Check out my husband Jeff Goodell’s interview with climate scientist David Keith, who feels that geoengineering–or human tinkering with the climate–may well be the only way to offset global warming.
Keith says, "I don’t think that civilization is at stake with global warming. But I think that loss of the natural world we care about is at stake."
Of course, I get chills just thinking about those brutes at the Army Corps of Engineers going to work on our atmosphere, sucking out CO2 or aping volcanoes by shooting small particles into the sky. But we don’t seem to very successful at minimizing climate change by cutting our carbon consumption, do we? Who here has quit driving?
Keith’s conclusion: "I think we’ll end up being in the gardening business with this planet."
I’m fine with allowing technocrats to garden the planet, as long as every decision-maker involved is forced first to attend a year-long gardening boot camp where he or she will fork manure and develop a healthy respect for the cycles of nature and the interconnectedness of all life on earth.
Oh, yeah, my second condition is that nobody makes a move without Michael Pollan’s signing off on it. It was Pollan, prescient man, who argued in his 1992 book Second Nature that the untouched wilderness is finished, and the proper relationship of man to nature is now gardener to garden.