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Carbon – Friend or Foe?


Come and give your views at an All Party Parliamentary Group session
Is carbon really the enemy? Could carbon emissions even secure rather than threaten our future?

Yes – according to the Hertfordshire-based FREdome Visionary Trust – an organisation which aims to empower radical new ideas. The idea being discussed is to convert unwanted carbon emissions into energy and food, on a grand scale. And it’s a natural process. If we are prepared to think radically, then, they argue, it could become a reality.

This option is to be the subject of an All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group session in Westminster to be held on 18th November 2010.

The session will take place on Social Enterprise Day, during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
If the option is taken up it could enable the UK to create and lead a whole new global industry, enabling the world economy to grow rapidly once again, but in a manner that restores rather than depletes and pollutes the planet.

Greg Peachey, Founder and Chair of the FREdome Visionary Trust said,
“This event promises to be both inspiring and thought provoking. My earnest hope is that renewable use of carbon is recognised as a plausible option for harnessing emissions. If it can be seen that moving this option forward is supported at a high-level, I believe that the immediate result will be widespread optimism for ourselves and future generations.”

Invited to the meeting are politicians, academics, industry leaders, oil companies, foreign agencies, environmental groups, grant-making trusts, charities, youth representatives, concerned members of the community and the media.

  • Greg Peachey BSc, Founder and Chair, FREdome Visionary Trust
  • Andrew K Fletcher, Originator, The OASIS Solution
  • Chris Hines MBE, Owner, A Grain of Sand (formerly: Sustainability Director at the Eden
    Project, Founder and Director of Surfers Against Sewage)
  • William E Matthews OBE, Vice President of the International Tree Foundation (Patron, HRH
    Prince Charles). Holds the Royal Warrant to HM Queen Elizabeth for all royal residences.
    Honorary Life Member of the International Society of Arboriculture. Appointed Ambassador for
    the Trees by the British Tree Council.
  • Pano Kroko, Chairman of Environmental Parliament & Green Capital LLP
  • Professor David Thomas, Head of School, Oxford University Centre for the Environment
  • Professor Eric P Achterberg, Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems, University of Southampton
  • Professor Stephen Nortcliff, Professor of Soil Science, University of Reading
  • Professor Frank M. Chambers, Professor of Physical Geography – Climate History and Change, University of Gloucester, Sustainability Institute
  • Professor John Wainwright, Professor of Physical Geography (Links between hydrological, geomorphological and ecological processes), Sheffield University
  • The APPCCG’s aim is to deliver material and meaningful progress on climate change by creating an arena in which interested and relevant parties are able to discuss and formulate policy options and promote those that offer the greatest promise. The APPCCG works closely with businesses and civil society to integrate scientific, business and government approaches to tackling climate change. It has attracted unprecedented interest. Members now include over 150 United Kingdom MPs from all three main political parties, along with almost 200 businesses, academic institutions and NGOs from across all major sectors.
  • Working closely with Colin Challen MP, former Chair of the APPCCG, the CarbonNeutral Company helped to set up the group and now act as the secretariat. The current Chair is Joan Walley MP.
  • The aim of the St Albans-based FREdome Visionary Trust is to empower the ideas identified by grassroots communities, actively concerned about the future of their young.
  • The flagship community-selected idea is Carbon Cycling, kick-started by The OASIS Solution – restoring the global carbon cycle and using natural processes to convert excess carbon emissions into threatened carbon-based resources, such as foods, fuels and biodegradable consumer/industrial materials. See
  • During the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, the youth team recorded a related video message and entered it into the 1minutetosavetheworld international short film competition organised by WeCan in partnership with organisations, such as The Guardian, Greenpeace and the World Development Movement. There were hundreds of entries from 30 countries and 21,275 people voted.
    Their entry won both the youth category and the public vote, with the most votes and highest average rating, stimulating the greatest amount of discussion. (See and
    The film was screened, both to world leaders in Copenhagen and at the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group in Westminster.
  • In a letter from the St Albans District Green Party, Jack Easton, the St Albans candidate, wrote “I could see nothing implausible in your vision. Much more positively, I shared your view that it was difficult to understand why this or any comparable plan was not being implemented already, let alone discussed as a significant contribution towards meeting some of the world’s major challenges: “man-made” climate change (and other consequences of increasing CO2 concentrations), oil depletion, desertification and feeding the hungry.”
  • The Agriculture & Environment Research Unit (AERU) at the University of Hertfordshire has offered to collate and assess the supporting scientific and economic data and work with the FREdome Visionary Trust to raise the funding (£30K) to finance this research.
  • The OASIS Solution for kickstarting Carbon Cycling uses the waste water pollution from Europe, returning it as ballast in crude oil tankers that currently transport sea water half way around the world for no financial gain, to reforest desert coastlines to alter the rainfall favourably enabling restoration of arid land for fuel and agriculture. Globally, an estimated 1,500 cubic kilometres of waste-water is produced annually. Currently, only limiting carbon emissions is receiving attention. What if those emissions were turned back into forestry and timber production? Forests like most vegetation thrives on high levels of CO2 locking the Carbon dioxide in forests permanently.
  • The Scale of the Desert Problem: Arid deserts return solar energy and heat back to the
    atmosphere. Forests absorb and capitalise on this same energy while the foliage and roots hold onto the rainfall preventing loss of soil, flash floods and mud slides.
    Past civilisations have perished by failing to manage the soil, stripping coastal vegetation and forest to inadvertently induce deserts.
    A staggering 44% of Australia is arid desert. A further 37% is semi-arid grassland or scrub. 1/3 of China is now desert. Larger Deserts comprise: The Sahara (Northern Africa) stretches 3 million five hundred thousand square miles. Gobi (Mongolia and China) 500,000 square miles. Patagonia (Argentina) 300,000 square miles. Rub al-Khali (“Empty Quarter”) (Saudi Arabia) 250,000 square miles. Kalahari (Southern Africa) 225,000 square miles. Great Sandy (Australia) 150,000 square miles. Great Victoria (Australia) 150,000 square miles. Taklimaken (China) 140,000 square miles. Chihuahuan (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico) 140,000 square miles Kara Kum (Turkmenistan) 120,000 square miles. Gibson (Australia) 120,000 square miles Thar (India and Pakistan) 100,000 square miles Kyzyl Kum (Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) 100,000 square miles. World War 3 has effectively begun and humans are losing the battle for sustainable productive land at an unprecedented rate. Russia has reported immense crop failure due to extreme drought spanning many months this summer. Don’t overlook the significance of deserts. They are a massive threat, or opportunity.

Greg Peachey
Founder & Chair – FREdome Visionary Trust
Founder – C-Green Solutions – Carbon Cycling Project
Founder & Chair – Spread (Third World charity – Registered Charity Number 284057)
Principal Community Partner – St Michael’s Catholic High School & Specialist Humanities College, Watford
Principal Speaker – “The Missing Link in the Carbon Debate” – All Party Parliamentary Climate Change
Principal Speaker – “How can Herts turn the world around” – W&WH Chamber of Commerce
Chair – “A future for our children? Can I make it happen?” – ExCeL Centre, London
Chair – The Watford Celebration
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