Michelle Ciurria

Instructor, University of Missouri-St. Louis - St. Louis, USA
St. Louis, USA
Michelle Ciurria

I pledge to fly as little as possible.

Flying for work isn’t necessary or ethical. Air travel contributes to climate change, and, because it contributes to climate change, it contributes to climate racism and climate sexism. UN figures show that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. Their roles as primary caregivers make them more vulnerable than men to the adverse effects of climate change. Climate change also has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. As an intersectional feminist philosopher, I cannot in good conscience continue to contribute to climate racism and climate sexism for career advancement.

I call on my fellow philosophers to vow to shrink their carbon footprint by reducing their work-related air miles, and by providing a teleconferencing option at all conferences and workshops. Not only would teleconferencing reducing our carbon footprint, it would allow financially disadvantaged philosophers to participate in conferences without paying for travel expenses. This would reduce class bias, racial bias, and gender bias in our white-dominant, male-dominant discipline.

Please join me in pledging to reduce your carbon footprint by traveling less and offering teleconferencing options.

I am currently developing an intersectional feminist theory of moral responsibility on which apt cases of blame and praise function to promote intersectional feminist aims such as the amelioration of injustice and oppression. I see real-world responsibility practices as structured by asymmetries of power, and I offer an ameliorative, non-ideal-theoretic alternative that envisions responsibility as an emancipatory practice, with the potential to combat systems of oppression.