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How Hindu Ethics Can Help Weigh the Potential Risks or Benefits of Climate Engineering Methods

When the IPCC released its 1.50C report in Octo­ber 2018, the results seemed unequiv­o­cal­ly clear: the world needs to move away from fos­sil fuels, end trop­i­cal defor­esta­tion, elec­tri­fy trans­porta­tion, adopt low-car­bon lifestyles and more–at scale and with urgent speed–or face cer­tain, dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences from cli­mate change. What received less atten­tion was an addi­tion­al caveat. The report made it clear that any sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly real­is­tic path­way to a future in which tem­per­a­ture rise is lim­it­ed to 1.50C requires the use of “neg­a­tive emis­sions” approach­es and tech­nolo­gies.

In response, and because dis­cus­sion of this top­ic is grow­ing in pub­lic and among lead­ers in sci­ence, gov­ern­ment, indus­try and lead­ing cli­mate NGOs, the time has come for reli­gious groups to play our role by shar­ing moral and reli­gious respons­es to cli­mate engi­neer­ing. Read the arti­cle con­tributed by founders of Anaa­di Foun­da­tion in Green­Faith’s report titled “PLAYING GOD?- MULTI-FAITH RESPONSES TO THE PROSPECT OF CLIMATE ENGINEERING”


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