Following the 2015 Paris Agreement adopting “well below 2°C” as the international goal to limit global warming, geoengineering is increasingly more being promoted as a technological means to counteract climate change or its effects.
The Heinrich Bὅll Foundation opened a web dossier dedicated to geoengineering in terms of human rights, indigenous and community rights, peace, democracy, biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and providing food for all.
As a result of research in the area of geoengineering, the Heinrich Bὅll Foundation is publishing the “Big Bad Fix” report, as a comparative analysis that provides policy makers, journalists, NGO activists, civil initiatives and movements, and other stakeholders with a comprehensive overview of the key actors, technologies and fora relevant in the geoengineering discourse. Namely, it delivers a sound background analysis of the history of geoengineering, the various vested interests shaping it, and case studies on some of the most important technologies and experiments.
The study calls for an urgent and immediate ban on the deployment and outdoor testing of Solar Radiation Management technologies for their potential to suspend human rights, democracy, and international peace. It also argues for a governance of geoengineering that is participatory and transparent, grounded in international law, built on the precautionary principle and just climate policies and practices.
It is a call to action for a movement of movements to come together to oppose geoengineering as a technofix for climate change and as a threat to world peace, democracy and human rights.
The notion of geoengineering includes a wide array of technologies centered around reflecting sunlight back into space or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
In general, geoengineering is considered a great manipulation of Earth’s natural systems, which is increasingly more being presenting as a strategy for preventing, reducing or delaying climate change.
More information can be found on the web site of the Heinrich Bὅll Foundation.