Carter Dillard is the policy adviser for the Fair Start Movement. He served as an Honors Program attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and also served with a national security law agency before developing a comprehensive account of reforming family planning for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.
Carter Dillard began his career as an Honors Program appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice, eventually practicing national security law with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he developed a human-rights approach to family planning published by Yale Law School that would have significantly mitigated the climate crisis. At NYU he wrote his thesis, on that approach, under Jeremy Waldron.
Carter has also served as a peer-reviewer for the journal Bioethics, as part of the Steering Committee of the Population Ethics and Policy Research Project, and as Visiting Scholar at the Uehiro Center, both at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.
In 2023, Carter became a whistleblower in a Newsweek op-ed showing wrongdoing, around measuring climate reparations, in U.S. climate litigation.
Carter is author of Justice as a Fair Start in Life (Eliva Press, 2021), which explores what is the called the "constitutive fallacy"—basing one's obligation to follow the law on top-down instruments like written constitutions rather than bottom-up family reforms that actually empower people in a measurable way, and enable them to physically constitute - under the Children's Convention - legitimate societies. His book reveals what's called the #FamScam.
What is the #FamScam?Civil society organizations have been knowingly undoing claimed progress with outdated family policies that disempowered most people in order to—per one Nobel Laureate - grow economies that benefitted a few. That undoing of democracy fundamentally created the climate and inequity crises we face today. Take action and urge any group you support to tell the #wholetruth about the impact of family policies on their progress, and to adopt internal employment policies that start to change this.
In "Sentientist Conversations" Jamie Woodhouse and Carter Dillard talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”
Sentientism is "evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings."
Jack Humphrey: Give us a synopsis of your piece in Newsweek.
Carter Dillard: So there are really at least two ways to approach environmentalism and protecting our environment. There's the anthropocentric approach, which treats nature as a human resource and resources to be conserved. And there's an ecocentric approach which treats nature or the non-human world as a living system that deserves its own rights and obligations to it because there are creatures that live there that have their own autonomous worlds, their own desires and their own lives, and inevitably anthropocentrism—or using the non-human world or nature as a human resource—is what created the climate crisis. It we thought we could control that system of use, we are unable to control it.
RIP SDG? Are the UN Sustainable Development Goals Enough to Save Us? (Scientists Warning Europe)
Tue, 15 November 2022, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Join Scientists Warning Europe for the third event in our Road to COP27 series.
This session includes a 45-minute panel discussion, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session where attendees are invited to share ideas and explore topics further.
• Ed Gemmell - Managing Director of Scientists Warning Europe, Climate Politician • Naomi Sheehan - Sustainable Development Scientist & Climate Advisor • Carter Dillard - Fair Start Movement Policy Advisor • Victoria Harvey - PhD researcher, Climate Change at University East Anglia • Steve Pipe - Author and former UK Entrepreneur of The Year