Brian O’Leary, ex-NASA address to United Nations
Here is a transcript for educational purposes (adapted for hearing impaired) of Dr. Brian O’Leary’s Address to the United Nations on the need to invest in truly clean cheap free energy that would be beneficial for all life on Spaceship Earth, and help us amid the global resources and climate crises. AGN’s transcription is the recognition of leadership, eloquence, and a sense of calling that is above and beyond our current comprehension.
“An Eleventh Hour Appeal for a Truly Sustainable Future”
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Description: Dr. Brian O’Leary talks about the urgent need to bring forward clean breakthrough technologies in order to save the future of mankind
“The Sustainable Technology Solution Revolution: A Universal Appeal”
Address to The Examplar Zero Initiative Launch, United Nations, New York, 10-10-10, Brian O’Leary, PhD, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
“Good Morning! I’m giving this talk as if it were my last. I join the Earth and her abundant but dying life in an eleventh hour appeal to stop the attack on all of us by human greed and aggression.
“Like many of my friends and relatives, I grew up believing in the American Dream. In my first 30 years spanning the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, I believed that if someone had a better idea to benefit humanity and the environment, it would be responsibly researched and implemented with the support of a benevolent government and a corporate system eager to help to improve things for us all. And so as a youth, I jumped at the opportunity to serve as an Eagle Scout, Apollo astronaut, and Cornell professor. I was motivated to contribute my talents to national and global goals only faintly aware of the growing human attack on the environment, how naive I was. After all these years, I realize more than ever that unless we quickly find ways to innovate ourselves out of the mess we have created, the world will continue to be mismanaged to the point of extinction of our own species and many others.
“Energy production continues to be controlled by corporations and motivated solely by profit for their shareholders rather than the Earth. As a result, the Earth is becoming irreversibly polluted by the extraction and burning of dirty resources including oil and coal, while other non-contaminating options remain ignored or suppressed. We ignore innovation at our own risk and peril. I’m now appealing to those of you with the resources to team up with those of us with the knowledge to bring forward common sense, cooperative, ethical, clean breakthrough technologies. Or else our civilization and most of Nature as we know it are doomed.
“Earlier this year, I turned seventy, and my life ever since has been filled with challenge and opportunity, reflecting the condition of our world. In August alone, I lost a sister and suffered a major heart attack that landed me in the hospital intensive care unit. This year I feel initiated into true elderhood with its imminent physical mortality along with a heightened sense of maturity and responsibility. Since 1940, we all have globally increased our energy use five times, our water use four times, our population three times, and have more than half depleted our oil, fresh water, top soil, and wood resources. I think we can all agree we are on a disastrous course unless we change our ways.
“In 2010 alone, we are witnessing Jim Garrison’s climate shock of extreme weather events, the biggest oil spill ever, dying oceans and rainforests, melting ice caps and glaciers, increasing military and security expenditures, and a corrupt financial system, all controlled by corporations and governments, who have yet to demonstrate they really care about the environment! We must change this! I believe technology can change our course dramatically if we can only become a responsible species. 
“Over the past twenty years, I’ve seen numerous demonstrations of concepts of clean breakthrough energy, water purification, and ecosystem restorations that appear to be miraculous, yet are denied and suppressed by our mainstream culture. We’ve been silenced by the tyranny of vested interests. How did we get into this mess in the first place? According to Daniel Quinn, in his historically prescient novel, Ishmael, civilization originated and became corrupted about 10,000 years ago, in what was formerly Mesopotamia, when agriculture was discovered and organizations began to spread, with the seizure of others’ land and the exploitation of their resources. And so began the new culture of the Takers.
“Through his main character, Ishmael, Quinn wrote, quote ‘The disaster occurred 10,000 years ago, when the people of the emerging culture said, ‘We’re as wise as the gods, and can rule the world as well as they.‘ When they took into their own hands the power of life and death over the world, their doom was assured. Takers will never give up their tyranny over the world, no matter how bad things get. They’ve always believed that what they were doing was right, and therefore to be done at any cost whatever. Everyone has to be forced to live like the Takers, because the Takers had the One Right Way’ end quote.
