This week, angel investors will be gathering in the restrained institutional splendour in a corner of London’s Mayfair to experience Cleantech Innovate 2017. This is a conference in which a day is spent witnessing a procession of investment pitches for the investors’ money from struggling young companies, classified as Cleantech, which are desperate for investment funding. Why does it matter whether we support them or not?
Green Angel Syndicate believes there is nothing more important that we can do with our discretionary investment funds. This is a question of giving something back for the resources we have ourselves been privileged to use in our lives. But do not misunderstand what it means to be a Green Angel. We are not doing it to share our wealth with the struggling companies so much in need of it, for these are run by people who are just as privileged as we are. They are all run by educated, adventurous UK residents, who have generally grown up and lived their lives in Britain, just as we have. Their access to the resources we need for a comfortable and pleasant life are just the same as ours.
At no other point in history has the entire population of our islands been able to live with light, heat, transport, entertainment, food, communications, housing, in such unlimited supply as all of us who have been lucky enough to grow up in the second half of the 20th century. And, to cap it all, peace. No, our entrepreneurs at Cleantech Innovate are every bit as lucky as we are, they might need money for their businesses, but they don’t need it for their lives.
Our duty to be Green Angels is because the technology they are bringing to us for our consideration is technology that will change the nature of resource use, and spare those living in other parts of the world the resources they need for their lives.
Our duty to be Green Angels is because the technology they are bringing to us for our consideration is technology that will change the nature of resource use, and spare those living in other parts of the world the resources they need for their lives. Famine in Africa, drought in the Middle East, poverty in India, these are just the most obvious scandals of modern civilisation that require modern technology and commerce to address. How can we do this?
By investing in the technologies that are going to really make a difference as a consequence of commercial success. Green Angel Syndicate is not preaching a creed of becoming green. It is relying on green innovation to change the pattern of world resource use. We are trying to do it, because it matters for us, for our children, for their children. It will make the world a safer, more sustainable place for human lives to inhabit.
So let’s hope Cleantech Innovate is a successful day, set, as it is, in a building and location which represents the period in which our forebears used the resources given to them by colonialism as if their supply would be inexhaustible.
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