Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Climate Justice: Path to a Just Future

Loyola University Chicago’s third annual Climate Change Conference

Global Climate Change: Economic Challenges and Solutions
March 17–19, 2016

Generously sponsored by: the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, and the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
Thank you to all our generous sponsors of this year's Climate Change Conference.

Climate Justice: Path to a Just Future

Climate Related Rights and Justice
Klaus Steigleder, PhD, Professor, Ruhr-Universitat
Klaus Steigleder Presentation

In my talk, I'll try to show that climate ethics must essentially be risk ethics and energy ethics. Because of the possible very negative impacts on the rights of a huge number of people it is morally obligatory to limit the increase of average global temperature as far as possible and well below two degrees C (3.6 degrees F), if this can still be achieved. This demand directly leads to the normative necessity of bringing about a rapid and massive transformation of the global fossil fuel based energy systems. But such a transformation involves many intricate problems of risk and justice. I'll also expose and criticize the normative assumptions of mainstream climate economics which claim that there is much less urgency.

‌Klaus Steigleder is professor of applied ethics at the Institute of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He is director of the interdisciplinary master’s program “Ethics – Economics, Law, and Politics” and of the research unit “Climate, Energy, Ethics”. He is a board member of the newly established interdisciplinary research department “Closed Carbon Cycle Economy” at Ruhr University. His doctoral thesis (1991) was on the justification of normative ethics and his postdoctoral thesis (2001, the German “Habilitation”) was on Kant’s moral philosophy. His current fields of research are climate ethics, risk ethics and climate related energy ethics.

Laudato Si' and Climate Justice
Hille Haker, PhD, Loyola University Chicago
Hille Haker Presentation

Hille Haker is the Richard McCormick, S. J., Chair of Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her doctorate (1997) and habilitation (2001) at the University of Tübingen and her dissertation—“Moralische Identität: Literarische Lebensgeschichten als Medium ethischer Reflexion” (“Moral Identity: Literary Life Stories as a Medium of Ethical Reflection”)—was awarded the dissertation prize in Catholic Theology in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Haker was Chair of Moral Theology and Social Ethics in the Catholic Theology Department of Frankfurt University (2005 to 2009), Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Harvard Divinity School (2003 to 2005), and Heisenberg Research Scholar (2002–2003). In Frankfurt, she was a Colleague of the Institute of Social Research of the Frankfurt School and co-director of the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women's Studies. At Frankfurt University, she also served as co-director of the newly founded Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaftern Bad Homburg from 2007–2010. After 14 years of service, she resigned from the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Concilium in 2015. 

Dr. Haker was elected President of Societas Ethica at its annual conference in August 2015 in Linköping, Sweden. She has been a member of the European Group on Ethics in Sciences and New Technologies (EGE) of the European Commission since 2005. She is a member of several U.S. associations, including the AAR, SCE, CTSA, and ASBH; she is also a member of the German Academy of Ethics in Medicine (AEM) and an associated member of the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen, and a member of AGENDA, Forum of Catholic Women Theologians in Germany.