Fighting Fire With Fire: Climate Modification and Ethics in the Anthropocene
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 from 09:00 to 17:00 (AEST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
First proposed in the mid-1960s, climate modification and direct weather manipulation have a long history and debates about deploying these technologies to mitigate human-induced global warming have been in the background of international climate change policy for some time. In the context of the collective exasperation with the slow progress of international climate change policies there is renewed interest in scientific and policy circles in a suite of technologies through which to engineer the world’s climate. Techniques as diverse as the injection of sulphate particles into the upper atmosphere to deflect radiant energy away from the earth, the use of ocean fertilisation to promote algae growth, and the burial of charred biomass to promote carbon sequestration, are now being openly discussed as constituting a possible “Plan B” response to human-induced global warming.
“It seems,” Nigel Clark argues that we are “gearing up to fight fire with fire.” These proposals raise of host of profound social, ethical and normative questions. By bringing together an interdisciplinary group of contemporary scholars, this symposium aims to develop modes of socio-theoretical intervention that articulate the challenges posed by geoengineering and climate modification. The event will situate the geopolitical and economic milieus in which geoengineering research is being undertaken, in consideration with notions of ethics, responsibility and governance in the face of catastrophe.
Venues: The first evening lecture by Prof. Stephen Gardiner (Tuesday 29th July), will be held in the Law School
Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney.
Please see the campus map here: http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/campus.shtml
The “Fighting Fire: Climate Modification and Ethics in the Anthropocene” (Wednesday 30th July ) will be held in Room 119 of the John Goodsell Building, UNSW.
The John Goodsell Building is at F20 on the UNSW Campus Map available at: http://tinyurl.com/ovth6rz
The Masterclass With Nigel Clark (Thursday 31st July) will be held in room 309 of the Morven Brown Building, UNSW. The Morven Brown Building is at C20 on the UNSW Campus Map.
Travel: UNSW is well served by public transport. Buses to UNSW from Central Station include the UNSW Express Bus routes (890, 891, 892 and 895) which run to and from Eddy Avenue, Central Station.
For more information on getting to and from UNSW see: http://tinyurl.com/pnzobey
Catering: The Fighting Fire with Fire Workshop and the Masterclass with Nigel Clark will be fully catered.
More information: For more information please contact Matthew Kearnes on: email@example.com, (02) 9385 1010, 0410 308 313
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Dr. Matthew Kearnes
ARC Future Fellow
School of Humanities and Languages
University of New South Wales