Eco-Activist: Philosophy Can Be Based on Science

Tim Nicholson—whose deeply held belief in man-made climate change is akin to a philosophical belief and entitled to the same protection as a religious belief under employment equality laws, a British judge ruled—made an important point after leaving the hearing:

It’s a philosophical belief based on my moral and ethical values underpinned by scientific evidence and that’s the distinction [between it and a religious belief], I think. The moral and ethical values are similar to those that are promoted and adopted by many of the world’s religions, but one of the key differences, I think, is that mine is not a faith-based or spiritual-based belief; it is grounded in the overwhelming scientific evidence, and it’s the combination of that scientific evidence with the moral and ethical imperatives to do something about it that is distinct from a religion.

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