Holly Jean Buck


As we hurtle towards climate catastrophe, demands for urgent action grow louder. While geo-engineering presents an opportunity to reverse our man-made destruction, it is what comes after this intervention that we must consider. It is social transformation on a worldwide scale which is imperative if we as humans wish to remain citizens of this planet.

Holly Jean Buck is a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  She’s interested in how communities can be involved in the design of emerging environmental technologies. She works at the interface of environmental sociology, international development, and science and technology studies. Her diverse research interests include agroecology and carbon farming, new energy technologies, artificial intelligence, and the restoration of California’s Salton Sea.

At present, she is studying how technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere might affect landscapes in the central US, and how policy for scaling up carbon dioxide removal can be designed for community benefit. Her book After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration examines best-case scenarios for carbon removal.  She has written on several aspects of climate engineering, including humanitarian and development approaches to geoengineering, gender considerations, and human rights issues.