Public conceptions of justice in climate engineering:evidence from
secondary analysis of public deliberation
McLaren, Duncan and Parkhill, Karen and Corner, Adam and Vaughan, Naomi and
Pidgeon, Nicolas (2016)
Public conceptions of justice in climate engineering: evidence from
secondary analysis of public deliberation.
Global Environmental Change. ISSN 0959-3780 (In Press)
Secondary analysis of transcripts of public dialogues on climate
engineering indicates that justice concerns are an important but as yet
under-recognised dimension influencing public reactions to these emerging
techniques. This paper describes and explores justice issues raised by
participants in a series of deliberative public engagement meetings. Such
justice issues included the distribution of costs and benefits across space
and time; the relative power and influence of beneficiaries and others; and
the weakness of procedural justice measures that might protect public
interests in decision making about climate engineering. We argue that
publics are mobilising diverse concepts of justice, echoing both
philosophical and practical sources. We conclude that a better
understanding of conceptions of justice in this context could assist
exploration and understanding of public perceptions of and attitudes
towards climate engineering and the different technologies involved. Such
detailed public engagement would appear essential if sound, well-informed
and morally justifiable decisions are to be made regarding research or
development of climate engineering.
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