“Geo-engineering” is a concept that I had never heard of before reading these two articles. All things considered, it seems like a really cool idea unless it actually got implemented into society. The fact that we are even considering pumping sulfur into the air over reducing our emissions blows my mind. People would rather change anything else over their own habits. Like the “Re-Engineering the Earth” article said, “It’s like taking aspirin for cancer.” I didn’t even know solutions like that existed, and that they would be terrifyingly cheap.
The fact that 38 people in the world are rich enough to make drastic changes in the climate is crazy. No one would even be able to stop them, and they could completely change the way the world works. Everybody thinks they know everything about climate change, and I’m afraid that people will act irrationally.
I appreciate that they gave more reasonable solutions; one I liked was the carbon towers. The article suggested that big towers be constructed around the globe that can absorb carbon in sheets, and then be transported and put back into the ground. Genetic engineering of trees to absorb more carbon also sounded like a creative idea that could potentially work, but I don’t know enough about the science around that.
The biggest point I’ve taken away from this class is that no matter how much evidence we push at people or how many solutions we come up with, it won’t make a difference unless people believe it. Climate change is not a political position to take. It’s not an opinion, scientific data has backed up that it is happening. We need to make a decision now, or someone or something else will make it for us.