The holistic approach to climate change.
- Aug 20, 2020 6:56 pm GMT
A holistic approach to climate change is one in which the sight of the forest isn’t lost for the trees.
The theme of the October Special Issue of the Royal Society is “Going negative: An interdisciplinary, holistic approach to carbon dioxide removal” (CDR).
In its introduction, Tamara Jane Zelikova of the University of Wyoming says, “Society has grappled with waste, as a social, technical and public health challenge, for centuries.”
In the article Should carbon removal be treated as waste management? Lessons from the cultural history of waste, she notes how, “Holly Buck presents waste management as a powerful analogy for CDR. She begins with describing the roots of the circular economy, the idea that waste is a resource out of place. Buck points out that treating CO2 as a waste is part of how societies progress, analogous to the evolution of modern sanitation and recycling, driven by changes in societal norms, policy and technological progress. But Buck also points out the dangers of approaching CDR as simply an issue of waste management, opening up a resource frontier that normalizes the production of waste because it is a feedstock to something better. This framing suggests that if we can manage CO2 as a waste, and if that waste presents an exciting opportunity, we may inadvertently forego decarbonizing our energy sector and our entire economies and keep the status quo. While the waste framing applies to CO2, Buck provides lessons from the evolution of other waste management regimes to guide a more deliberate development of CDR within a waste management paradigm.”
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