Two scientists highlighted the need to change the lifestyles that generate global warming, as part of a Future Congress event in the Magallanes region.
International experts Katrina Johnston – American anthropologist specializing in spatial public – and Catriona McKinnon – English political scientist – who spoke to the public and then answered their questions.
First, Johnston explained that he specialized in urban archeology, through spatial ethnography, a research technique that, through direct observation, saves the history of humanity from its urbanization, which has been dated with an age of 10 thousand years.
In her view, cities are a habitat that explains people’s practices and perspectives, which is why they reproduce sexism, racism and a number of discriminatory visions of society.
Subsequently, McKinnon reflected on the fantasies that exist around climate change control, with particular emphasis on solar geoengineering, a type of climate engineering that proposes returning a portion of sunlight to space through the injection of aerosols into the stratosphere, inducing thus global cooling which limits or reverses climate change.
His reflections circumscribed the risks of leaving the solutions entirely to technology, especially when its governance is not defined, as he believes that changes can start being made now, reducing the comforts with which we live.
13% of the world’s green hydrogen
The audience expressed particular interest in the concrete actions that can be taken to reverse the situation. In this sense, the scientists have stated that we have no choice but to keep trying, and that one of the most feasible ways is to create cities where nature is the protagonist, and where journeys to move from one place to another do not exceed the 15 minutes, in order to maintain neighborhood life and build sustainable communities.
Another topic that has concentrated concerns has been the installation of the green hydrogen industry in the region, due to the doubts generated by the presidential goal of reaching, in Magallanes alone, 13% of the world’s production of this energy from the wind . .
In this regard, the specialists commented that this situation speaks precisely of environmental justice, since this type of outsourcing shows a European model of outsourcing technological processes to another territory, in order to maintain a lifestyle when what needs to be done it is to change for one that is already feasible, such as reducing the use of individual vehicles to walking, cycling or using public transport.
The meeting had the support of the Illustrious Municipality of Punta Arenas, the Regional Government (GORE), the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH) and the University of Magallanes (UMAG), and the support of the Fundación Prisma Austral.
This week, the event called “Future Congress” began in Chile, organized by the Senate’s Challenges Commission for the Future, the Encuentros del Futuro Foundation, the Government of Chile and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.
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