Greening Humanity: Science, innovation, ethics and the green economy
SESSION 1: Changing Humanity – biomedical ethics and sustainability
- What are the ongoing and future issues in science ethics that will require consideration?
- How might contemporary and future science allow humanity to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle, and what ethical issues will this raise? For example:
- What is the impact of emerging technologies such as human-animal hybrids, human enhancement and regenerative medicine on our understanding both of the human organism and of what it is to be human? What role, if any, might biomedical technologies and alterations to the human organism play in global sustainable development?
- The imperative for sustainable development also raises important ethical considerations related to global justice and access to technologies. Addressing these considerations in the policy context may require us to reassess the way we define our communities of moral concern both locally and globally.
- What is the role of ethical considerations with respect to policy-making and regulation of science?
SESSION 2: Environmental Justice
- How should the benefits and burdens of sustainable development and the ‘green economy’ be distributed on a global scale?
- What issues does this raise in terms of local and international governance?
- How do considerations of global justice and equality relate to specific ethical issues in relation to emerging technologies, for example health care, enhancement, genetic manipulation, green technology?
SESSION 3: Global Economic Governance – science, innovation and green economy
- What objectives should governments be aiming to promote in setting policy with respect to science and innovation?
- For example, ethical standards; economic development; scientific advancement; social progress; sustainable development.
- How can national policy-makers best promote ethical standards within the framework of a democratic government? Can a democratic society vote for long-term ethical development? What incentives exist, or might be created, for entrepreneurs to support a more just society?
- What issues and concerns may arise with respect to Intellectual Property and the development of “green technologies”?
SESSION 4: Ethical Science and Innovation – towards sustainable development
- What is the role of science and innovation in stimulating sustainable development at the national and global level?
- How does the global dynamic affect science and innovation and how can this be managed by national and international policy?
- What other factors affect the progress of science and innovation at a national and international level? How can and how should we use these to promote sustainable development technologies?
- What is the effect of Intellectual Property (IP) and the internationalisation of IP on regional scientific development and on scientific progress more generally?
SESSION 5: Greening Humanity
Final panel discussion and closing remarks