chapter  9
18 Pages

Climate ethics: The end of development or a new paradigm through African sagacity?

BySirkku Hellsten, Frederick Ochieng -Odhiambo and Martin

By this time and age there has been worldwide recognition that climate change, development, human wellbeing, and security all go hand-in-hand. The World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the UN High Level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) have noted clearly that the Earth cannot sustain development based on ever increasing economic growth and consumption that causes environmental degradation, resource depletion, and climate change.1 Similar reports have been issued by the Worldwatch Institute and other NGOs. There has been much research on the impact

Global and national development strategies are finally acknowledging the connections of development, wellbeing, and security to climate change. But the concepts to tie these interdependencies together, most prominently ‘sustainable development’ and ‘green economy’, retain the conventional growth-based model of development. Economic growth evidently requires more consumption, more industrialization, and more resource use. The need for growth is based on our expectations of a higher standard of living.2