Geoengineering: in case of emergency, break glass
In light of the escalating spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) around the world, and after careful consideration the IET has taken the decision to postpone The Geoengineering EngTalk until later this year. We feel this is the most responsible course of action.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
EngTalks shine a light on the big engineering and technology topics of today. They are delivered by inspirational individuals passionate about influencing and informing their peers and the next generation of engineers. You can find out more on our EngTalks webpage.
This December our next EngTalk debates the critical topic of Geoengineering. Planet earth is facing an imminent climate emergency, a future of unprecedented life-changing events that need urgent solutions. In the wake of this crisis, what options do we have?
Geoengineering is the large-scale intervention of the earth’s climate systems with the aim to counteract climate change, could this solution reverse large-scale greenhouse-gas production? If so what are the proposed techniques and are they even safe to test?
Join the debate on 7 December when we welcome Rupert Read, academic, Green Party campaigner and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion on the EngTalk stage alongside, Tim Kruger, who manages the Oxford Geoengineering Programme (OGP), at the University of Oxford.
This EngTalk will see Rupert, Tim and the audience discuss all angles of a debate that affects both humanity and the future of our planet.
07 Dec 2020
6:00pm - 9:00pm
This EngTalk is free to attend.
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Oxford Geoengineering Programme (OGP) - University of Oxford
Tim Kruger manages the Oxford Geoengineering Programme (OGP), at the University of Oxford. The OGP assesses proposed geoengineering techniques and the governance mechanisms required to ensure that any research in this field is undertaken in a responsible way.
He has investigated in detail one potential geoengineering technique, that of adding alkaline materials to the ocean as a way of enhancing its capacity to act as a carbon sink and to counteract the effects of ocean acidification. He is also a co-author of the Oxford Principles – a set of draft principles for the conduct of geoengineering research.
Tim is also the Founder of two start-ups: Origen Power is developing a technology that uses natural gas to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, while DryGro is developing a technology to grow animal feed in arid environments, using 99% less water than conventional agriculture.
Associate Professor of Philosophy - University of East Anglia
Rupert Read is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. He has represented Extinction Rebellion on national radio and television, including on Radio 4's Today Program and on the BBC's Politics Live.
His recent academic focus has been on the precautionary principle, a strategy that encourages decision-makers to adopt precautionary measures when scientific evidence about an environmental hazard is uncertain. He has also authored many books including, ‘This Civilisation Is Finished’ and ‘Facing Up to Climate Reality’.
Previously, Rupert was a spokesperson, national parliamentary candidate, European parliamentary candidate and councillor for the Green Party of England and Wales. He continues to be active in Green Party politics to this day.
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We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.
We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.
In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.
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