Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021

When Mother Earth Sends us a Message

United Nations 2021
Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Nature is suffering. Oceans filling with plastic and turning more acidic. Extreme heat, wildfires and floods, as well as a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, have affected millions of people.  Now we face COVID-19, a worldwide health pandemic link to the health of our ecosystem.

Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.

From one new infection disease that emerges in humans every 4 months, 75% of these emerging diseases come from animals, according to UN Environment. This shows the close relationships between human, animal and environmental health.

Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which will officially launch with World Environment Day 2021 (5 June), will help us stop, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and every ocean. But we will only succeed if everyone plays a part.

Let’s remind more than ever in this International Mother Earth Day that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. Let’s promote harmony with nature and the Earth. Join the global movement to restore our world!

 

 

End of the Oil Era

End of the Oil Era

End of the Oil Era 

Climate-Centric Clean Energy

After endless global protests on Climate Change, finally America steps up.

Thanks to President Joe Biden and his progressive administration, the USA has rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, halted the Keystone XL pipeline and vowed “the most aggressive” carbon cut the U.S. can make.

That came just before Biden signed a climate-related executive order suspending new oil and gas leases on public lands, directing federal agencies to purchase electric cars by the thousands and seeking to end fossil-fuel subsidies.

Biden wants to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 2035, a timetable some utility executives consider too difficult and expensive to meet. Climate activists are now waging a ” war on gas,” fighting pipelines and pushing cities to ban the fuel’s use in new buildings — and Biden’s early moves align with these goals.

A Sustainable Trend is Emerging – Clean Energy Growth is Inevitable

General Motors said it was setting a goal to sell all its new cars, SUVS and light pickup trucks with zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, a dramatic shift by the largest U.S. automaker away from gasoline and diesel engines and aggressively push to embrace electric vehicles.

GM also plans to become carbon neutral by 2040, pledging to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, dramatically boost sales of electric vehicles.

Committing To Clean Energy Will Not Be Easy…

Committing to Clean Energy will not be easy. It means most businesses will need to make changes in the way they create products and deliver their services. And most importantly it means Oil and Gas companies will need to pivot to a new model of energy that will create long-term sustainability in both job creation and Climate Change.

Our Blue Planet is involved in one such of these new models of energy by using sustainable biomass based solutions to replace fossil fuels in material and energy applications . NanoTerraTech is creating “Biomass to Graphene to Energy”… read more

UBCO Special Research Project – “BDV” Biomass Derived VAGNA (Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)

UBCO Special Research Project – “BDV” Biomass Derived VAGNA (Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)

Biomass Derived VAGNA

(Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)

 

Creating Rechargeable Battery Material

Our Blue Planet (OBP) is pleased to announce a special research project in conjunction with the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Engineering Department for the development of “BDV” Biomass Derived Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays (VAGNAs). Dr. Lukas Bichler is the supervising Professor of the special research project.

Derived from 100% sustainable waste wood products, the structured VAGNAs have been shown to be an extremely conductive material, suitable for use in rechargeable batteries and other energy storage devices.

Using a proprietary OBP process, we hope to demonstrate alignment and customization of pore size range spanning from macro, meso, micro to promote superior ion exchange, faster charge times, and superior energy density.

The use of biomass to create graphene nano arrays in the most sustainable way as possible was the overall project driver. Having zero petroleum based carbons as a battery anode will have a dramatic reduction in GHG emissions, and will deviate from current battery anode graphite that is derived from environmentally damaging extractive processes such as mining or from fossil fuel products.

UBC Okanagan Engineering Department:
Research Assistant Madisyn Szypula, with Our Blue Planet President Scott Farnham, in Lab with precursor biomass material.

15 year old castigates world leaders on climate change inaction

15 year old castigates world leaders on climate change inaction

Swedish teenager does not mince words at COP24

Showing poise and commitment that belies her 15 year old age, Greta Thunberg from Sweden provided a direct frontal assault of truth to world leaders at the COP24 conference in Poland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFkQSGyeCWg

“You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children.

But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet. Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.”

Truly inspiring words that the oil establishment I’m sure will resent and probably try to repackage somehow into their own propaganda. I’m hopeful that the new and upcoming generation of voters and consumers will have the collective power to effect change in countries all over the world.

And ask yourself, what can I do today, tomorrow, next week, next year to do my part to reverse climate change. It’s up to all of us.