I had the honor of attending this years ARE Day with some profound thinkers and do-ers. The credentials of the speakers and the range of topics discussed was impressive.
The theme was the Hydrogen Economy and the future of renewable energies.
As you can read from my Twitter feed, I was struck by both the urgency of our collective need for a carbon-neutral future and some of the ideas on how to do it.
The Call Is Urgent
On the urgency side, here are some tweets that give a sense of both the opportunity and the urgency:
Methane emission is the top priority. It is technically possible to reduce the global methane cycle by 75% by just closing flares and fixing leaks! @AmoryLovins
14-miles off the Florida coastline sits a vast ocean flow that is an untapped American energy resource. 44Gw of potential.
Last year global energy demands grew at its fastest rate. Ever. 5G is going to bring 50B devices online. The energy demands will be staggering. Support hydrogen- based energy production that is carbon free.
On the optimistic side where folks were in engaged in actively addressing the issues, there was Tom Chi of Google X lineage. He has one company that is machine-gun-firing tree seed pods into the soil from a drone. The ambition is to plant 2.2 Trillion trees at a pace of something like 5,000 seed pods an hour.
Carbon sequestration may have a hero.
Another inspiring speaker was Per Espen Stokes.
Espen is a “global TED speaker”, a title I never knew existed. I can honestly say – he deserves it. He delivered a compelling talk based on the one shown at TED. It turned the conference conversation from policy and technical jargon to one that addressed the human soul.
We know that fatigue can set in when humans are bombarded by climate change / disaster news resulting in overall paralysis and apathy. The dialogue must be overhauled to move towards action and optimism. Please watch.
Entrepreneurs Leading Innovation
I sat (actually stood to try and wake the audience up from a post lunch stupor) on a panel titled - Entrepreneurs Leading Innovation. The panel members were terrific.
Here’s a clip from my bit to give some flava: