needs to be institutionalized—built into the governance of global, regional, national, sub-regional, corporate and professional institutions. Where currently weakness in each exacerbates the weaknesses in others, it is argued that governance reform is required in all areas supporting sustainable, low carbon versions of the good life.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/lce.2011.24026
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Scientific Research Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 2
Issue Number 4
Page from 210
Page to 219
ISSN 2158-7000
Date Accessioned 2012-02-28
Date Available 2012-06-26T22:52:21Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Environment Policy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44865
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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