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“Atmospheric Pressure: Transforming Air into Power in Southern Mexico” | CEES Colloquium Series Event
November 5 * 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Friede’s talk, entitled “Atmospheric Pressure: Transforming Air into Power in Southern Mexico,” explores how technologies designed to mitigate climate change are affecting the lived experience of indigenous communities across the global South. Advocates of renewable energy view wind power as a “win-win” solution—reducing global warming while also bringing economic benefits to local communities. Dr. Friede’s research complicates this rosy picture, arguing that technical solutions alone will not only fail to mitigate the effects of climate change, but may actually intensify social instability and embolden the very power structures that have led to climate change in the first place. RSVP here.
Based on over 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork among renewable energy experts, engineers, government bureaucrats and citizen activists, Dr. Friede is motivated by the conviction that long term interdisciplinary research rooted in ethnographic methods can help address climate change. After her presentation, Dr. Friede will welcome feedback and dialog about the complexities of green energy infrastructure and the ways she might extend her work to engage with audiences across academic disciplines and beyond.