Integrating technology and collective wisdom to heal our planet
What & WHY
The environmental release of genetically engineered organisms to intentionally alter wild species could solve pressing societal and ecological challenges.
Using this technology irresponsibly or not using it at all could imperil both human and environmental health.
To build processes and deliberative platforms that engage a diversity of voices, promote innovation, inform policy, and foster public engagement to collectively guide the development of environmental genetic technologies and their responsible deployment.
Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa - Water Dreaming at Mikanji - 1988
Courtesy of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
With new gene editing technologies like CRISPR in hand, humans can genetically engineer the wild. Genetic engineering of plants and animals designed for intentional environmental release may provide long sought-after solutions for some of our greatest global challenges.
Protecting human health by engineering insects and rodents to prevent disease transmission.
Restoring ecosystems through genetic elimination of invasive species
Promoting genetic resilience for species threatened by changing environments.
Enabling pesticide-free sustainable agriculture.
Responsible development of this technology will require a diversity of inputs and perspectives.
Most regulatory bodies can't address the technical, ethical and social complexity
of environmental genetic engineering.
There is currently no neutral space for meaningful deliberation and informed decision-making.
Genetically engineered organisms will cross international borders;
no global oversight exists.