Practical Challenges of Climate Change: Intergenerational Justice and Freedom (PRACC)

Climate change belongs among the most significant challenges of our time. The impacts of climate change – especially rising surface temperature, sea-level rise, and increasing frequency of extreme weather events – have severe, longterm and partly irreversible consequences for humans, animals and plants. A broad social discourse about the handling of climate change requires a scientific foundation, that discusses ethical challenges and legal instruments for action as well as examines the form of our economy and our relationship with nature. The objective of PRACC consists in developing an ethical and legal framework for how society can deal adequately with the impacts of climate change, that is based on the basic principles of intergenerational justice and freedom. This framework will serve as the basis for, on the one hand, designing adaptations to production processes and consumer behaviour through bioeconomical analyses, and, on the other hand, providing analyses of environmental protection measures in terms of biodiversity losses due to climate change.

Project Duration
February 2023 to January 2026

Funded by
Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the funding priority on the ethical, legal and social aspects of the life sciences (ELSA)

Project Partners
University of Bonn - German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences
University of Bonn - Centre for the Law of Life Sciences
University of Bonn - Nees Institute for Biodiversity of Plants

Principle Investigator IEK-STE
Dr. rer. pol., Prof. Sandra Venghaus

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Dr. rer. pol., Prof. Sandra Venghaus
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE)

Project Website
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Last Modified: 29.06.2023