“And thus the indigenous cultures were forced to become believers, as they retreated from Mother Culture. Most of the original cultures have sadly been exterminated by the Taker aggressors. More recently, the oil propelled Industrial Revolution has only exacerbated the aggression. The Industrial Revolution became the Agricultural Revolution on steroids. Only 150 years ago, oil was discovered, marking a second epochal change in human history. The discover of oil has led to great riches of a new industrial civilization, fueled by petroleum, much of which can be found in and within a few hundred kilometers of Kuwait.
“This oil rich land provided the first fertility after the global Ice Age. Ten millennia later, it has become a principal provider of the abundant energy needed to grow our cities and industries into an unimaginably powerful and now world threatening proportions. Through the years, the human hierarchies and empires grew to enormous and unwieldy sizes, and the wealth of the few began to flourish during this past century, in large part from oil drilling and consumption. We now need a Third Revolution: a Sustainable Technology Solution Revolution.
“Now, in the year 2010, we sit poised on the verge of extinction. Or of an unprecedented revolution in innovation and consciousness that could just give us the chance we need for our survival, if this can be ethically, responsibly, and consciously implemented. Call the new revolution whatever you’d like. I often call the coming paradigm-shift a Turquoise Revolution, symbolizing a newly unified and healed Earth, with pure oceans, land, and air. Turquoise combines the best of Gunter Pauli’s nature-friendly Blue Economy, the prospects of breakthrough clean energy, and the Green Thinking of the Deep Ecology Movement. 
“Most of us can agree that the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions have created both great civilizations and great riches alongside great poverty. The inequalities of which contribute immeasurably to the destruction of our precious environment as we know it. We need to undo 10,000 years of tyranny and transform our Taker-dominated culture into a Giver-dominated culture. But where are the Givers? Where can we find those of us who really care about our future? How can the few Takers, with a conscience, transform themselves to Givers?
“The first step in such a process is to let go of our fears and become aware of the magnificent things that are possible. When we do that, we begin to realize that the solutions are so many, yet they seem so elusive. A juggernaut of industrial tyranny is cutting us off from these solutions while the rest of us are going along with the charade, whether it’s our land, water, food, oil, wood, metals, or money, the grab is on. But there’s a missing piece in the puzzle, a disconnect between those who have correctly pointed out our dilemma, and the refusal to acknowledge the true possibilities that lie ahead.
“The missing piece is our wise choice of truly sustainable technologies, free of vested interests and promotional biases that cloud our thinking. Ironically, those of us who should know better, the scientists, environmentalists, and political progressives, academics and media, still join the herd of Takers, and not even acknowledging the possibility that our energy could be clean, cheap, safe, abundant, and decentralized. So we become unwitting allies with the powerful elite, and miss the greatest opportunity we could possibly imagine, to turn around our dilemma.
“In a recent published essay in Infinite Energy magazine, I urged the scientists, environmentalists, and progressives among us to be among the first to embrace the possibility of producing free energy and other breakthrough clean technologies. I consider myself a member of all three communities whose critiques are spot on, but whose solutions are little, and too late. What we so often fail to realize is that what the visionary Buckminster Fuller expressed, quote ‘There’s only one revolution tolerable to all men, all societies, all political systems: Revolution by Design and Invention’ endquote. 
“So far I’ve received little response from my seemingly hypnotized scientific, environmental, and progressive colleagues to my pleas to consider the possibility of an Energy Solution Revolution. Perhaps now, however, as more and more of us become aware of the environmental devastation wrought by BP’s Gulf of Mexico eco-disaster, Pakistan’s floods, and Russia’s fires, we may have reached a tipping point in our efforts to awaken to deeper solutions. There’s a lot of talk about Green Technology solving our climate, and other environmental problems; but what is Green Technology? Is it the Green Revolution of monocultures, wracked by fertilizers and pesticides? Biofuel plantations that destroy our forests, and soil, and take food from the mouths of the hungry? Nuclear power, fossil fuel power, and hydropower plants involving massive grid systems? Even the seemingly renewable, but materials-intensive windmill and solar farms, producing intermittent electricity and hydrogen to fuel our fleets?
“My radical viewpoint is that none of the above measures will prove to be nearly enough to solve our collective dilemma after we factor in the full life-cycle environmental costs of each option. To co-create a truly sustainable future, we’re going to have to design new technologies, especially energy technologies, from the ground up. Fortunately there exists hundreds of proofs of concepts of new energy devices, ranging from energy from the vacuum, zero-point, cold-fusion, special hydrogen and water technologies, and energy from the thermal environment. All these approaches deserve our closest consideration, research, and development.
