Imagine the world in 10, maybe 20 years time. What will it look like? If we are to believe the conclusion of COP 24 in Katowice at the end of last year, and the publication of the IPCC Report shortly before it, the natural world is now irrevocably committed to the warming trend.
We are urgently in need of transformative science and the technology that can change the inevitability of this trend within the next 10 years. Our problem is that these technologies have not been invented - yet. The need is visible, the solutions are not - yet.
That yet is the case for angel investment in the Green Economy.
Intervening in the Green Economy
Humans have always intervened in the Green Economy to modify, accelerate, improve, divert and harvest the resources nature has presented to us, so that we can make more of them. But we have never before tried to change the direction of nature’s travel.
We have diverted rivers, built dams, formed mill-streams, created fish stocks, we have build huge agrarian developments for the growing of crops, we have fenced off land, deforested regions. And so we have surrendered parts of the world, like the Nile Valley, as it grew hotter, allowed other parts of the world, like the US, to become free of the huge stocks of bison as the human population took over. We have made no attempt to preserve the cold regions of our planet.
So what is the technology that we need now to reverse the warming trend and create a world that will effectively support a population well in excess of 8 billion, and quite probably closer to 10 billion?
For example, if the South Mediterranean seaboard is to be fertile again, it needs water to grow crops, fertiliser to re-invigorate the soil, it needs a control system to ensure the temperatures are maintained adequately to the task of crop production, it needs energy to power all these activities, it needs infrastructure to transport the goods needed.
We need transformative technologies, capable of deep change quickly.
In the most extreme case, we need Geo-engineering, in other words, engineering of the entire planetary eco-system to reduce temperatures and restore the climate patterns that allow sustainable life for the greatest area of the planet.
Technology in action
Solutions are being worked on. This is one of the most active areas of innovation certainly in western development and possibly in global development. Inventors and innovators are turning their attention to the problem. This is where the smart money is going and the pace of innovation is increasing in proportion to the perceived rewards of success.
The challenge is to find the right investments to make, and that is where Green Angel Syndicate can help.
Green Angel Syndicate
We are an angel syndicate making early stage investments in the development of the technologies we need. We aim to select those which are destined for success long before such success is necessarily obvious, but the need is so great that success or failure will happen quickly. We concentrate on those sectors which will have the greatest influence – energy, food, water, transport.
Green Angel Syndicate is the only angel syndicate in the UK specialising in this way, which makes it unique, and uniquely well equipped to judge what will succeed and what won’t succeed.