Geo Engineering And Its Effects On The Future Generations

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Currently, geo-engineering has not been developed or tested to ensure its efficacy and safety. I know that this uncertainty can be lessened through predictions or computer-generated simulation. Despite these efforts, there will still be a percentage of uncertainty when it comes to the risk that future generations may face. Hence, developing and utilizing geo-engineering may have adverse effects in the future generations, which becomes an ethical issue. Subjecting the future generation to the unknown effects of carbon removal or aerosol dispersal in the atmosphere may cause more harm for we cannot 100% predict the future. Others may argue that geo-engineering may lead to the ensured survival of the future generations. They may live…show more content…
To put it simply, “Tragedy of the Commons” highlights the rational decisions of an individual to use the common resource without regard for the rest of the people who also utilize it until they have depleted the common resource as a whole. Also, this concept can be applied to the problem of climate change. A nation or society may continue to release greenhouse gas emissions without regard for the other nations in the world. Later on, the rest of the world, including that nation will suffer due to the rise in temperatures or sea levels and the other effects of climate change. Not only does this concept relate to the actions of a certain group that leads to the harmful effects of climate change, but geo-engineering can also be subjected to the “tragedy of the commons”. For instance, a country deploys aerosols in the atmosphere or plants reflective crops to mitigate the effects of climate change. Still, the nation next to it may continue to carry out actions without regard to their carbon footprint, since this neighboring nation feels that its neighbor’s geo-engineering technologies are already taking care of the problem. For that reason, the neighboring nation’s lack of regard to the problem can be seen as unethical. Despite the fact that the problem is being addressed by one country, it does not give another nation the right to continue their contribution to the problem. Hence, their rational decision to
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