Edinburgh speaker series seminar
Speaker: Cristina Richie (IAHS visitor)
Title: Green Bioethics: How Health Care is Ruining the Environment and What You Can Do About It
Abstract: Health care is ubiquitous in the industrialized world. Yet, every medical development, technique, and procedure impacts the environment. The NHS produces about 27 million tons of CO2 per year or one-quarter of the total public sector emission. Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to climate change, climate-change related health hazards, and perpetuate environmental racism. Health care is ruining the environment. In response, Green Bioethics synthesizes environmental ethics and biomedical ethics, thus creating an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable health care. Through four principles—distributive justice, resource conservation, simplicity, and ethical economics—patients, doctors, and health care plans can move towards sustainable, just health care.
The Edinburgh Speaker Series features talks on all areas of philosophy. For information, or to join the email list for these events, please contact Filipa Melo Lopes. All are welcome, including all students (MA, MSc, PhD) and faculty in philosophy.