On Easter evening, I was in the bookstore Tronsmo in Oslo Ethics in the time of the climate crisis in the hands. I picked it up, started flipping. I do not remember a word that was allowed to stick, only that a large, dark lump rose in me: "I can not bear to relate to this now."
When I finally read the book a few weeks later, it is with a kind of shame of relief: It is precisely the dark cloud they are dealing with. The philosopher Arne Johan Vetlesen and the theologian Jan-Olav Henriksen's book is a step into a new ethic, founded on a justice extended to apply to more than human actors. The authors put nothing in between and call the crisis really a crisis – paradoxically, it inspires hope in me. Recognizing the problem is, as is well known, the first step.
The lack of action and commitment among Norway's population is treated on the basis of the knowledge we have that our standard of living is neither compatible with the goal of a temperature increase of 1,5 ˚C nor to stop. . .
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