Leaked documents show the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has begun assessing radical geoengineering “climate solutions” for eventual implementation. Some 60 scientists are now meeting in Lima, Peru, to discuss taking the natural climate, global ecosystems and our shared life-giving biosphere into human management. Geoengineering – the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment through space mirrors, atmospheric aerosols, artificial trees and other inane sci-fi techno-babble – is now being seriously considered as a means to fight climate change. Despite having no authority to do so, the IPCC is considering whether it should support expanded funding for geoengineering research. They promise it is only for research, but it is disingenuous to say the UN is only interested in science and not implementation. If developed geoengineering will surely be implemented – as shown by the fact there has never been major new technologies that have been developed but not used.
It is not, nor will it ever be, possible to engineer global ecology. The impacts of geoengineering upon ecosystems are unknown, yet will surely have major unintended catastrophic consequences, as complex systems react chaotically and non-linearly. Geoengineering offers a technological “fix” to the same governments and industries that created the climate crisis; and requires no social change or personal transformation away from inequitable over-consumption based upon liquidating ecosystems. Geoengineering is a dangerous distraction from the social, economic and political changes required to equitably confront climate change. Once geoengineering is embraced, we could never stop, or the carbon would be re-released. Those most likely to be affected are the poor with the least to lose. Failure could destroy Earth and thus humanity. It shows tremendously poor judgment to begin such research, which is already distracting from ecology-based real solutions to tackling the problem.
Ecological Internet was instrumental in securing a moratorium on geoengineering research under the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity last year. Now the IPCC – with no mandate – is skirting these rules, demonstrating climate scientists’ increasing concerns that climate change is reaching a critical point; and current economic, political and social systems are unable to reform themselves. Geoengineering preposterously asserts massively complex biosphere and ecosystems can and should be managed. NO! The answer to climate and ecological sustainability is more nature, and less technology. We haven’t even tried in earnest to change society to massively reduce emissions, pushed for and led by example for more equitable consumption, and we haven’t even tried to change the government and economic growth system through massive people’s power protest or revolution. Instead, the United Nations has decided on its own to bet the whole planet that they can engineer the biosphere. This decision will not stand, and the deep green resistance movement will use all means necessary to obstruct mad scientists from playing god and creating a Frankensphere.
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