“But sadly, the powers-that-be have suppressed these initiatives, because free energy threatens the continuing viability of existing energy approaches. Consideration of free energy has been quashed from all discussion either because of disbelief, or fear of disrupting the status quo. But as Bucky Fuller said, quote ‘Status quo is a multi-dimensional tapestry of what has been–and will never be again–and is ipso facto no longer existent’ endquote. Not that we should drop everything we are doing in the near-term to improve efforts towards sustainability. I’m a dedicated advocate of Small-is-Beautiful, and the brilliant work of Gunter Pauli, John Todd, and others in sustainable biosystems that work with, rather than against Nature. 
“Ongoing research and development of some of these bridge innovations will become absolutely essential in the choices we need to make in our future. Whether its an oil, mining, logging, water, agri-business, or pharmaceutical company coming into the Third World, the Amazon, or the Arctic. A missionary or bank incursion into indigenous lands. A gringo coming to the South to become a land developer for short-term profit. The suppression and hijacking of miracle break-throughs (like authentic cures for cancer or research on free energy). Political or financial manipulation of vulnerable nations that have resources. A coup d’etat, assassination, or military attack. The story is always the same. The Takers run the show.
“‘We’ve been hoodwinked,’ says whistle-blower author John Perkins. Most all of us are unaware of how serious the situation has become, and how ignorant we are of new possibilities. The key to understanding the roots of our destructive way is the practice of economics. The dismal science of Thomas Carlyle, the 19th century Scottish economist, has incorporated arbitrary standards that favor the rich and externalize the environmental costs. Under these rules, the BP oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico could be considered an economic success. More jobs, more profits for some, higher GDP, but not accounted for as an environmental catastrophe.
“I am deeply saddened by our unwillingness to halt our predatory environmental destruction. I often feel I need an eco-psychologist to go to, to plumb the depths of my own grief, about what’s happening so quickly to our Planet. I often feel angry, depressed, betrayed, guilty, and fearful about what our species is doing to itself and its surroundings—all because of the bankrupt values of current corporate and political policies. The Industrial Age is crashing down all around us, and no publicly understood strategy for our future presently exists, and that’s the sad thing about it. Most of us don’t even know it’s happening. But just as the Agricultural Age replaced the Neolithic Age, and the Industrial Age replaced the Agricultural Age, another age, perhaps the Age of Wisdom, is urgently required to replace our current Age of Greed, if we are to survive.
“We cannot go on like this, nor allow the eco-cide to continue. It’s time for those of us who are consciously evolving to take a stand on behalf of Life, and say ‘Enough!’ and demand real change and action, not in ten or twenty years, but here and now. Waiting in the wings is a cadre of enlightened practical visionaries ready to move forward with countless clean innovations. We should begin to provide sanctuary for true innovators, so that they can conduct their research and development in peace, and help us co-create a much better world. These unsung pioneers deserve our financial and emotional support.
“A change in consciousness has become absolutely necessary for all this to happen. Our greatest obstacles are social and political, not technical. There are many good ideas out there waiting for their opportunity. It is time for the many to receive the benefits of abundant sources of energy, rather than the few at the expense of the many. It is time to ask how we, as a civilization, can best embrace sustainability, while minimizing disruptions during the transition period. We all need to become educated about what’s possible, and then create teams of passionate eco-scientists and engineers, to fulfill our collective mandate for clean energy, clean water, sustainable agriculture, forestry and oceans that are clean, and the protection of the natural world, and its biodiversity and indigenous peoples.
“‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention,’ you’ve heard that one before. We need new clean technologies to match the boldness of our goals to create a truly sustainable future. We can develop them, if we only give them a chance. I foresee at least the following revolutions of the work being proposed at the launch of initiatives like the Exemplar Zero-Initiative. First, an Energy Solution Revolution; time and again, I’ve seen demonstrations of proofs of concept of numerous breakthrough energy technologies. Any one or some of which if properly developed could solve the energy crisis very soon and eliminate most causes of climate change and pollution.
