Can experts commit and tackle climate change?
During the Cold War, America created the Apollo program. They commit to putting man on the moon. Apollo brought together the best scientists and engineers. They worked hard and they were motivated. Now, the leading academics are doing the same. They are calling same level of dedication to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change.
The project is called Global Apollo. The main goal of this project is to make renewable energy cheaper than coal by 2025. Global Apollo invites countries to join and pledge 0.02 of their GDP over a 10-year period to the program. Project worth $150 billion hopes that they can double up the money spend on research and development on clean energy.
Professor Sir David King, UK’s former chief scientist is leader of the project told BBC: “We have already discovered enough fossil fuels to wreck the climate many times over. There’s only one thing that’s going to stop us burning it – and that’s if renewables become cheaper than fossil fuels. Under our plan, we are aiming to make that happen globally within a decade.”
Global Apolo also released a report, which states that the discovery of new, cheaper ways to produce, store and distribute clean energy should be a new priority, and the current supply of clean energy should be subsidized until their costs go down.
“This challenge is at least as big as the challenge of putting a man on the Moon… We believe that is an absolute minimum to crack this problem. The good news is that we are seeing this technological progress. The bad news is that it’s simply not fast enough,” said LSE economics professor Lord Layard, who is a member of the Apollo group.
Do you think that the goal of Global Apollo is even possible?
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