"Review: Parenting on Earth: A Philosopher’s Guide to Doing Right by Your
Kids – and Everyone Else – Elizabeth Cripps (The MIT Press)
What makes a good parent? Most would say a good parent loves and nurtures their
child with the ultimate aim of helping them flourish – now and into the future.
A good parent will feed their child, give them space to play and time to use
their imagination, make sure they get an education and medical care, listen to
their troubles, and teach them to one day be autonomous adults.
However, does being a good parent involve anything more than this?
In her book, Parenting on Earth
, philosopher and mother Elizabeth Cripps
argues that to do right by their kids, parents must also attempt to do
something about the problems caused by climate change.
Many affluent parents, Cripps says, make two assumptions. The first is that
their children will grow up (and grow old) avoiding environmental disasters.
They will not experience starvation, famines, and wars over natural resources.
Their future will be safe. The air they breathe will be clear, and the water
they drink will be clean.
The second assumption is that broader institutions – such as governments and
the World Health Organisation – will take care of these issues. Both
assumptions, she argues, are wrong."
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