Climate Engineering Governance:

Cases for Public Participation

The Case for Public Roles in Climate Engineering Governance

As global concerns about climate change grow and implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement ramps up, the portfolio of decisions that could be made by nations and cities to avert the most deleterious effects of climate change are so consequential and so long-lasting that public deliberation stands as both an ethical and practical requirement. The complexity of engaging both public and expert stakeholders has thus far posed enormous challenges. This workshop focuses on elevating attention to the theory and methods that empower collective deliberation over these complex, consequential decisions. Despite established theory and proven practice regarding public participation and engagement, citizen consultation, and related fields, their application to climate change management, and in particular to assessing geoengineering as part of the portfolio of policy options, remains nascent.

Current estimates of the emissions reductions needed to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement assume a role for climate geoengineering, including management of the solar radiation reaching the Earth’s surface or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the hope of restoring historical conditions over time. History suggests that interventions in large-scale, dynamic physical and biological earth systems almost always lead to unforeseen outcomes. Though these are not always detrimental, due diligence requires that decisions be taken with extreme care and proper vetting of foreseeable risks and tradeoffs as well as plausible unknowns and wild cards.

The profound implications of research and potential deployment of climate geoengineering approaches compel urgent attention to public participation at all stages of decision-making, from framing issues to evaluating options and scenarios, setting priorities, codifying decisions, and implementing policies and programs. Energy transitions, climate adaptation, and geoengineering strategies all fall within a continuum of decisions. How to effectively operationalize public engagement and diverse stakeholder participation in this context is quickly becoming one of the most imposing challenges of governance. In this workshop, we avoid a view of public engagement as popularizing scientific information, increasing public literacy about geoengineering for its own sake, or encouraging compliance; likewise, we are mindful of the political risks associated with “decide-announce-defend.” Rather, we envision processes that foster public learning, shared deliberation among public and expert stakeholders, and collaborative development of improved governance processes and outcomes around this incredibly important set of issues.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Case Critical: The Ethics of Climate Engineering
481 Wrigley Hall, Tempe Campus
4:30-5:45 pm [light refreshments served]

Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, School of International Service, American University

Ryan Hanning, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Assistant Professor of Catholic & Theological Studies, University of Mary – Tempe

Christopher Cokinos, Associate Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona [co-moderator]

Elisabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Director, Spirituality and Sustainability Initiative, Arizona State University [co-moderator]

​T​he 2015 Paris Agreement ​​promotes low-carbon energy transitions​, adaptation and infrastructural resilience, but it also assumes a role for "climate engineering"-- a suite of actions to curb solar radiation reaching the Earth’s surface and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. We explore the ethics of climate engineering through four lenses: legal protection of human rights, public policy, theology and moral action, and culture as ethical inquiry.

Workshop event

Pre-workshop dinner and drinks
6:30 pm
Postino Annex – Reservations for 15, self-hosted
615 S College Ave, Tempe, AZ

The Graduate Hotel provides lodging for visiting participants
Address: 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 967-9431

There is a free hotel shuttle to and from Sky Harbor. Just call to make arrangements.            


One-Day Workshop

Friday, April 6, 2017

Room 240, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4), ASU Tempe Campus

8:00-8:45 am             Breakfast buffet and registration

8:45-9:00 am             Welcome

Elisabeth Graffy, School for the Future of Innovation in Society & ASU LightWorks Initiative, Arizona State University
Wil Burns, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (FCEA), American University

9:00-9:30 am          What is Climate Engineering and Why Do We Need “Governance?”
                              Wil Burns FCEA, American University

9:30-10:00 am       Policy Contexts for Public Roles in Intentional Climate Intervention
                             Elisabeth Graffy, SFIS and LW, Arizona State University

10:00-10:15 am     Break

10:15-10:45 am     Building Public Capacity for Governance of Science and Technology Issues

Cynthia Selin
School for the Future of Innovation in Society & School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

10:45-11:30 pm        Framing Issues for Public Deliberation and Engagement: Geoengineering, Energy Transitions, and Climate/Technology Risk 

Holly Buck

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Alice Siu

Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University

11:30 –12:30 pm       Participatory Approaches: Rationales, Designs & Intended Uses

