The beloved English broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough has given his support to the Global Apollo Programme, a project telling us 'just one thing would be enough': making renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuel.
A well co-ordinated 10-year-plan The Global Apollo Programme (GAP) is one the projects, aimed at halting the inevitable climate change – which is not happening in 75 years from now, it's been happening for a while – by making clean energy cheaper than gas, oil or coal. We can't imagine large corporations, that strive on oil, being in favour of this, since environmental benefits are usually the last thing on their list of priorities, but focusing on clean, renewable energy is something not only them, but the entire world has to commit to.
The GAP report states: "Climate change threatens us with increased risk of drought, flood and tempest, leading to mass migration and conflict." This is what is happening now. What the GAP proposes, is "we must take action to prevent this, by radically cutting the world's output of carbon dioxide. We must reduce the use of energy and we must make the energy we use clean i.e. free of carbon-dioxide emissions."
The programme requires private as well as public investment in research and development, estimated at $15bn a year globally. Top scientists, politicians and energy experts are trying to make their case by arguing that this is the kind of investment that will "benefit all the nations of the world." They claim this plan would "save governments money in the future" (which is, in today's money-run world, an argument like no other) and reduce the cost of bills for households and other consumers.
According to Sir David: "Most of the great advances of the last 100 years have come from publicly-funded research: computers, satellites, the internet, smartphones... All the electricity we now require is available from limitless sources like wind and solar. The sun delivers 5,000 times more energy to the earth's surface than humanity needs. But renewable energy is intermittent. The sun doesn't always shine. The wind sometimes drops. So we must find even better ways of storing the energy and carrying it long distances to where it's needed."
Watch the video below to discover more about what Sir David had to say: