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Could Ethics Be the Key to Shifting the Climate Debate? | ecoAffect

In discussions about climate change, emphasizing science, the environment, or politics can be polarizing. However, common ground can often be reached by appealing to people’s sense of right and wrong. In a new Reuters poll, 66 percent of respondents said world leaders are morally obligated to address climate change, and 72 percent said they felt a personal moral obligation to reduce emissions.

Increasingly, climate change is being discussed in terms of ethics and climate justice – Pope Francis’ upcoming papal edict is one important example. Since most people feel an ethical responsibility to care for their neighbors, putting a moral frame on climate action helps broaden its appeal. For more ways to engage people through their personal values and beliefs, check out our report, Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication.

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