Moderator: Cynthia Selin

Panelists:

          • eCAST, Mahmud Farooque, ASU
          • World Wide Views, Netra Chetri, ASU
          • Policy Simulations, Drew Jones, Climate Interactive
          • GeoELive!, Aubrey Paris, ISGP & Princeton

12:30–1:30 pm          Lunch Buffet on site [with Dave Guston, SFIS Director]
1:30–2:45 pm            Lightning Roundtable: Choosing a Future without Dangerous Climate Change – Transitions, Innovations, and Moral Choices

Moderator: Diana Bowman, School of Law & School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

        • Ellen Stechel, ASU LightWorks and School of Molecular Sciences
        • Chris Jones, ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
        • Ryan Hanning, University of Mary – Tempe
        • Ariel Anbar, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

 

2:45 – 3:00 pm          Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm          Hands-on Public Governance Break-out Sessions

Climate Interactive Policy Simulation (D. Jones) -- Room 240
Climate Resilience Citizen Consultation (M. Farooque, N. Chetri) -- Crater Carpet

4:30 – 5:00 pm          Evaluating participatory experiences

5:00 – 6:30 pm          Dinner Buffet on site


Governance of Climate Interventions on a Warming Planet: The Importance of Stakeholder Participation

Marston Theater, ISTB4
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Welcome        Gary Dirks
Director, Julie A. Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Introduction   Elisabeth Graffy
Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Speaker        Janos Pasztor
Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

Overview: Even the most ardent supporters of geoengineering acknowledge the risks inherent in these technologies, but uncertainty goes both ways. There are also risks in not using a technology that could help mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The challenge for policymakers, therefore, is to assess the risks of researching, developing—and possibly deploying—geoengineering technologies against those of not deploying them, and relying only on other climate interventions, such as mitigation and adaptation. Policy makers cannot make judgments on those risks by themselves. Scientists need to contribute, but policy decisions need to follow broad society-wide discussions, including key stakeholders at national and international levels.  It’s all hands on deck, and here’s why.


Day 3: Toward a Conceptual Framework for PP-CEG

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Breakfast on your own (recommend the Normal Diner adjacent to The Graduate or, if you’d like to walk about 15 minutes, try Snooze on College Ave or ChopShop on University Ave)

 
9:30 – 11:30               Memorial Union Starbucks Patio

Debriefing and generating next steps

  • Identify desirable collaborations with existing resources.
  • Draft a PP-CEG agenda to share with ASU research dev folks.
  • Outline a publication concept based on this workshop.
  • Generate a preliminary primer for public deliberation around geo.

11:30                          Adjourn         

Governance of Climate Interventions on a Warming Planet – the importance of stakeholder participation


Friday, April 6, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Marston Theater, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4), ASU Tempe Campus
Public Event – livestream access available


Janos Pasztor Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)



Overview:

Even the most ardent supporters of geoengineering acknowledge the risks inherent in these technologies, but uncertainty goes both ways. There are also risks in not using a technology that could help mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The challenge for policymakers, therefore, is to assess the risks of researching, developing—and possibly deploying—geoengineering technologies against those of not deploying them, and relying only on other climate interventions, such as mitigation and adaptation. Policy makers cannot make judgments on those risks by themselves. Scientists need to contribute, but policy decisions need to follow broad society-wide discussions, including key stakeholders at national and international levels.  It’s all hands on deck, and here’s why. RSVP here.

Janos Pasztor

Janos Pasztor

Janos Pasztor (Born in Budapest, 4.4.1955) is currently Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has four decades of work experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development. Before taking up his current assignment he was UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change in New York under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Earlier, he was Acting Executive Director for Conservation (2014) and Policy and Science Director (2012-2014) at WWF International. He directed the UNSG’s Climate Change Support Team (2008-2010) and later was Executive Secretary of the UNSG’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012). In 2007 he directed the Geneva-based UN Environment Management Group (EMG). During 1993-2006 he worked, and over time held many responsibilities at the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), initially in Geneva and later in Bonn.