“These technologies include: 1) Energy from the vacuum; extracted by electromagnetic devices; this is sometimes called Zero-Point, Aetheric, Space, Free, or Over-Unity Energy; 2) Cold Fusion, or low temperature non-radioactive nuclear reactions; 3) Advanced Hydrogen and Water chemistries; and 4) Energy from the Thermal Environment. Yet as a culture we’ve repeatedly rejected this possibility by not supporting the research. In fact, this research has been violently suppressed! The situation is the most bizarre conundrum of our time, as we continue to neglect even thinking about something that could save us from our Collective Folly.
“Consciously or unconsciously, the controlling elite are committing genocide and eco-cide, while the rest of us reject the most potent and effective means of preventing these unpardonable acts. We must now demand research, development, and assessments of the many technologies in order for us to be able to launch a viable program that truly benefits all humanity. Buckminster Fuller, once again, quote ‘People should think things out fresh, and not just accept conventional terms, and conventional way of doing things’ endquote. This new energy program should mirror John Kennedy’s vision to place a man on the moon.
“Where are the John Kennedys of today? Perhaps some of you may feel stirrings in your souls for greatness and bold action that our time requires. Take a moment and imagine a world of free energy. No more extraction and burning of dirty fuels, no more grid systems, vastly reduced air, water, and land pollution, no more murderous trillion-dollar wars for oil. Imagine holding a ten-kilowatt power pack in your hand that could power your home, or transport you to work. Is this an impossible dream? Actually, from what I’ve seen and learned over the many years, this future is highly likely if we only give it a chance.
“Imagine in your daily lives no longer having to pay for an electric, or heating, or cooling bill. Or for filling her up at the local gas station when you want to drive, or if you want to fly somewhere, or ship anything anywhere. Imagine having unlimited safe, fresh drinking water worldwide from the cheap desalination of seawater. Imagine a world without big power plants and huge dams, but rather an elegant decentralized system of distributed power, reducing our cost of living by thirty percent or more. Imagine ending poverty world-wide from this one revolutionary development, free energy, and thus fulfill the United Nations’ millennium development goals.
“Upon becoming aware of free energy late in his life, Bucky Fuller said this, quote ‘I am glad I have lived long enough to see this. It is simply wonderful. I hope and pray that you will live long enough to see the principle upon which this marvelous artifact is based become the new energy source for all the passengers on Spaceship Earth!’ endquote. It’s logical that energy companies earning hundreds of millions of dollars a day would try to maintain their income streams for as long as possible, and wring out every drop of oil before changing course. So it’s up to the most enlightened leaders of nations and companies, as well as the rest of us, to awaken to, and educate others about the possibility of a clean and sustainable future through free energy, and other breakthrough technologies.
“We must compel the largest companies, and countries to make ethical and responsible choices that are no longer predicated on industrial self-interest, but rather in the interest of Life itself. We’re all in this together. Fuller, again, said this, quote ‘We’re not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully, nor for much longer, unless we see it as a whole spaceship, and our fate as common. It has to be everybody, or nobody’ endquote. 
“The second major revolution would be a Water-Solution Revolution. Water is the wondrous substance upon which we each rely for our survival. Sometimes called ‘the oil of the 21st century,’ both quantity and quality of our water are declining rapidly. Instead of keeping water pure to ensure our health and the health of the planet, we have treated our bodies and waterways as toxic dumping grounds. Pure water is the bridge to higher consciousness within and around us. Recent research suggests that we can heal ourselves and planet through the medium of water. Water can be considered actually as an essential Blue Element to our Green Thinking. As hard as it may be for many of us to imagine, much less believe, researchers including the late Rustum Roy, Marcel Vogel, William Tiller, and Masaru Emoto have demonstrated that we can purify and energize water, both inside and outside ourselves, through positive intention, visualization, and the vortex science of Viktor Schauberger and others. 
“The wondrous relationship between consciousness and water suggests that we are far more intimately connected to our world, and to one another, than we have ever dreamt of in the old mechanistic paradigm. This is the world we’ve inherited, the world we can reinherit in a new way, if we can openly discuss what it will take to restore what we have so badly abused. To achieve the immediate goal of sustainability, radical innovations and design using Nature as a template must become our first priority.
