In "The Most Important Thing About Climate Change", Professor John Broome stressed that, according to predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there is a non-negligible possibility  of a temperature change of 8 to 10 degrees ("as much as a 5 per cent probability of warming greater than about 8°C, and perhaps a 1-2 per cent probability of warming greater than 10°C"). Considering the consequences of this level of warming, Broome writes: "One thing is sure: if there is extreme warming, the earth will not be able to sustain anything approaching our present population. Our population would have to shrink by millions. We cannot even be confident that humanity will survive at all. Lots of species are already becoming extinct, and we cannot assume ours will not follow them… the collapse or extinction that climate change may cause will be brutal and violent. It will involve killing many people."

Nevertheless, while people are, increasingly, recognising that climate change is a serious problem, and that we need to reduce our carbon emissions, there is still considerable resistance to coercive legislation that would impose restrictions on people. Talking at a recent event about low carbon transport, Andy Eastlake, the managing director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, took it for granted that "forcing people to reduce mobility is politically unacceptable". Similarly, Lucinda Turner (presenting at a TEDx event about transport and the environment) stated that the majority of people considered car ownership to be a right, and only 2% considered their own car ownership to be a luxury.

This project, running from February 2014 until August 2015, will explore ethical issues relating to climate change, from the perspective of governments, professions, corporations and individuals.

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