Building local expertise
SRMGI runs engagement workshops in developing countries, trying to build capacity for local experts, NGOs, public and policymakers to engage with the issues SRM raises. We always work with local partners, including NGOs, universities, science academies and even a national science museum. To date, we have run 17 workshops in 14 different countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand. We have also run side sessions at the Biennial General Meeting of the Caribbean Academy of Science and at the Pacific Climate Conference 2018.
People of all perspectives are welcome at our meetings and SRMGI does not tell its participants what to think about SRM. Instead, we facilitate a two-way learning process, and encourage participants to share their ideas on climate change and SRM. All of our meetings are run in concert with local partner organisations and feature local expert speakers. Thanks to SRMGI's early endeavors and network-building, an increasing number of individuals from developing countries are writing papers and articles on geoengineering, attending conferences, and making their voices heard.
We are currently expanding our work to more nations and will be running another 15 outreach meetings between 2018 and 2020. The purpose of these meetings is to bring discussions to a broader audience, building the capacity of developing countries to make their own decisions about SRM research and its governance.