“The third revolution I am suggesting, is that we have a Biosphere Solution Revolution. Environmental writer Eugene Linden wrote, quote ‘Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, predicts that during the next three decades, man will drive an average of 100 species to extinction every day. Extinction is a part of evolution, but the present rate is at least 1000 times the pace that has prevailed since pre-history. Even the mass extinctions, 65 million years ago, that killed off the dinosaurs and countless other species did not significantly affect flowering plants, according to Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. But these plant species are disappearing now, and people, not comets or volcanoes, are the angels of destruction. Moreover, the Earth is suffering the decline of entire ecosystems, the nurseries of new life forms. For that reason, Wilson deems this crisis the Death of Earth. British ecologist Norman Myers has called it the greatest single setback to life’s abundance in diversity since the first flickerings of life almost 4 billion years ago’ endquote. 
“Restoration of the biosphere is the third mission critical goal. We will need to leave undeveloped lands alone. Use state of the art methods in restoring damaged ecosystems to their former pristine state, and develop local organic agricultural methods, standards, and certifications that are truly sustainable. We could create an Earth Corps to restore ecosystems and provide jobs to those who lose them as a result of the transition to a new culture. The funding for which could derive from reduced military budgets and from taxes on pollution. And we could employ Colonel Jim Channon’s vision for a First Earth Battalion that uses the Army to restore the land, the Navy to restore the oceans, and the Airforce to restore the air. Why not? 
“The fourth major goal is Ongoing Research and Development Centers. We will need to have cooperative international networks of innovators, and local teams working at protected centers to research, assess, develop, test, and evaluate the long list of sustainable technologies that can replace our toxic manufacturing waste streams. So what if some breakthrough technologies don’t work or turn out to have negative environmental impact? No problem. We just continue researching others. There are literally hundreds of basic ideas and thousands of pathways to achieve success. Again quoting Fuller, quote ‘There is no such thing as a failed experiment; only experiments with unexpected outcomes. I only learn what to do when I have failures’ endquote.
“And that certainly has been my background as a scientist. You don’t even have to believe in free energy to embrace this possibility. That’s what R&D is all about; to invest in many parallel technologies at various stages of development, in an iterative, integrated effort to guide us to the best choices, based on health and environmental friendliness, and not on the immediate profits or promotional biases toward particular systems. Imagine if you will, a decision-making process that places people on the planet first before profits. And ask if a potential project enhances life, and only if the answer to that question is yes, does the project proceed to evaluate the economics. If it harms people or the environment, it is dead in its tracks; contrast that to the normal way of evaluating a project that simply says ‘This will make billions, let’s go!’
“We live with the many negative consequences of not thinking about the consequences. A new life-enhancing design imperative must become the norm. I like Buckminster Fuller’s expanded definition of a designer, quote ‘A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.’ Fuller also said, quote ‘Design science is more than the application of engineering and technology. It is more than a plan or design. Design science means total responsibility and capability for development, production, and distribution of not just a product, but a total service system on a worldwide basis’ endquote. 
“My own experience in the aerospace community has taught me that the first step in any design process is identifying the design requirements. Here, I think most of us can agree that the overriding requirement in any significant design for our future is true sustainability. This initiative will need quality teamwork, as in the Apollo program. In the long run, establishing properly managed R&D and technology assessment centers would lower the risk of prematurely picking technologies that wouldn’t work in the long run. Can we abuse free energy and other breakthroughs, like we have abused so many others, like nuclear energy? Of course we can. But we don’t have to, if we design and implement our systems wisely, and with true sustainability, rather than profit and vested power as our central criteria and focus. 
“Earlier in 2010, seven of us gathered at Montesuenos, the conference bed and breakfast retreat center my wife and I built in Ecuador to help begin the process. Called the Global Innovation Alliance (GIA), we are beginning to focus on integrating truly sustainable technologies. The GIA is an international nonprofit network of likeminded, competent, and visionary inventors inventing, advancing, and integrating sustainable technologies to facilitate independence from oil. We are a global organization seeking truly sustainable, exportable, and scalable solutions at fundamental levels free of vested interests. We seek to develop sanctuaries that would support and protect the R&D of innovative systems that are self-sustaining, in energy, water, waste-management, and agriculture, both near term, and longer term. We are facilitators, integrators, and assessors of misplaced resources, ameliorating existing technologies, and designing solutions that provide a generous return on investment for every passenger on Spaceship Earth. 
