The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance
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The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance

Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter

Edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel

This thought-provoking book stimulates dialogue and action on the role of global ethics in the governance of individual societies and the international order. Such inquiry is imperative given the extraordinary challenges that face the world today. Leading figures in environmental ethics, philosophy and law approach questions surrounding global ethics and governance from a range of cultural and philosophical perspectives.
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Chapter 15: Global charters and covenants for the flourishing of life: a subaltern ethical critique

George Zachariah


This chapter is an attempt to engage with a series of vital questions related to the future of global ethics and the Earth Charter. How do we engage, as citizens of Earth, our common home, in ethical discernment, reflections and praxis in this context of death and destruction? How do we listen to and engage with the subaltern suspicion about, and contestation of the metanarratives of global problematization of and solutions to, the ecological crisis that we confront today? Why do we need to be suspicious about the global covenants and charters of creation care and ecological restoration developed with noble intentions? In examining this question, I privilege the voices of the subaltern communities to critically evaluate the politics of the dominant global initiatives and to search for alternative eco-justice perspectives and politics, with special reference to climate change.

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