Important Investment Projects: How Planet XYZ Will Help
By Richard Franks
There are dozens of planet-saving enterprises and initiatives launched every day all over the world. They are steered by innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and activists, all of whom have a keen desire to save Planet Earth.
Some of their concepts try to halt our descent towards ecological Armageddon; others are designed to right the wrongs of the past.
But each and every one of their eco-schemes has something in common: the desire to make the world a better and safer place in which to live, and to ensure Earth stays healthy for generations to come.
To give you an idea of the TYPE of enterprise Planet XYZ is interested in here are three contemporary ‘green’ ideas:
- Fertilising the ocean: One of the biggest problems we face is a rising level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. CO2 is a by-product of our industries burning of fossil fuels. This greenhouse gas traps heat in the atmosphere, which brings about climate change.
One idea being talked about is to deposit iron dust (another by-product of industry) on the surface of an ocean to encourage massive algal blooms. Algae absorb CO2 from the air and, according to a report in The Guardian, 10 tanker-loads of iron filings could feed enough phytoplankton to remove 1 trillion kilograms of CO2 every year from the Earth’s atmosphere.
- Hydrogen cargo ships: Hot off the press at the moment is the hydrogen-hybrid boat; a working concept that uses lithium hydride powder to produce hydrogen fuel. Researchers are hoping that the green energy system (which at present is installed in a canal barge) can be applied to ocean-going liners and multi-tonne cargo vessels.
- Backyard sufficiency: This defines a mode of sustainable agriculture which uses small plots of urban land to yield crops. ‘Micro farmers’ maximise the yield of small patches of land by adopting both ancient and modern techniques, such as vertical horticulture and hydroponics. The popularity of this kind of intensive farming is gathering pace.
What companies are we interested in?
In short, Planet XYZ is interested in any company that develops technologies to renew, sustain, grow or protect, or already uses innovative means to accrue real environmental benefits.
And it doesn’t matter where in the world a company is based; its ethical position and motivations are all that matter to us.
Companies involved in one or more of the following will be considered:
But remember, this is not an exhaustive list. If there is an opportunity to support enterprises in other areas of ecological healing then Planet XYZ will consider it.
If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them so please let us know!
We’ll look at companies that are breaking ground in the search for realistic alternatives to plastic. Plastics manufacturing is at the moment something undertaken by the petroleum industry. Thus, for every piece of plastic made there is a fossil fuel emission.
To find alternatives to plastics is the Holy Grail of environmental researchers and policy makers. One possible route to an alternative is the manufacture of plastic-feel material made from biomass (organic matter).
According to Conserve Energy Future, 18 million acres of forests are cut down every year around the world. If that wasn’t enough, consider the plight of the rain forests: at the current rate of deforestation in places such as Brazil and Madagascar there will be no rain forests left in 100 years’ time.
Planet XYZ will approach proponents of eco-friendly methods of production and utilisation; those companies that devise ways to use alternative materials and actively seek sustainable products rather than source their wares from virgin forests.
Over-fishing oceans is a huge problem and one that is not being adequately tackled. According to the WWF, two-thirds of the world’s fish stocks are either fished at their limit or over fished. To extract fish in numbers far beyond what is naturally sustainable is nonsensical: a lack of fish equates to lost income for fishermen and ultimately a collapse of the industry.
Over-fishing also has a devastating impact on the health of sea and river dwellers further up the food chain; those that rely on fish to survive.
We will not only look at the viability of investments in fish farms but also turn our attention to companies that are involved in such things as designing exclusion nets to limit the number of sea mammals drowned after being snagged by fishing gear.
It is estimated that marine pollution has impacted on the wellbeing of hundreds of species of marine wildlife. But that in itself is hardly surprising when you consider that eight million tonnes of plastic waste is being dumped into our oceans every year.
Microbeads are thought to be one of the biggest causes of this pollution crisis. But even though it is commonly known that the poisoning of the oceans is due to microbeads, manufacturers are still including them in their products. In fact, many every day household items contain them.
These microscopic particles ruin fragile marine food chains by poisoning the smallest creatures at the bottom of the chain, which in turn pass on the poison to the ones at the top.
Companies that are focussed on the development of alternatives to microbeads will be of interest to Planet XYZ.
In an effort to invest wisely in enterprises that seek to halt climate change, Planet XYZ will look at companies that work within all industries including agriculture, utility, pharmaceutical and construction. We want to invest in companies that strive in their everyday work to either reverse climate change or protect the environment from further damage.
Companies on the frontline of the campaign for a better, greener future need all the help they can get.
They need investment in order to realise their innovations and to continue to find new means to tackle climate change. Without investment they will flounder and the decay of the Earth will continue unabated.
Planet XYZ intends to choose wisely the companies it invests in.
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