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Our Vision

The FREdome Visionary Trust advocates a shared way forward to solving economic, employment, natural resource and environmental issues.

Our world is in desperate need of radically new thinking. FREdome recognises that in grass-roots communities there is a vast untapped resource of collective ingenuity, goodwill and good sense.
We promote powerful, joined-up ideas conceived, identified and developed at grass-roots.

diagram showing ideas

An overview of the OASIS solution

Our flagship is Operation OASIS – a carbon cycling project based on large scale reforestation.

A massive problem

We currently operate a consume-and-dump economy, whose growth is based upon relentlessly accelerating over-consumption of a diminishing supply of carbon resources, which then accumulate as CO2 in the air, pollution in the seas and land-fill.
As we continuously deplete and pollute our planet the economic systems built on our primary industries are beginning to falter with potentially catastrophic results.
In order to become sustainable, we need to recycle excess CO2 back into resources. How?  With a natural process that we all learned about in school – photosynthesis!

Carbon cycle ignored

Trees and crops turn CO2, water, nutrients and sunlight into carbohydrates, which is what food and fuel are made of! We all know this but few in power have made this simple link.
Since our access to mass carbon fuel resources has been through mining and extraction,  the only solution to our problem that has been given credence is Carbon Capture and Sequestration –  dumping excess CO2 in tunnels under the earth and sea!
All this adds up to a great future for the mining industry – but what hopes for the rest of us?

Carbon re-use!

Let’s start by shifting the dialogue about carbon emissions from limiting or capturing them, to viewing them as a resource and converting them back into the very things that we are using up and running out of.
This process is an alternative to capture and sequestration and is being called Carbon Re-use.  The only known model for carbon re-use is the tree. (The Earth Institute’s solution is a ‘synthetic tree’ *)

Plant trees

Trees Can Make it Rain

What is becoming clear is that rainforests are only rainforests because they are connected to a source of airborne moisture from the sea. If you cut trees off from their source of moisture it’s game over – a whole continent will turn to desert. (Archaeology shows, for example, that the vast Sahara and Australian bush were originally forested.)  What we need to do is to restore the coastal trees so that they can induce a moist microclimate and we can undo the damage we have inadvertently done to our planet.

Start on the coast

So, how do we restore those coastal trees in such harsh desert climates? We have identified an extraordinary lateral-thinking solution from a British engineer, Andrew K Fletcher.  He points out that oil super tankers arrive from desert regions  and we send them back with microbe-ridden seawater as ballast. Meanwhile we still outfall-pipe much of our sewage out to sea, and it comes back to haunt our tourist beaches. If we filled tanker ballast compartments with that sewage instead, we could first bio-digest it to remove pathogens safely and generate bio-gas to be scrubbed and fed into the gas grid or used to power machinery.
At the other end we will have organic material and nutrients to turn sand back into soil and millions of tonnes of water to irrigate coastal tree belts to induce a moist microclimate, to enable agroforestry to proceed inland, absorbing vast amounts of CO2 and growing food and energy crops – more than enough for the world’s needs.

OASIS logo
Andrew calls this Operation OASIS. Visit www.OperationOASIS.com

Kickstart global economic recovery

With the Operation OASIS approach, environmental restoration and economic recovery could go hand in hand.  We can help developing nations to build economies that absorb our carbon emissions and provide renewable supplies of the commodities that our communities and industries need. Even those who don’t believe in man-made climate change can agree that with CO2 levels 40% up since pre-industrial times, it makes sense to view CO2 as a resource and turn it back into the things that our world is running short of.

End climate change debate stalemate

Carbon Cycling has the potential to unite opposing sides on the climate change debate behind a solution for our collective benefit. And that is the motto of the FREdome Visionary Trust – A Shared Way Forward.

Timeline

In Autumn 2012 our idea to build a coastal bioshield to demonstrate the principles of OASIS in East Anglia received significant support and encouragement from UKIP and DEFRA.

In Summer 2012 we launched a UK project to demonstrate OASIS – A Pocket Full of Acorns – a community coastal reforestation project designed to fight erosion and drought in East Anglia.

In 2012, with the help of Contact Centre Plus, FREdome  took the OASIS solution to parliament once again. Our debate attracted thought leaders in planetary resource management from leading institutions. All endorsed the principles behind OASIS –  rebuilding economies through strengthening ecosystems by investing in reforestation.

In November 2011 we won a local award for our project – the Herts Green Award for Best Green Communications Project. The project was subsequently shortlisted for the 2012 Green Apple Awards.

In summer 2011 we attracted commitment from our first commercial sponsor – Contact Centre Plus – a British technology start up offering call handling and telemarketing solutions.

In 2011, Liverpool John Moores University stepped up to lead a transnational bid to communicate the OASIS carbon cycling approach to communities, governments and EU policy makers. The universities, authorities and agencies who partnered us in our bid have committed half-a-million Euro towards covering their project costs if matched by the European Commission. You can view or download key excerpts from the bid here: http://www.box.net/shared/2d4kmn9ha39rn0cdvbr0

In early 2011 OASIS was publicly endorsed in Getz, Austria by Professor Dr Michael Braungart, co-founder of the European C2C Movement, whose work is co-funded by the European Commission. You can view or download his endorsement here: http://www.box.net/shared/t5m878ldou

In 2010, we convened an All Party Parliamentary Group session to discuss our proposal and invited an independent panel of academics at the top of the relevant fields. They agreed to become our Scientific and Advisory Panel. You can view or download the output from the meeting here: http://www.box.net/shared/gzqilkibpj

A Call to Action
  • Our long term purpose is to build a new global industry, using trees to convert excess carbon emissions and waste into carbon resources, such as food and fuel.
  • In the medium term we must attract interest from global organisations in scientific projects that demonstrate the economic, social and ecological value of carbon cycling.
  • In the short term we employ people to source potential partners and construct applications for international grants to fund research into carbon cycling.

How you can help

  • Individuals
    Make a small, regular contribution to our work – every little bit helps.
    Include our logo and link to this page on your website/literature.
  • Businesses
    Support and benefit from our social enterprise! Find out how the FREdome Contact Centre Hub can help your business grow with its low-cost but highly effective call handling services.

Please contact us for further details. Thank you!
* Source: Columbia University: Earth Institute News: University Joins ‘Synthetic Tree’ Venture.

(For explanation of principles see this Earth webisode


Carbon Capture, Sequestration and Reuse: The Basics

by Earth Institute plus

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