The sudden interest in geoengineering spawns from humanity’s desire to look to technology for all of the answers. Ever since the Industrial Revolution, humanity has been enthralled with technology and the continual advancements of it. What this means today, with climate change, is that we seek a technological fix to our planet’s natural problems. Therefore, yes, geoengineering is a techno-fix. This is because we are under the impression that we can create the technology needed to solve our biggest problems. One example of geoengineering is “…shielding Earth with an atmospheric layer of sulfate particles to reflect some of the sun’s heat” (Hamilton, p. 1). However, techno-fixes are a dangerous path to travel when climate change is a natural problem, not a technological one. Using technology to combat global warming on our planet is a very man-made solution to a man-made problem that requires natural, not man-made, solutions.
No, geoengineering is not, by any means, a viable solution to climate change. Humanity needs to take real steps to help Earth and repair the damage we have done to mother nature. We cannot continue to absent-mindedly believe that technology will solve all the worlds’ problems because that belief will result in humanity’s ultimate downfall. Humanity must re-tune itself with nature and work towards real, not geoengineering or techno-fix, solutions to global warming. Too often humankind likes to take the easy way out, but that route is dangerous and deadly. We must combine our resources to save our planet and undo the harm we have caused in a healthy, natural way. It is time for humanity to be less dependent on technology and become one with our planet again.