Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, SEAS
There have been a number of calls for public engagement in geoengineering in recent years. However, there has been limited discussion of why the public should have a say or what the public can be expected to contribute to geoengineering discussions. We explore how public engagement can contribute to the research, development, and governance of one branch of geoengineering, solar radiation management (SRM), in three key ways: 1. by fulfilling ethical requirements for the inclusion of affected parties in democratic decision making processes; 2. by contributing to improved dialogue and trust between scientists and the public; and 3. by ensuring that decisions about SRM research and possible deployment are informed by a broad set of societal interests, values, and framings. Finally, we argue that, despite the nascent state of many SRM technologies, the time is right for the public to participate in engagement processes.
Carr, Wylie A., Christopher J. Preston, Laurie Yung, Bronislaw Szerszynski, David W. Keith, and Ashley M. Mercer. "Public Engagement on Solar Radiation Management and Why it Needs to Happen Now." Climatic Change 121.3 (December 2013): 567-577.