Can the kind of empathy driving a new push on gun control carry over to climate change?
It’s great to see this line of thinking, and feeling, explored afresh. I’ve been criticized in the past for seeing work that builds the human capacity for connectedness and empathy as more valuable than demanding targets for the concentration of carbon dioxide.
The problem with the argument for greenhouse-gas action based on morality and empathy is that it clashes with other moral imperatives.
By ANDREW C. REVKIN