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 land permaculture than Mr. Lawton.
Any suggestions on how we can ask Mr. Lawton to compete? Im just a permie nobody.