chapter  11
18 Pages

COP 15 and the new climate agenda – the ethics of bottom-up governance

WithKristian Høyer Toft

This chapter focuses on the new organization of the climate agenda, where the hope for top-down agreements based on commonly agreed principles has been replaced by bottom-up initiatives from countries and lower-level actors. The agenda has permeated to all levels examined in this book, and thus a larger variety of actors have become engaged in the combat against climate change. This means that for instance municipalities, business corporations, and individuals in their different roles as citizens, consumers, leaders, and activists have become engaged in the project of climate change. It is argued that bottom-up thinking has significance for how to address questions of ethics and climate change. The chapter shows how these actors at different levels experience ethical dilemmas and moral predicaments in regard to climate change.