Climate or Ecology

The climate migration subcommittee has been discussing expanding its purview. Projects and discussion topics have sprung from migration to other aspects of climate change as well as to issues in immigration due to political and economic migration rather than climate alone. There is so much overlap we named our meeting notes to call the group Climate, Ecology, and Earth Ethics to capture the broad range.

Last year a group of authors in the subcommittee published a theoretical paper in Voices in Bioethics exploring the idea of applying a duty to rescue to climate migration. Expanding the Duty to Rescue to Climate Migration | Voices in Bioethics ( A group of global authors participated in the quick overview of what that duty might look like and whether it is feasible at all.

Hoffman, D. N., Zimmerman , A. ., Castelyn, C., & Kaikini, S. (2022). Expanding the Duty to Rescue to Climate Migration. Voices in Bioethics8.

Published by Anne Zimmerman

Anne Zimmerman is an attorney with an MS in Bioethics from Columbia University and Editor-in-Chief of the online journal, Voices in Bioethics. Her research and experience include healthcare policy, the right to refuse care, autonomy and rights, criminal justice reform, mass incarceration, corporate governance and shareholders’ rights, and nutrition with a focus on policy surrounding access to a healthy food supply. (profile)

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