The Five Stages of Climate Grief | Bargaining

Recording: The Five Stages of Climate Grief | Bargaining

The Climate Grief Series

Welcome to SG’s contribution to TUD Climate Action. There will be five events for you to visit, corresponding to the famous five stages of grief: denial, depression, anger, bargaining, and acceptance.

Stage 4. Bargaining

We like to fix things, and there is no shortage of big ideas at the TU Delft. Maybe there’s a bargain to be struck, and we can engineer our way out of the climate crisis. By actively modifying aspects of our planet and its climate through geo-engineering, we might be able to stabilise global temperatures while we are transitioning to a net-zero economy.

But with great power comes great responsibility. Predicting the long term effects of climate modification is all but impossible, and geo-engineering may offer us idle hopes of turning the tide, at the expense of other approaches to climate adaptation and mitigation. In this session, we will discuss the risks, responsibilities and opportunities of geoengineering and other radical solutions.

James Hutton is Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at TU Delft. His research focuses on emotions and moral epistemology. Recently, he has been working on a series of interconnected articles on emotions and climate change.

Isabelle Steinke is assistant professor at the TU Delft Faculty Of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. She is an atmospheric scientist with a background in cloud microphysics and currently focuses on interdisciplinary research questions related to climate engineering.

Jeroen Oomen is assistant professor at the Urban Futures Studio at Utrecht University, where he focuses on the social, cultural, and scientific practices that create societies’ conceptions of the future. He the author of the book Imagining Climate Engineering: Dreaming of the Designer Climate (Routledge, 2021).

Artist in residence Letizia Artioli is a PhD candidate at IUAV University of Venice and KABK ArtScience. Investigating the relationship between human beings and climate change data as a matter for research and creation.

Moderator Aafke Fraaije is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ethics & Philosophy group at TU Delft, researching how we can have meaningful conversations about climate change. And how art can help us.

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