I admit it – I saw a 12 minute conference and ended up crying =/
The logic and obviousness of the concepts explained, the shame as a human being, and a sense of powerlessness towards global problems which can only be dodged by the commitment to do something about it, or at least to not deny it.
Justin may-Tipping (Scientist, specialized in nano technologies, Director of Nano Holdings) starts asking what would happen if we could generate energy (usable for us) through our windows. Thanks to a new technology, they achieved windows to reflect the sun rays during summer, letting the room remain cool in the inside, while trapping the sun rays inside the room during winter, in order to maintain the room warm enough. He then explains the implications of this technology and the need to replace the energetic grid with a “no-grid”, by providing energy from where one stands, in a clean, efficient manner, and more importantly, for free…
By freeing energy from the grid, we can go to the next issue, which is the lack of water in the world. Every human being needs an average of 8 glasses of water per day in order to live, and this basic need is not fully covered for all the inhabitants of the world. The water reserves worldwide are scarce and the right thing to do is to invest in desalination plants in order to take advantage of the salty water from the oceans. The problem is that each of this desalination plants costs around 19 trillion dollars, as the energy used in the desalination process (of the water required to supply the water demand worldwide) is equivalent to twice the energy provided by the actual annual oil consumption. In other words, we do not have the money, nor the energy to achieve it. But if the energy is free, and its provision clean and unlimited, then we would all have access to water.
Justin Hall-Tipping ends his conference in a very moving way… he says that 18 years ago he found a picture in the newspaper that stroke him hard, and every time someone told him that his ideas about energy and water were utopian and unreachable, he thought that that answer could not be said to girl in the picture. The picture is very harsh, hence, for those who could get impressed or annoyed, I recommend you not to see it (which is why I did not upload it here)… it was taken in Sudan, where the water is scarce in a critical way.
My dear friends, I salute you, until next week.
PLOFF – it is not environmentalism, it is changing the world…