Early days

The 2010-2011 Working Group

SRMGI was launched in 2010 as a response to the Royal Society’s seminal Geoengineering the climate report. In its early stages, the goal of SRMGI was to produce recommendations on the governance of SRM. It convened an international working group of 28 academics and NGO representatives from 16 different countries to draft a report. Serving on the group in their personal capacities, their inputs and discussions at the 2011 SRMGI conference in the UK, provided the intellectual foundation for the 2011 SRMGI report. Early in the group’s deliberations it was decided that specific governance recommendations would be premature. Therefore, the SRMGI report instead sought to provide a foundation for further discussions, outlining different governance considerations and possibilities.

The members of the 2011 working group were (with their affiliations at the time):

Name Affiliation Nationality
Prof. Vicente Barros University of Buenos Aires Argentina
Dr Jason Blackstock Centre for International Governance Innovations Canada
Prof. Ken Caldeira Stanford University USA
Prof. Paul Crutzen Max Planck Institute, Mainz The Netherlands
Dr Arunabha Ghosh Council on Energy, Environment and Water India
Prof. Clive Hamilton Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics Australia
Prof. David Keith University of Calgary Canada/USA
Prof. Peter Liss, FRS University of East Anglia UK
Dr Jane Long Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory USA
Prof. Igor Mokhov AM Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics Russia
Prof. Granger Morgan Carnegie Mellon University USA
Dr Sospeter Muhongo University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Prof. Laban Ogallo Drought Monitoring Centre, Nairobi Kenya
Prof. Ted Parson University of Michigan Canada
Dr Atiq Rahman Centre for Advanced Studies Bangladesh
Prof. Phil Rasch Pacific Northwest National Laboratory USA
Prof. Steve Rayner University of Oxford UK/USA
Prof. Catherine Redgwell University College London UK
Prof. Alan Robock Rutgers University USA
Dr David Santillo Greenpeace UK
Dr Youba Sokona African Climate Policy Centre Ethiopia
Dr Pablo Suarez Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Argentina
Dr Akimasa Sumi University of Tokyo Japan
Sen. Liz Thompson Barbadian Senate, Rio+20 Barbados
Prof. Eduardo Viola University of Brasilia Brazil
Prof. David Winickoff University of California, Berkeley USA
Prof. Xue Lan Tsinghua University PR China

The birth of SRMGI’s outreach meetings

Once the report was published, SRMGI began to work to internationalise the discussion, initially running SRM outreach meetings with local partner organisations in India, Pakistan and China. This was followed by a trio of meetings around Africa funded by the Inter-Academy Panel and delivered in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences. The model for SRMGI’s outreach workshops was established. They always have the same goals: to start well-informed conversations about SRM in the local climate community and to get participant ideas on any next steps in their countries or regions. Suggestions usually range from research to governance to education to campaigns.

Group photo of the participants at one of SRMGI’s first outreach meetings, in Senegal