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“The Missing Link in the Carbon Debate”

November 8, 2010

A meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group in association with the FREdome Visionary Trust:

Portcullis House, 6 pm 18 November 2010.

The Question:Why just limit or bury carbon emissions when they could be converted naturally into scarce resources?

Our proposal

CO2 levels are up 40% since the Industrial Revolution and humanity is now running out of carbon-based resources, such as food and fuel. Vegetation turns CO2 into food and fuel, but 50 million square kilometres of the world’s land is expanding desert. The ideal solution is therefore: “To combine and scale up the well-proven technologies of Agriculture & Forestry – Agroforestry – on wasteland, to resolve Climate Change and Resource Depletion.” This is the principle of Carbon Cycling.


The OASIS Solution to kick-start carbon cycling is to tanker biodigested, organic-rich wastewater to nourish and irrigate tree belts on desert coastlines, creating moist microclimates that will enable agroforestry to extend inland. This will help restore the natural carbon, water and nutrient cycles on a local-to-global scale. Carbon Cycling has the potential to unite very different groups behind shared, beneficial action for very different reasons.

What are the potential benefits?

For donor developed countries (providing the waste):

  •  a twenty-fold or greater reduction in the cost of sewage treatment
  • removal of pollution from their shores
  • stimulated tourism
  • an estimated annual 2Bn kWH of renewable methane that can be fed directly into the gas grid or converted into heat & electricity
  • creation of employment opportunities
  • economic regeneration
  • mitigation of need for new power stations
  • introduction of competition into the water industry for the first time
  • a reversal of the decline of the shipping industry and offsetting of its carbon footprint
  • attraction of foreign investment
  • improved foreign economic relations
  • leadership in low carbon innovation
  • traffic reduction through removal of waste road tankers from the road
  • a reduced need for incinerators
  • improved air quality
  • reduced pressure on landfill
  • an environmentally sound outlet for excessive slurry from intensive farming
  • orders for biogas generators, pipe-work & equipment…

For recipient countries:

  • self-sustaining forestry & agriculture
  • creation of arable land to serve their populations and for exported produce
  • the strengthening of developing economies
  • useful employment
  • expanded habitats for endangered species
  • the assembly of an infrastructure for indigenous organic waste disposal and power generation
  • investment opportunities as fertility leads to development and the building of communities and new coastal towns.

Potential global benefits include:

  • stimulation of peaceful international trading relations
  • initial improvement of microclimates, leading to balancing of unevenly distributed rainfall and reduction of extreme weather events, which when scaled up will begin to address climate change.


 As the potential benefits of this proposal are so vast, FREdome believe that it simply must be explored.

These groups have already reacted favourably to our proposal and started to engage in constructive dialogue:

  • Scientists in relevant fields including ecosystems; marine biogeochemistry; soil science; environmental change; geography of arid environments.
  • Experts and practitioners in the tanker & shipping industries;


  • Ambassadors & water commissioners from recipient countries .

Supporting facts in brief:

Desert nations already use wastewater for irrigation although it is in short supply and tends to have a dangerously high salt content.

Aviation data confirms that coastal vegetation and sharp land/sea temperature differentials form storm clouds and strong on-shore breezes.

The greening of Ascension Island by Darwin confirms that trees can extract water from clouds and vegetation will spread as a result.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss our solution at a meeting of the during Social Enterprise week. 
Find out more about the meeting:  “The Missing Link in the Carbon Debate“ –   a meeting of the ALL Party Parliamentary Climate change Group in association with the FREdome Visionary Trust: Portcullis House , 6pm,  18 November 2010.


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