Donald Brown talks about ethics, the Earth Charter and climate change

In this interview, Dr. Donald Brown discusses why ethics is a crucial element missing in climate change negotiations, the importance of educating people, the press and negotiators on this, and the role the Earth Charter can play in these negotiations.

This interview was done during UNESCO Climate Change and Ethics Conference, held in Monaco on December 2010.

Donald A. Brown is Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law at Penn State University where he is currently teaching interdisciplinary courses on climate change and sustainable development and acting as Program Director of the Collaborative Program on the Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change whose secretariat is the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State.

He was the former Program Manager for United Nations Organizations at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Environmental Policy. In this position he represented the United States Environmental Protection Agency on United States delegations to the United Nations negotiating climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable development issues. Mr. Brown has written about and lectured extensively on climate change issues over the last 20 years. His latest book is American Heat: Ethical Problems with the U.S. Response to Global Warming.