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Doe mee aan massaal milieuherstel! - In twee maanden tijd al 18,97 € verzameld! :-)

Hoe van 18,97 € uitgroeien tot enkele tienduizenden euro's?…
door Tsenne Kikke - dinsdag 15 februari 2022 1:27

Soms is het niet gemakkelijk om mensen in beweging te brengen om hoogstaande technologie financieel te ondersteunen - vooral, (1) als het grotendeels 65-plussers zijn die worden aangesproken, en (2) de technologie waarover nu sprake is, zijnde de buitenlandse AirSeed, geen meerwaarde voor hun eigen achtertuin of balkon inhoudt.

Toch mogen we niet opgeven - gewoonweg omdat er via Google anderen ons een bezoekje kunnen komen brengen, met misschien hier en daar een mecenas tussen. Wie weet?... :-)

Of, iemand die de werkgroep Zelfkennis aanvult, is ook goed, natuurlijk!

Nabericht 6/3/2022: we hebben de 18,97€ aan de sponsor teruggestort en daarmee alle hoop op succes opgegeven...

Waarover gaat onderstaande videoclip?

Er wordt explosief geïnvesteerd in nieuwe technologieën om de planeet koolstofvrij te maken. Maar de 37-jarige klimaatinvesteerder Dawn Lippert zegt daarin dat er iets belangrijks ontbreekt in deze strategie, namelijk: investeringen in de lokale mensen die het meest met deze oplossingen te maken krijgen. Ze vertelt hoe ze de kloof overbrugt tussen investeringen in nieuwe technologie en lokale gemeenschappen - door dichter bij de plaatsen te komen waar ideeën in praktijk worden gebracht.

Maar, vooraleer men er in kan investeren, moeten er eerst centjes zijn, hé! In elk geval is hetgeen ze te vertellen heeft eveneens een prachtig uitgangspunt, vind ik...

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"13 years ago, I was living in Washington, d. c. I was working with the Department of Energy to identify breakthrough technologies to help solve climate change. And I remember one particular day sitting in a windowless room, a massive concrete buildings and talking with colleagues about how this particular wind technology or solar or battery technology could solve climate, if only we had enough resources. And then I met my mentor Maurice Kaya, And he had a very different perspective. He lived 5000 miles away in Hawaii And he's been working on the ground and implementing clean energy technology with communities have been doing it for more than 30 years. And he asked me what if we brought this decision making on breakthrough technologies closer to the ground closer to people who are actually being affected by new technologies, what would that unlock, What would that look like? And he invited me to move to Hawaii to figure out just that. And so I did. I moved to Hawaii and all of a sudden it wasn't just my job to identify interesting new technologies from D. C. But to actually wrestle with some of the challenges on the ground.

I was right in the thick of it. This was 2009 electricity prices in Hawaii were three times those in other states and people couldn't afford to pay their bills at the same time solar energy electric vehicles were just starting to come into their own and it was actually cheaper to use these than burn oil. So Hawaii presented this perfect opportunity to demonstrate how to transition an entire economy off of fossil fuels. It was all getting real. The battery that we've written a check for in D. C. Was now on a ship on its way to Hawaii ready to be installed just a few miles from my home. And so Maurice and I seen this transition was happening and the fact that we needed many new technologies in order to make it work started a nonprofit called elemental an investment platform. We've now invested in over 100 startups and we've funded more than 70 projects that are first of their kind technology projects to actually implement these technologies on the ground in communities and we're testing this thesis. Can we actually make better investment decisions if we're closer to communities and the places where we're implementing these new ideas and what we've learned in the last dozen years is that yes, while technology brings half the solution, the community brings the other half. But there is a huge gap in the amount we're investing in the technology to reach this transition and the amount we're investing in the communities and the community capacity and infrastructure to actually deploy these technologies at scale. Last year globally, about $500 billion dollars was invested in the technology side of the decarbonization equation.

And while this is really necessary and needed, and in fact it needs to increase 4 to 10 times in order to get where we need to go on emissions, we're not keeping up on the community side. And the gap is only growing Last year, nonprofits working on community-based climate solutions only received about $9 billion. Less than $9 billion dollars in funding. This gap is widening quickly and it's putting our ability to deploy new climate solutions at risk. So let me be more specific over the last dozen years, we've tested and experimented with many, many ways to actually try to rebalance this equation to bring community investment more in line with technology investment. But you're probably wondering, what do we actually mean by community investment? Obviously looks really different from investing in a startup. What I mean, is investing time, political capital and resources in government, particularly local government and the ability to permit plan for integrate, work with new climate technology. That's coming to all these local jurisdictions and on the community side, what I mean, is investing in non profits in education and in hiring locally so that we actually have the capacity in local places to implement technologies and then investing in the bridging between these different sectors. What we've found is that investing in this more holistic way on government communities and technology not only increases our impact, but also leads to better financial outcomes. The companies that we've worked with in our portfolio have now raised over $5 billion dollars in follow on funding And they're operating in more than 60 countries globally. I'll give you two examples from the portfolio, one in concrete and one in water.

