16 Aug '11, 8pm

Virtue, fashion and climate change | Energy Bulletin: Virtue, fashion and climate change. by Patrick Noble. The

Virtue, fashion and climate change | Energy Bulletin: Virtue, fashion and climate change. by Patrick Noble. The

Plainly the case for adaption to a world of pillaged resources in a precarious climate is easy to present. At least half of us accept it as reasonable. However, few of us act upon it because we do not act by reason. We remain fashionable to the current eyes of civic virtue and otherwise follow our temporal self-interest. It is not in our interest to hasten climate change, but we put the reasonable position aside as abstract , by adopting other pressing and reasonable behaviours for surely reasonable needs. The inner argument is of balanced virtues. We need to be seen to be virtuous. Someone drops a wallet. We pick it up and pass it back, even though we could easily extract the cash within without being noticed . So in this case, we have not acted in self-interest, but by wishing to belong in community. We share in the relief of the wallet owner and take pleasure from our v...

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