I watched this last night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN88HPUm6j0&t=3215s . Warning its over an hour long and while I admire Elon Musk and think he is one of the most important people working to save the planet alive today he is a bit eccentric and his personality may not be to everyone's tastes. TLDR: Elon has set up a $100M prize to find solutions to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and oceans. 1st place : $50M 2nd:$30M and $20M in seed capital. I think he is leaning towards technological solutions but is open to biological ones.
I am enormously impressed with Geoff Lawton's Greening the Desert project in Jordan and I think it would fit the Elon's bill to a T. Not only would Mr. Lawton winning be an incredible shot in the arm to the permaculture movement but more importantly can you imagine how much better and peaceful the world would be if Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Israel, Syria, and Iraq were transformed back into the 'lands of milk and honey' that they were in Biblical times before we humans ruined the landscapes. How many megatons of carbon would also be extracted from the air and stored into newly fertile soil? I dont know of anyone with more credibility and actual experience in dry landpermaculture than Mr. Lawton.
Any suggestions on how we can ask Mr. Lawton to compete? Im just a permie nobody.
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Frankly, I believe that Elon is looking for a startup technology that he can sell. I don't think a permaculture project is a "product" in the way that would win. However, it would be cool if Geoff Lawton entered because it might get some recognition from Elon about permaculture and inform Elon's huge audience. No idea on how to convince Geoff Lawton to do that though.
Jeff wrote:Any suggestions on how we can ask Mr. Lawton to compete? Im just a permie nobody.
Point of order: You aren't a "permie nobody." You have the sum of your experience, ideas, skills, knowledge, plans, friends, dreams, hopes, spirit, and potential that is completely and totally unique to you. Nobody else in the world has exactly what you have, where and when you have it. Don't sell yourself short. As long as there is breath in your lungs, the possibilities remain endless.
The Xprize.org website wrote:
To win the grand prize, teams must demonstrate a working solution at a scale of at least 1000 tonnes removed per year; model their costs at a scale of 1 million tonnes per year; and show a pathway to achieving a scale of gigatonnes per year in future.
Any carbon negative solution is eligible: nature-based, direct air capture, oceans, mineralization, or anything else that achieves net negative emissions, sequesters CO2 durably, and show a sustainable path to achieving low cost at gigatonne scale"
But hypothetically, say Geoff was put in charge of an X-Team, what do you think he would do first?
In other words, if you called him up right now, and he said "sure, mate, where do we start on this problem?" How would you reply?