I believe that the undeniable and overwhelming evidence of Global Climate change presents us all with a future that is uncertain and potentially either disruptive or dangerous depending on where you live. We must adapt and change to avert a looming ecological, economical and human disaster. I believe that we can minimise the worst of the coming climate changes and wind back our ever increasing clime to carbon catastrophe if we adapt and adopt low or no carbon technologies and fuels. Be that Solar, Wind, Methane, Ground sourced heat or yet to be invented (as far as I know) Lightning conductors and huge batteries.
My job is to explain to people, businesses and communities why this is all so important, relate these looming changes to their lives and businesses and show them how with financing, grants and genuine savings, they can adopt renewable technologies today to significantly reduce or remove completely their dependence on traditional fuels like oil and gas and protect and insure their future energy independence and help to save the planet.
I Live in Hawick in the Beautiful Scottish Borders with my Wife Lesley and out 4 wonderful Children who will obviously inherit this planet from us so I figure I really should be doing my part so when they grow up and ask me what we did to try to prevent what will come I can say I did this.
My Family, sharing knowledge and education, Renewable energy sources, reducing carbon emissions and living a sustainable happy life.
I read a quote somewhere once that said "when the student is ready the teacher will appear" it's the same thing for me with climate change. That's what I do, I try to be ready when someone who has not woken up to climate change is ready to ask the question and for me to be the teacher. Climate change may not be as bad in the long run as some people say it will be but it could equally be worse. We are living in a time when on the one hand millions of people are already being effected by climate change and on the other, millions of people know next to nothing about it or refuse to accept it. I believe in the human spirit and our capacity for wonder and I believe we will solve the climate crisis. We have to, the alternative is simply unacceptable and unimaginable.
Education and Saving the planet.
I first discovered TED about 10 years ago now and over the years I have told hundreds of people about TED and how utterly inspiring and amazing it is. A lot has changed over the years but the central theme of TED and it’s message and activities remains as strong as ever. If I ever need inspiration or motivation then 20 minutes watching or listening to a talk on any number of random subjects and I am ready and inspired to take on the world. for the rest of the time, I just like watching and listening anyway, it's part of my life, my daily diet of knowledge. I cannot imagine a world without TED.
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