Executive Summary – TOJO

Humanity’s energy needs have set the world on a course toward inevitable collapse, but in our hands lie the power to change our path towards a brighter sustainable future.  Our ever increasing energy needs have depleted our resources and polluted our world with the byproducts of our antiquated energy sources. A change must come, if we hope to preserve our way of life for our children and all the generations to come. But change is newer achieved without opposition and to meet this opposition, new tools must be adopted, and these tools are exactly what the Alien Energy research project has to contribute.

The new forms of energy that seem poised to take over from fossil-fuel are sun, wind and wave. These energy sources, while less energy dense, are endlessly renewable and, almost as importantly, completely natural. Harnessing the natural forces of our world is costly, and demand engineering talent and dedication, but the payoff – endless energy and the reduction of wasteful by-product, most notably CO2 – means the investment in these types of energy should be a given. Unfortunately our prior investments and the tried and true nature of fossil-fuel, lead too many to oppose this transition.

The fossil-fuel based energy-industry is an economic and political juggernaut, meaning that any high level political discussion of the new energy sources cannot happen without the shadow of economic repercussions.  And the repercussions are not only happen on a societal scale, but also on a personal level, since too many political officials rely on industry donation for their reelection funding and may even have personal holdings interfering with their objectivity. Add to that the daunting and expensive task of implementing a new section of energy production and the infrastructure to support it, and the discussion of renewable energy too often end in political gridlock. In summary, change on this scale cannot depend solely on a scientific elite or a politically influential minority; change of this kind must happen bottom up.

Examples of people influencing energy policies (Nuclear power in DK)

How infrastructure starts with societal perception.

Creating societal investment

The importance of emotional connections

The energy walk

Using similar processes in a wider context

Call to action + conclusion

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