chapter  Chapter 11
“This is God’s stuff we’re messing with”
Geoengineering as a religious issue
WithWylie Carr
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"It's very dangerous to try and play God. This is God's stuff we're messing with. This is how Peyton–an Alaska Native, subsistence hunter, and wildlife specialist in Barrow, Alaska—described his impressions of geoengineering after hearing about it for the first time. The chapter focuses on past social science research and interviews with religious individuals to argue that religion will play a role in public support for, or opposition to, geoengineering research in many countries. Religious beliefs will likely play a similar role with regard to geoengineering. Interestingly, Kahan et al. found that the prospect of geoengineering better aligned with the values of certain cultural groups who view "human technological ingenuity as the principal means by which our species has succeeded in overcoming environmental constraints on its flourishing". Rachel's wariness of geoengineering is not necessarily surprising, or unique to religious persons.