A guest thread by Mathis Hampel, who notes that recent discussions here on the Zwiebel have prompted him to write a short argument against (global) climate control. Also he wants to encourage readers to imagine what climate would be had we never measured the atmosphere.
If we subscribe to a primacy of direct experience one acquires of the world over the many mediated ones, climate can be thought of as memorable “snapshots”: we remember what we have done and how we have felt at some point in our lives – here climate is not a physical entity but an experience alive in one's memory. Since one cannot remember the passage of time (but snapshots of space-time), memory of climate is primarily described in spatial terms and refers to dwelling in places and crossing (cultural) borders, “states of mind”, 'social' situations etc.. Hardly can time be sensibly divorced from space. In this vein, climate can never be objective. Objective climate can only exist in mediated form, for example, via the atmosphere's quantification which has turned the space-time of climate into a space/time of climate change. (Global) climate change in its geophysical reality so forces itself upon our imagination as a particular space-time configuration. Only via instrumental observations, climate models, etc. can climate be imagined as spaceless, changing through time and controllable. This scientific space/time offers the logic that our actions need to be controlled (globally, as it were). The repeated failure of Kyoto only shows that measures to control climate, hence human action and imagination are limited. In other words, climate change cannot be controlled because we think locally and act globally.