International Campaign for Use of the Asilomar Principles

Sep 9, 2011   //   by Administrator   //   Pivot Points in the Environment

THE “ASILOMAR PRINCIPLES”  

The “Asilomar Principles” are proposed norms and guidelines for climate intervention and remediation research.  They were developed to reduce the risks and set the safety standards associated with conducting such research.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE “ASILOMAR PRINCIPLES”

In March of 2010 the Climate Response Fund facilitated more than 175 geoengineering researchers, environmentalists, economists, historians, journalists, and policy experts gathering from 15 countries to deliberate and develop these principles. An open conference on Climate Intervention Technologies bringing the researchers together with experts in the non-science issues associated with the research, had never happened before.  Invitations to participate in the conference were extended by the conference Scientific Organizing Committee, comprised of 12 preeminent international experts on climate and led by Dr. Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute.

The breadth of expertise brought to bear in developing the Asilomar Principles was extraordinary. The collaboration resulted in both a philosophical statement about climate intervention and remediation as well as the principles themselves. 

THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE THE RISK FOR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH                              

The development of the “Asilomar Principles” was a first step towards establishing global safety standards for this research derived from interdisciplinary review of climate intervention and remediation research. The development of these principles must now be accompanied by an aggressive campaign to ensure that the “Asilomar Principles” are embraced internationally by non-profit entities and governmental institutions who plan, fund, oversee and evaluate climate intervention research.

The Climate Response Fund (CRF) will continue to work in collaboration with the outstanding conference leaders and participants, as well as invite new leadership to participate in an International Campaign to ensure the use of the “Asilomar Principles”.

THREE STEPS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR USE OF THE ASILOMAR PRINCIPLES

CRF will work to continue and expand consideration of the ways to reduce risk and set safety standards, associated with climate intervention and remediation research, in the following ways:

1)     Presentation of “Asilomar Principles”:  Press Announcements with our partners for the conference at the release of the Principles, and presentation of the Principles in international meetings.

2)     Engagement with Strategic Partners/Organizational Partners to adopt the Principles in decision-making.

3)     Outreach to governments and organizations responsible for planning, funding, overseeing, and evaluating the results of climate intervention and remediation research.

1) Presentation of Asilomar Principles:    

The International Campaign for Use of the Asilomar Principles will kick off with a press announcement and briefing to celebrate the release of the “Asilomar Principles.” In addition to press activities here in the United States, the Climate Response Fund will hold press activities in the State of Victoria, Australia, the United Kingdom, and in Canada.

2) Meetings with Strategic Partners/Organizational Partners, Governments and other Organizations

CRF will begin the international work with our strategic partners, organizational partners, and governments that have already expressed interest in the outcomes of the conference. The 2010 International Campaign will include working with the following:

US Organizations and Agencies:

National Academy of Sciences

National Science Foundation

Environmental Defense Fund

Pew Center for Global Climate Change

Department of Energy

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NASA

US Global Change Research Program

National Council for Energy Policy

American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society

International Organizations and Agencies:

European Science Foundation

International Geosphere Biosphere Programme

World Climate Research Program

World Academy of Arts and Sciences

London Convention/London Protocol

Governments:

State of Victoria, Australia

Canada

UK

Germany

Spain

Italy

Greece

Sweden

Norway

Brazil

Israel

India

Japan

China

Mexico

South Africa

3)  Outreach to New Partners

As a result of discussions at the Asilomar conference with participants, there are several other governments and organizations that we want to engage in discussion.  Many of these represent developing or transitional economies, and organizations emerging from the climate change community in those communities.  While researchers in these countries have not yet started climate intervention research, they are important experts on climate change and on the potential impacts of climate intervention and remediation.  They must be brought into the discussion of this research early in order to ensure that it is conducted responsibly and with appropriate concern for the impacts in the developing world.

South America

Africa

Asia

Third World Academy of Arts and Sciences

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research

START (International Global Change Research capacity-building program)

AOSIS (The Alliance of Small Island States)