chapter  4
Mitigation, adaptation, or climate engineering: do many roads lead to the desired goal?
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There is a third way in which one might deny the moral duty to mitigate climate change. This does not focus on the basis or on the addressee of the supposed duty, but instead on its content. According to this we do not have a duty to avoid (that is, to mitigate) climate change; instead, we have a duty to enable future generations to adapt to climate change or to use new technologies to intervene in the climate system to off set the greenhouse eff ect. Rather than reducing emissions (that is, mitigation ), the proponents of this position argue, we should aim at adaptation or at additional large-scale interventions in the climate system (so-called climate engineering ).