Bill McKibben on geoengineering – “I’m annoyed”

Author and activist Bill McKibben, co-founder of and a strong advocate for global action on climate change, speaks about geoengineering in new a video message.  The conversation around geoengineering is gaining steam and McKibben says, “this makes me annoyed.”

Firstly, no geoengineering ‘solutions’ address ocean acidification, a result of carbon emissions.  Acidification would threaten the planet even if the temperature rises didn’t, he tells us.  Secondly, there are renewable energy solutions “easily within our grasp.”  These are a serious reality now, he says, and geoengineering would be a distraction from the work to make those technologies better.

Finally, “psychological impulse behind it (geoengineering) is a dubious one,” he argues.  It involves avoiding hard but important and necessary work.  “We’re at that moment when we could make change, and geoengineering,” McKibben fears, “gets in the way of that change.”