A Civ­il Soci­ety Approach to Marine Geoengineering


Lack­ing reg­u­la­to­ry guid­ance and guardrails, marine geo­engi­neer­ing tech­niques are being pro­mot­ed as an effec­tive, safe, and fea­si­ble solu­tion to the cli­mate cri­sis, as evi­denced through increas­ing research pro­pos­als and fund­ing to enable active out­door exper­i­men­ta­tion. How­ev­er, these claims and tests are miss­ing crit­i­cal civ­il soci­ety, com­mu­ni­ty, legal, and ind­maiepen­dent sci­en­tif­ic per­spec­tives that reveal their poten­tial harms and dan­gers to ecosys­tems, com­mu­ni­ties, and cli­mate justice.

With decades of expe­ri­ence fol­low­ing the devel­op­ment of marine geo­engi­neer­ing, com­bined with proven exper­tise in law and pol­i­cy, the Hands Off Moth­er Earth Alliance (HOME) and CIEL will strength­en the only exis­tent civ­il soci­ety net­work (i.e. HOME) that is mon­i­tor­ing marine geo­engi­neer­ing. They aim to build and bol­ster con­nec­tions with oth­er rel­e­vant net­works and actors work­ing on relat­ed top­ics to ensure that pub­lic debate and pol­i­cy dis­cus­sion around marine geo­engi­neer­ing ade­quate­ly con­sid­er and dri­ve reg­u­la­tion of this unprece­dent­ed and ris­ing threat to human rights, bio­di­ver­si­ty, and the cli­mate. Togeth­er, they aim to grow a well-orga­nized, well-informed, and well-sup­port­ed pub­lic oppo­si­tion to, and restric­tive gov­er­nance of, marine geo­engi­neer­ing projects and pub­lic fund­ing, exper­i­men­ta­tion, and research that would enable it.

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