When considering the future of our earth and how humans might be able to overcome climate change disasters, we often think of reducing our carbon footprint and industrial activities. However, it seems secondary to think of other alternatives to further change our existing conditions on earth. Geoengineering initially seems like a science fiction attempt at dealing with our predicted issues. After reading the article on Re-Engineering the Earth, it becomes apparent that geo-engineering is extremely powerful and has the capability to dramatically steer the course of climate change. While some prefer to stay away from this type of technological development (as it is a little scary and holds lots of unknowns), I personally think that it is the perfect solution to our problems. The unknown effects of gassing the planet to reduce the sun’s direct impact on planet earth are on the other hand quite concerning. Ideally, we will soon be able to remove carbon through man-made means without dramatically changing the planet. The issues with storage and cost are pertinent, but what are we to do? Hopefully, humans will be able to reduce our carbon footprint through our daily actions. But, in the future, if we aren’t doing enough I definitely think humans may have to turn to geo-engineering solutions and innovation.
It is apparent that geoengineering will soon come to the forefront of politics, as it involves all societies on this planet. But who will initiate the use of geoengineering solutions? Who will fund programs and research and who will oppose these methods? Hopefully, various societies will be able to come together for the betterment of our global community. I found it fascinating that climate engineering comes with moral debate, rather than a pure means of survival as a race. In addition, the concept of humans rejecting the idea to simply change our actions in order to reduce our carbon footprint seems bizarre. But when reading about the moral corruption connected to climate change, it makes sense. If humans agree to change their actions, then they will admit that they were doing something wrong in the first place. It is time for us to take responsibility for our actions and own up to our mistakes as a species. Once we do this, then we will be able to make progress and begin to fix our climate change issues.