Event

THINK Debate: Climate Emergency: Should we Consider Geoengineering?

  • Wed 24 Nov 21

    14:00 - 15:30

  • Colchester Campus

    4.722

  • Event speaker

    Silvia Ribeiro (the ETC group ) & Prof Matthew Watson (University of Bristol)

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    THINK Series

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Fay Wilson

Join the debate and have your say...

THINK  Debate:  Climate Emergency: Should we Consider Geoengineering?

We find ourselves in a climate emergency. In the words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, this is ‘code red for humanity’. Many worry that transitioning to renewable energy, decreased consumption and more sustainable living will not happen fast enough or be sufficient to stop the worst effects of climate change. With little time to act, some ask that geoengineering schemes be considered. As the ETC groups writes, “geoengineering can refer to a wide range of techniques, including: blasting sulphate particles into the stratosphere or 'whitening' clouds to reflect the sun’s rays; dumping iron particles in the oceans to nurture CO2 -absorbing plankton; firing silver iodide into clouds to produce rain or genetically engineering crops so their foliage can better reflect sunlight.” While advocates argue that such drastic actions are necessary, critics point not only to the risks of trying to manipulate complex systems that we do not fully comprehend, but also to the human rights implications and democratic challenges of allowing some countries to make choices that impacts on the whole Earth.    

Our Speakers:

Silvia Ribeiro, the ETC group  

Prof Matthew Watson,
University of Bristol  

Joining Info:

ALL SPEAKERS presenting at this THINK debate will be taking part via Zoom. However, the debate will still be screened in 4.722 for those who would like to watch on the big screen and ask questions. 

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