Reframing the Ethics of Climate Change

Two women stand in front of an off white metal bookshelp filled with colorful covers. A strand of autumnal leaves hangs along the top of the bookshelf, and a small gap on one of the two dozen shelf hosts a small collection of pumpkins, indicating the large modern library space is celebrating the Fall season.

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at Illinois Institute of Technology was founded in 1976 originally focusing on ethics in the professions. Recently, the Center launched a new project, Climate Change & Ethics, that questions our ethical assumptions around climate justice by bringing scholars and activists together to investigate the presuppositions in the current climate change debate.

Students Set Direction for SMU Ethics Center

SMU junior Rylee Bailey poses against the railing of Washington D.C. balcony. Three blocks in the background, beyond a small forest of oak trees and bustling streets stands the ivory dome of the Capitol Building.

Social distancing and self-isolation, “requires discipline, mental toughness, and courage; not traits I particularly associated with myself.” This was an early realization shared by Southern Methodist University junior Rylee Bailey in her March, 2020 pandemic blog. Bailey, a student staff member at SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, began writing and sharing the blog on social media when the campus shutdown.