Building a Sustainable Profession
Philosophers for Sustainability is a newly formed group of philosophers that aims to encourage our profession to take leadership on climate change and environmental sustainability. We agree with the current scientific consensus that climate change is real, caused largely by human activity, already having significant effects, disproportionately impacting many of the groups that are underrepresented in philosophy, and poised to worsen dramatically within our lifetimes. We believe that everyone has a role to play in combating climate change and ensuring a sustainable future. And we believe that philosophers, despite our disproportionately large carbon footprints, are well positioned to think, teach, and lead effectively about the complex environmental issues we now have to face. We are attempting to integrate environmental issues into our work as philosophers, not only in our research, but, more immediately, in a wide range of philosophy courses and in our service to the profession. We have a few different projects underway, and are actively seeking new projects and new members.
We are currently working on Guidelines for Sustainability Practices in Philosophy that will, pending approval, be incorporated into the American Philosopher’s Association Good Practices Guide. You can find our current draft on our website here. We would love suggestions/feedback from anyone, regardless of prior contact with us, and especially from members of groups that are underrepresented in philosophy and/or particularly impacted by climate change. Feel free to hold local events for people to brainstorm together, or also just start informal conversations, and/or encourage people to contact us. Suggestions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Millsop (University of Rhode Island) and Eugene Chislenko (Temple University), Co-Founders of Philosophers for Sustainability