Climate Change and Where We Are: Geoengineering


 Climate Change and Where We Are: Geoengineering


Starting 16 December 2020 14:00 through to 16 December 2020 15:00

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Climate Change and Where We Are, session 1: Geoengineering and Natural Solutions with Holly Jean Buck

Apologies for the time, we will be streaming from the United States so timings are slightly awkward. 

We have started a new series; Climate Change and Where We Are, session 1 has Holly Buck who researches the interaction of climate, technology and society. She is taking questions on natural solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis and geoengineering.

This is part of getting a more honest look at where we are and what we need to do to address the climate and biodiversity crisis. One thing we will almost certainly have to do is some geoengineering to put the breaks on to buy us time back that we have wasted in recent years to decarbonise and go net negative.

I'll share the actual appointment joining instructions soon but for now just have a look at more on Holly online to think of questions that you can add to the slido. Please see a little about her book on this issue to slido and see the event on youtube:


Update to links slido for questions and the event on YouTube




Alistair Herbert 5 Months Ago

Ian --


Thank you for hosting these spaces. I saw you mention geoengineering on LinkedIn and was too shy to reply there. I can't make this session (it falls on my childcare day), but I would have had a couple of questions about projecting likely outcomes of geoengineering in economic or ecological terms, because that side of things never seems to get covered in the few previous articles I've read (as a local government officer, my focus is more on local economies and resilience than international mega-projects!).


1. Say, for argument's sake, people found ways to geoengineer our ecosystems which "bought" everyone 5 years of climate stability (leaving aside the question of which "everyone" we'd be talking about here), how do you think everyone would use that 5 year window? My own bet would be on more business as usual, including further ecologically destructive economic activity. My fear is that until people first find ways to change their way of life on a global scale, when we "buy time" then all we're really buying is time to get into more of a mess. What does the geoengineering argument say about that kind of issue?


2. I feel like recent history has demonstrated that our current economic model resists these major changes that I think people will need to make. I also feel, though, that only our current economic model can centralise the resources you'd need for large-scale geoengineering projects. As such, a geoengineering policy for me implies support of business-as-usual economics. Does geoengineering provide sufficient benefit to offset the disbenefit inherent in necessarily continuing the current economic model which is exacerbating so many of our problems?


I appreciate a geoengineering expert might not be an ecology expert or an economist, but then neither am I!





Ian Cable 5 Months ago in reply to Alistair Herbert .

good questions Anthony, ones I'd like discussion on too and I think many others. I'll add these to other questions that come in and at least on will get have my word, I think both though to be honest......


get on slack! you have been invited!

Heather Foster 5 Months Ago

Wish I could come too! Unfortunately our interview day for Climate officer role! Assuming you recording it to watch it later :)  I have no exciting questions.