This book provides a detailed outline of humanities major projects for revitalising and ultimately saving the earth. Money is created and could be invested in the ways highlighted in this book. It would make for better news stories than the ones that are currently played in the press. This book represents logical arguments for overcoming the world’s problems in an engaging fashion, which uses the stories narrative to avoid coming across as preachy.
The first chapter covers giving $400bn to education and the remaining $600 on cash handouts. This money is reserved for developing nations. A contrary thought is there are relatively fewer people in absolute poverty now than at any time in the history of humanity. This book is all about positive change, combined with pipe dreams and wishful thinking.
The second chapter covers how the money could be spent on health care. It covers universal health care and allocates $100bn to Ethiopia to set an example of how health care systems can be introduced, and highlighting how Ghana is the leading African nation in the area. This chapter highlights how Facebook’s profits are going into funding health care initiatives and aims to eradicate all disease by the next century. Towards the end of the chapter it shows how it might seem utopic but advances from the Nineteenth to twentieth century would have been unthinkable in the early 1800’s.
Cannondale Bike App – tracks energy saved
The third chapter covers spending a trillion dollars to prevent grave climate change. The start of the chapter taught me a new fact that the first person to advise on the destructive nature of CO2 was American scientist Eunice Foote in 1856. The author then outlines all further contributors to climate change science. The most challenging question when transitioning to a carbon neutral society, is how to deal with the powerful vested interest of those profiting from pollution. Governments remain silent and the public are ill equipped to take on such well resourced organisations. It would require a shift in public understanding to create a paradigm for enacting environmental change.
The chapter followed on covering hydrogen and gore a Sheffield, UK based company is getting close to producing carbon neutral hydrogen. I do see electric cars one day being replaced by hydrogen cars, but the public are still being weaned off petrol and diesel to be given more than the electric alternative.
The author invests in nuclear energy and specifically fusion and small modular reactors, ready by 2040. Nuclear is fine if not built anywhere near earthquakes or by corrupt governments who will hide their failures at any cost. In fact, nuclear is great no one can disagree but with great power comes great responsibility for which humanity can’t be trusted.
Electricity can be stored in water, by using electricity to pump water into a dam it can be used to force a charge through turbines and re-generate electricity. It’s amazing how far into life we can get without realising simple idea’s being so powerful. Storing vast amounts of electricity
I also learned something new about storing electricity in water through the utilisation of water, pumps dams and turbines. It destroys valleys but less hazardous than batteries measures in kilometres.
Just to drive home the climate change issue, the Earth supposedly needs to reduce its carbon consumption by 7.6 percent a year. We’ve never done this, nor ever seen a reduction. This chapter highlights the economic futility facing the environmental movement whilst free market economics is left to be the main arbiter of decision making.
The next chapter covers space travel and showing how Kennedy’s space exploration of the 1970’s in reality being a slice of the 21st century 50 years early. This book covers how to spend a large amount of money efficiently, in the space chapter it talks about funding international cooperation. This is vital as inter planetary resources are currently unclaimed and a global pact against monopolising resources with arbitrary ownership would pivot the future to being more about contributions rather than what one can solely take.
There is a chapter dedicated to turning the world vegan, with the author have not eaten meat for 30 years. Many of the arguments about the environmental impact of eating beef rarely get addressed and unless we start consuming less meat then the earth temperature is rising beyond the Paris accord aims regardless.
The book finishes with the author describing how they would spend the trillion dollars, it is well written and provides good insight into some of the worlds futuristic technologies to date and gives logical ecologoically minded arguments about saving the planet. If we could only print money our problems would be solved.