Public Engagement with Climate Technologies in Post-Truth Times, with Holly Jean Buck

Event Date: 

Monday, November 6, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Event Location: 

  • McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

Event Price: 


The climate crisis is leading to discussion of all sorts of technological responses, from drastic interventions like solar geoengineering, to new infrastructures of carbon capture and clean energy technologies. Public engagement is central to demands for procedural justice. This talk discusses how different social actors are currently confronting this dilemma, and then suggests some ways we can frame the challenge of meaningful engagement amidst a profit-driven and often-toxic media landscape.
Holly Jean Buck is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Buffalo. Her research focuses broadly on climate change, global environmental governance, environmental policy, science and technology studies, and public participation in emerging technologies. She is the author of After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration (2019) and Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero is Not Enough (2021).
The lecture is part of a series of events on the theme of Nature, Ethics, and Technology, organized by Professor Lisa H. Sideris and co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies, the Walter H. Capps Center, and the Center for Humanities and Social Change.