Can technology save the planet? As the impacts of the climate emergency become more severe and the timeline for action more restricted, more radical solutions – large-scale intervention in Earth’s climate – are being proposed. One of them is geoengineering, also called climate engineering or climate intervention.
Geoengineering is the technological intervention in the Earth’s climate, and includes low-risk activities such as large scale afforestation to higher-risk stratospheric aerosol methods. It is currently being advocated by some scientists as a response to climate change.
Youth have been at the forefront of climate justice movements but tend to be excluded from environmental policy-making discussions and decisions, and there have been few efforts to include young people’s perspectives in social science research about geoengineering. Geoengineering is at a sufficiently early stage that the needs and interests of different groups of people in different parts of the world can be recognised, and mechanisms built into decision-making to ensure that outcomes are distributed fairly (taking account of both spatial and temporal scales of justice).
This project aims to
- establish international interdisciplinary partnerships between academics (science/philosophy/geography education) and youth environmental networks to develop the capacity of young people to respond to proposed technological innovations;
- test online participative methods to generate an evidence base on youth responses to geoengineering science and the ethical, social and political questions that it raises;
- understand youth perceptions of the implications of geoengineering for climate and inter-generational justice.
Together with our project partners, we will facilitate series of four online workshops focusing on geoengineering and exploring the four key elements – science, ethics, politics and society.
Participants of the workshops will examine the social, ethical and political issues associated with geoengineering, and develop a youth vision for geoengineering to be shared with policymakers.
During four workshops, participants will:
- Learn about the potential and risks associated with engineering the Earth’s climate, and develop a position on geoengineering in relation to mitigation and adaptation;
- Build networks with other young people in Europe;
- Contribute to research on youth priorities for climate action;
- Develop capacity for collective action on climate change;
- Collaborate on a policy paper and geoengineering handbook which foreground youth perspectives and priorities.
24 April 2021
25 April 2021
25 April 2021
8 May 2021
9 May 2021
9 May 2021
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