This paper outlines and partially defends a ‘cooperative promotional’ model of individual climate justice duties. Individuals should act together with motivated others, through intentionally collective action or combined individual changes, to promote fair, effective, efficient global action on mitigation and adaptation. This model employs expected consequence reasoning. However, it is importantly distinct from utilitarian approaches in (a) being orientated towards a particular end whose collective moral force can be negatively or positively defended and (b) incorporating deontological and individual cost constraints.
Fulfilling one’s cooperative promotional duty will almost certainly involve, but is by no means limited to, cutting one’s own carbon footprint. Thus, the paper rejects the claim that individuals must minimise this footprint on grounds independent of, and lexically prior to, promotional considerations. Two further complexities are then unpacked. One concerns demandingness. The other results from different understandings of fairness and comprehensive moral views within those motivated to tackle climate change, especially given the possible actions of those not so motivated.
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