Triple Canopy is pleased to present Speculations (The Climate), the first of two roundtables on climate change and the future, as part of Marfa Dialogues/New York. Following on our summer project at MoMA PS1, Speculations ("The future is ________"), and as part of our upcoming Speculations issue, Triple Canopy is inviting scientists, scholars, and artists to discuss pressing issues around climate-change adaptation and mitigation, surveying a range of viewpoints on ecology and nature. The second roundtable, Speculations (On Nature), will take place on Saturday, November 23.

Speculations (The Climate) will consider the science, ethics, and politics of solar geoengineering, a set of technologies intended to reflect sunlight and reduce global warming, perhaps by injecting particles of sulfuric acid into the upper atmosphere. How much do we know about geoengineering’s climactic and social effects, and how does geoengineering fit into larger debates around climate change, the carbon economy, and global inequality? Participants include Holly Jean Buck, George Collins, and Christian Parenti.

Special thanks to Ballroom Marfa, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Public Concern Foundation for their support of this project.

  • Holly Jean Buck , a PhD student in environmental sociology and science and technology studies at Cornell University, is interested in how societies experience and retell the Anthropocene, the epoch in which human activity can be seen in geological strata. She researches how citizens and scientists understand climate engineering, and how it is portrayed in the media.
  • George Collins is currently setting thirty-three thousand years of environmental indicators to music.
  • Christian Parenti is a professor of sustainable development at the School for International Training, Graduate Institute. He is a contributing editor to the Nation and the author of four books, most recently Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (2011).
  • Sam Frank is a senior editor of Triple Canopy.