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11. The deforestation

11th blog, February 26, 2019

Worldwide, 7.9 million hectares of forest are cut every year, about twice the area of the Netherlands. That is 19 soccer fields per minute. During the last 2,000 years, mankind has made about 2 billion hectares of fertile land - largely covered with trees - infertile. From the Bible we know that the Jews left Egypt for the land of milk and honey. If you go to that region now, you’ll feel like you’ve ended up on the moon. There is no room for cows and bees in Jordan. The upper strip of North Africa was once green and fertile; the lions that were used in the Coliseum came from there. There is now virtually nothing left of it.

10. The climate indulgence discussion

Tenth blog, February 25, 2019

Everyone knows that trees, in order to grow, extract CO₂ molecules from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. In that process the CO₂ is dissolved: the O₂ (oxygen) is returned to the atmosphere and the C (carbon) is stored in the plant and in the soil. Trees do this free of charge and it is a solution to climate change that works, is scalable, and generates money. What more do we want?

9. The territorial CO₂ limitation

Ninth blog, February 22, 2019

A concept some experts hide behind is the term 'national emission target'. According to them, each country must solve its own CO₂ emissions within the national borders. This is - in addition to the 'indulgence' argument we write about in the next blog - the main reason why the Treesolution is not included in the Dutch Climate Agreement. And so we experience that when we propose the Treesolution to prevent climate change, we are silenced in advance with the argument that 'the Treesolution is not allowed because we have a 'national emission target'. This is not accuarate, however. The climate convention Paris COP21 states in article 5.1 that 'sinks' are permitted, with 'forests' being mentioned as a solution. National boundaries are not set here, so we are allowed to think ‘out of the country’.

8. Wasted money?

Eighth blog, February 21, 2019

Imagine that all scientists are wrong, and that climate change is not caused by the high CO₂ concentration of 410ppm. Suppose climate change is just as real as Santa Claus, but it does not give presents. Imagine that we could have invested all those hundreds of billions in education, health care, innovation of new fossil fuel-free energy, poverty reduction and all sorts of other things, instead of in wind turbines, CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage, see my previous blog) and other expensive, useless, technologies. How we would improve our world!

7. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Seventh blog, February 20, 2019

Carbon Capture and Storage, or CCS, is the toy of a few companies that want to filter CO₂ from the combustion gases - including power plants - with an extremely expensive technology, and then store it in underground empty-vacuumed fields that used to contain fossil fuels.

6. Message from The Netherland’s most beautiful tree to mankind

Sixth blog, February 13, 2019

Dear Green Musketeer,

Every year the election of the most beautiful tree of our country takes place in The Netherlands. The "Pet oak" at Breda is now no. 1, but you can still vote. Yesterday we received a letter from the "Pet oak" - which is threatened to be cut in 2020 - that we place integrally in our blog.  

5. The wind turbine

Fifth blog, February 8, 2019

The windmill is an invention of the Middle Ages. Are we going to solve our 21st-century energy problem with that invention? Let's do some research.

4. The miracle of the tree

The tree is a wonderful creation that enables us to solve the climate change challenge. Where man invented CCS - Carbon Capture and Storage, more on this later -  to capture and dump CO₂ (as mankind is accustomed to do with waste) our nature breaks down the CO₂ molecule and creates 2 useful materials: carbon and oxygen - through a process called photosynthesis.

3. What is CO₂?

Third blog, February 6, 2019

CO₂ is a gas that is just as important for nature as oxygen is for humans. The C atom functions as a building material in every living being, and in the soil it is required for the soil to be fertile (it takes the form of humus).

2. Does climate change really exist?

Second blog, February 5, 2019

The existence of climate change is considered to be real for most people, including scientists and politicians. The COP21 agreements in Paris show that this is the accepted status quo. You probably want to know if I also believe in climate change? In my book The Treesolution I show that climate change has occurred many times in the history of the earth, even when people did not yet exist. Even when fossil fuels were not yet used by mankind.

1. The Treesolution - The current Dutch Climate Agreement can be improved

First blog, February 4, 2019

Dear reader,

This is the first blog in a series of blogs in which I set out my vision on the current Climate Agreement that the Dutch government is trying to secure. The current Dutch Climate Agreement aims to reduce the annual CO₂ emissions of the Netherlands by 49% in 2030, compared to the emissions as they were in 2018.

The government of the Netherlands hopes that this agreement will inspire other countries to follow their example. I think the agreement is not sufficient and needs supportive policies to combat climate change and make a real impact. In my blogs I will describe how we can improve the actions, whilst reducing the cost for Dutch citizens. I hope you find my thoughts original, practical and feasible. Please distribute this message to all your family, friends and acquaintances. Follow our Facebook group 'Green Musketeer', and please share your own views by leaving your comments!

How citizens are being fooled about climate change

The CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere has increased from 280 ppm to 410 ppm since the Industrial Revolution. That is a measurable fact - and there is no denying it. Therefore, the discussion about whether climate change exists or not, is irrelevant. If we make sure that the CO₂ concentration reverts to approximately 280ppm, then the risk of climate change is gone (assuming that CO₂ is the cause of it).

Is Mother Earth doomed?

A few days ago I read an interview in the excellent newspaper The Guardian, with English scientist Mayer Hillman. The pessimism struck me. Here’s one quote: “we’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting the polar ice caps.”(*) You can read the whole interview here.

New Year 2018

Sometimes I have those deep thought moments, especially around Christmas and New Year. It happened to me when a good friend of me sent me a great Ted video about happiness. One way or another, our life goes slower around this period and moments of contemplation get room to enter. Inspired by this video, I was thinking about the happiness in my life. 

Eradicating hunger once and for all by creating sustainable, resilient food production systems

Every day millions of men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. Nearly 800 million people – one in nine – go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Eradicating hunger is one of the great challenges of our time.