The life you can save

2 minutes

What’s your responsibility to a child at risk nearby and to one dying far away?

Do we have more of a moral obligation to save a child dying a preventable death right in front of us than we do to stop the millions of preventable childhood deaths that occur each year across the globe? After all, a donation to the right charity could very well save a child’s life. According to the contemporary Australian philosopher Peter Singer, saving those directly in front of us while conveniently ignoring suffering in faraway places presents us with a moral problem worth facing and correcting.

Video by BBC Radio 4

Script: Nigel Warburton

Animation: Andrew Park

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