These happen to be the two most abundantly consumed materials on the entire planet. So first concrete in 2018, we invested in a startup that introduces captured carbon dioxide into concrete and the co two is then mineralized in the concrete and stored forever in our bridges and buildings. But inventing this very cool new technology alone wouldn't do that much to solve the climate crisis. Real people have to use it. So in addition to implementing it with architects and concrete operators in hawaii on the ground and the Department of Transportation in a real highway, we brought in local government to create demand for this new concrete. So, with the startup and our Mayor and City council, we passed a resolution to prefer low carbon concrete in all new projects. Now, you might ask, well, what does this one specific policy in this specific place have to do with really solving global climate challenges? Well, a few months after we passed that resolution, our mayor brought this to 200 mayors who passed the same policy for cities all over the country. So now this one project that stores about 700 tons of carbon dioxide in Hawaii, which is about the equivalent of taking 150 cars off the road per year, is scaling to cities around the country and also around the world. But this isn't just about investing in the local government capacity that can meet technology and help scale it. It's also about investing in communities. So I'll give you an example from water last year there is a community leader who started a nonprofit to specifically address water pollution and pollution on reefs, beaches and Hawaiian fish ponds.

They didn't have the technology to figure out how to deal with the polluted water that was coming off all of these different buildings. So we scoured the globe and found a startup that turns polluted water into clean water and clean electricity by using methane from the process and re injecting into the facility c like in so many cases, the nonprofit and the startup actually have similar goals. The nonprofit though can't really reach its goal of addressing water pollution without technology to address at the source. And the startup would have a much harder time implementing technology locally without the local relationships and trust and know how that the nonprofit brings. Now I won't pretend that bridging these two is easy or working together is easy startups and grassroots organizations, community organizations, you speak very different languages and a lot of bridging is required between them. But this is the kind of work we need to do if we're going to start rebalancing the equation between technology investment and community investment, we, as the investor often actually pay the nonprofit to do this kind of work. We think this is a key part of the equation, paying the nonprofit for their expertise just as you would pay an electrical contractor, general contractor on a project for their value. And really importantly, then building this kind of financial mechanism into every single project. So that as we're scaling climate projects that are working, we're also scaling investment in the communities at the same time, in our experience has been particularly important in honoring indigenous communities bringing them into the co creation process early rather than asking for free advice. Now we, as investors often pay the nonprofit partners and ourselves and we also train startups to do this so that as they become big companies as they scale globally, they're doing this around the world as well. And this isn't happening nearly enough, but it's one tool we can use to start rebalancing the equation between community and technology investment. So these cannot be one off examples if we are to meet the challenge of climate change Globally.

We will need 700,000 electric busses, 25 million solar panels, 400 million vehicle chargers to meet this challenge. Just imagine all of the decisions that need to be made, all the physical things that need to be installed in real places. Global climate progress relies on local action and this truly is where it gets really hard. It's actually relatively easy to invest from a windowless room and not really think about all the consequences of implementation on the ground, as I did when living in D. C. It's much harder for us and me to walk into an unfamiliar situation and acknowledge that we really don't have all the answers. I remember early in this work bringing a new transportation app to parents who said that transportation access was one of their key challenges. We were in this beautiful space, open air didn't even need to open the windows of all fresh air and I was demonstrating this new app to them and saying, well, do you think this would help you? What's your feedback? Do you think you would use this? And they looked at me kind of perplexed and said, well this is sort of an interesting fancy new app but we wouldn't use this. What we really want is our after school shuttle back that was cut from the city budget last year and I was turning red and could feel the heat rising in my face.

I mean talk about uncomfortable, but it's conversations like these that have changed completely the way that we invest in startups? Yes, we do technical due diligence and financial due diligence. But can we be better investors by actually asking the communities which we asked every time now before we make an investment decision would you use this? Is this something that you actually want? It's what Maurice taught me early on to get out of the office, get on the ground and listen to what people really need. Technology can only bring half the solution the community brings the other half and we have to fix this imbalance. Now if we want to fix climate change and we do any of these new solutions to work for climate, they have to have at least these two ingredients, the technology that scales and the relationships and empathy that we share. This is what we'll need to create a future where our Children can thrive. And I have a particularly large stake in that. Thank you."

"Vind mensen, die in zichzelf zowel de motivatie als de aangeboren drijfveer hebben om aan hun Innerlijke Zelf te werken, en we zullen hen gidsen."

- DIMschool vzw, de énige gespecialiseerd in Zelfkennis, zijnde: het kennen van het Zelf -
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