Carleton University Celebrates World Philosophy Day with an Examination of the Ethics of Climate Change

Carleton University’s Department of Philosophy will celebrate 2010 World Philosophy Day with a keynote address by renowned ethicist Peter Singer.

One of the world’s most influential thinkers in philosophy, Dr. Singer will discuss the ethics of climate change and its impact on society. In his talk, Singer asks: “Who has the moral responsibility for cleaning this up? Who should take responsibility for helping those being harmed?”

Singer’s address is timely, as world leaders convene in Cancun, Mexico for the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference on Nov. 29.

When:
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Where:
Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or online.
To purchase tickets online, please visit http://alumni.carleton.ca/events.

Background:
Climate change is already creating new risks for human beings all over the planet-flooding in some places, desertification in others, melting elsewhere and intensified storm activity.

Professor Singer is an Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. He is also Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

In the 1970s, he contributed to the emergence of applied ethics as a new field within philosophy. His books on animal liberation, human reproduction, globalization and world poverty are known worldwide. Many of his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

For more information, please visit http://www.carleton.ca/cove/events.html#2009.

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For more information:
Jay Drydyk
Professor & Chair, Department of Philosophy
613-520-2110
613-301-8255
jay_drydyk@carleton.ca

Amy Guest
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718
amy_guest@carleton.ca