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Global climate change and non-violent civil disobedience

John Lemons1,*, Donald A. Brown2

1Department of Environmental Studies, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine 04005, USA
2Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University, Pennsylvania 16802, USA

ABSTRACT: Despite knowledge of the risks of global climate change during the past 30 yr, the USA, among other nations, has failed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the risks to present and future generations. This is despite the fact that scientific and ethical literature makes the case that meaningful action is urgent. Consequently, we suggest that climate and environmental scientists, among others, consider whether non-violence civil disobedience should be used as a means to promote action on global climate change.

KEY WORDS: Global climate change · Non-violent civil disobedience

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Cite this article as: Lemons J, Brown DA (2011) Global climate change and non-violent civil disobedience. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 11:3-12.

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