His other assignments included: in the Secretariat of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit ’92); Stockholm Environment Institute; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Secretariat of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission); the Beijer Institute; and the World Council of Churches.

He has BSc and MSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

2 P. Oldham et al., Mapping the Landscape of Climate Engineering, 372 PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY 1, 2 (2014). E.A. Graffy, Meeting the challenges of policy-relevant science: bridging theory and practice. Public Administration Review 68(6):1087-1100 (2008). J. Pasztor, Ethics & International Affairs, 31(4): 419-430 (2017); S. Dalby, Geoengineering: The Next Era of Geopolitics?, 9(4) GEO. COMPASS 1, 8 (2015).

Case Critical: The Ethics of Climate Change

Wil Burns
Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, School of International Service, American University

Christopher Cokinos
Associate Professor of English, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Affiliated Faculty, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona (Co-Moderator)

Ryan Hanning
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Assistant Professor of Catholic & Theological Studies, University of Mary - Tempe

Elisabeth Graffy
Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society Director, Spirituality and Sustainability Initiative, Arizona State University (Co-Moderator)

The 2015 Paris Agreement promotes low-carbon energy transitions and strategies that foster adaptation and resilience but assumes the likely implementation of "climate engineering" -- actions that aim to alter the amount of solar radiation reaching the Earth’s surface and/or remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

This panel of humanists and social scientists will explore the ethics of climate engineering through multiple lenses: legal, public policy, theological, and cultural.

Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

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Workshop schedule and venue:
Pre-workshop dinner and drinks -- 6:30 pm
Postino Annex – Reservations for 15, self-hosted
615 S College Ave, Tempe, AZ

Friday, April 6: All-Day Workshop: 8am – 6:30 pm 
Room: 240 ISTB4

Registration
The workshop registration desk will be staffed starting at 8 am outside Room 240, ISTB4.

Meals
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided all day. 

Emergencies
If you have a medical emergency, dial 911. If you need assistance for other reasons, contact workshop leaders.

Internet Access
ASU has Wi-Fi available to all users by connecting to Wi-Fi and clicking on the “ASU Guest” network.

Weather

Temperatures will be between the mid 60’s – low 90’s with 16% humidity. Wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

Attire
This is an interactive workshop where all-day comfort is important. Attire is casual to business casual. No suits required.

Lodging
The Graduate Hotel (official workshop hotel) is located on:
225 E Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281

United States
https://www.graduatehotels.com/tempe/
Phone: (480) 967-9431

There is a free hotel shuttle to and from Sky Harbor. Just call to make arrangements.   
The hotel is located one block South of Arizona State University’s main campus and is adjacent to downtown Tempe’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district. The hotel concierge can assist you with your transportation needs and questions. 

Directions

From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to/from the Graduate Hotel Tempe:

  • Free shuttle provided by the hotel and available 24/7:
    • Once you have picked up your luggage from baggage claim, you will call the front desk at +1-(480)-967-9431. Select option 2 to be connected to the front desk. You will let them know what airline you flew in on and that you are ready to be picked up. The front desk agent will direct you to the appropriate area to meet the shuttle, as well as give you an ETA of when they will be arriving to pick you up.
  • Uber - www.uber.com
  • Lyft - www.lyft.com/cities/phoenix-az
  • Taxi – please see the Graduate Hotel’s concierge for assistance and calling a taxi
  • Light Rail – www.valleymetro.org/getting_on_board/hours_mlr Roundtrip tickets are $4.00 to downtown Phoenix. The Light Rail train runs every 12 minutes between 7:00am–7:00pm and every 20 minutes outside of those hours. The first trip starts at 4:40am on the weekends and ends at 2:00am. Please note that the northbound and southbound train stops are approximately one block away from each other. The northbound train travels along Central Avenue. The southbound train travels on 1st Ave (one block west of Central Avenue).
  • Light Rail to Sky Harbor Airport - www.valleymetro.org/planning_your_trip/

Parking

For those staying at the Graduate Hotel, overnight parking is free for guests but please be sure to let them know. Otherwise, you may be ticketed. 

Street parking (metered parking) is also available at ASU (see map for Visitor parking- rates will vary for 1-2 hours and whole day rates