At the end of last year I wrote a paper on the Ethics of Implementing Sustainability and presented it at the Humanities and Technology Association conference in Terre Haute , Indiana. The paper was about the fact that the countries of the North (developed countries including the United States) have been lagging in terms of jump-starting a sustainability movement to curtail global warming. The rationale behind this inaction rests upon the notion that the developing nations of the world need to “step up to the plate” by drastically reducing their carbon emissions and becoming more sustainable. If the developing nations do not meet this task, the North contends they will not make the first move towards sustainability.
There are quite a few holes in this logic and the paper attempts to probe and demolish each of the shortcomings of the American-led position.