“Our mission, as described by Buckminster Fuller, is quote ‘The effective application of the principles of science to the conscious design of our total environment in order to help make the Earth’s finite resources meet the needs of all humanity without disrupting the ecological processes of the planet’ endquote.
“The basket of technologies contained in the Exemplar Zero Initiative represents one beginning of what we need to do. They remind us that many cutting edge innovations the vast majority of us may be unaware of can change the world, very soon. I also envision that once developed these innovations will be joined by many other technologies that can be integrated and become mature, with time, as the R&D process and assessments take place. Here I must bring in a note of caution, however. For over 100 years since the time of Nicola Tesla, free energy and other disruptive technologies have been consistently and sometimes violently suppressed by a system that favors the powerful, who gladly support research on weapons and dirty energy. 
“The brilliant scientist, author, inventor David Yurth put the situation this way, quote ‘The most dangerous of all human undertakings is the practice of science without a conscience’ endquote. Whether its the corrupt patent system; the unfavorable investment attitudes about putting money on the line for perceived, quote ‘risky development’; inventor naivete about how the real world works; the overall ridicule foisted on these initiatives by a skeptical but uninformed scientific community; or the theft or burial of the intellectual property by large corporations or governments beholden to the status quo; history has consistently shown that almost every time a promising but disruptive breakthrough technology has made progress, the effort has been sabotaged. 
“In the case of free energy technologies, the suppression has been complete. So any radical new sustainable technology development will need to have the unanimous, transparent, and cooperative support of new creative partnerships between governments, entrepreneurs, and protected research teams. Again, quoting Fuller, quote ‘When individuals join in a cooperative venture, the power generated far exceeds what they could have accomplished acting individually’ endquote. Likewise any aspiring Bill Gates for free energy will need to have his own control and money agendas filtered out of the planning. Huge growth, profits, and wealth should not be a part of our quest.
“Fuller, once again, said, quote ‘I learned very early and painfully that you have to decide at the outset whether you are trying to make money or make sense, as they are mutually exclusive’ endquote. Truly sustainable technology and development needs to be shared with the world, and yet the intellectual property of the inventor needs to be protected and rewarded. Open-sourcing, government support, and private donations motivated more by altruism than profit will need to be the new standard we should all strive for.
“Say you felt that practical free energy might be possible—and you don’t have to be a believer at the outset—I wasn’t at the outset, myself. Would you support the R&D, would you ignore it, or would you want to suppress it in order to protect your own current interests? Are you ready to let go of the past and join the dedicated evolutionary energy team? Are you ready to become a hero, who might risk wealth and reputation? The choice is yours. And make no mistake: you’ll choose either by your action or inaction. This is your moment of choice. I am happy to see nations committing to socially and environmentally sustainable programs, like the Exemplar Zero Initiative.
“The true purpose of governments should be to protect and enhance the lives of their people and ecosystems, to support buen vivar or ‘good living’ for generations to come. The global economic and political landscape is shifting rapidly into a more multi-polar world as the one remaining superpower, the United States, declines under its own economic weight, and its over-extended military hegemony. There is good news and bad news about this development. On the one hand, nations, regions, and municipalities now have the opportunity to become more sovereign from international corporate and governmental pressures, through sustainable innovation. On the other hand, the temptation to allow multinational corporations to exploit nonrenewable resources for export becomes ever greater as developing countries seek short-term economic gain so they can service debts and enhance infrastructure and social programs.
“This approach is a losing proposition in the long run, its pretty obvious. In a generation, these lands could be spoiled. What happens when our resources and ecosystems are depleted in the wake of such short-sighted thinking? Unfortunately most corporations and governments measure their performance based on quarterly profits and the terms of elected political office, but not on long-term time horizons like the Native Americans planning seven-generations ahead. A prime example of this dynamic is in Ecuador, where I live. The story of Ecuador is a familiar story of numerous countries that have depended on the temporary export of oil, gas, minerals, and lumber, and agricultural products to sustain their economies.
“Chevron Texaco is responsible for leaving behind massive and devastating toxic waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon, resulting in what is the largest environmental lawsuit in world history, with claims of $27 billion dollars in damages for the diseases and wrongful deaths of thousands of people living in the area. The threat to the environment posed by imminent oil drilling in the western Amazon region is extremely serious and widespread, with over one hundred leased oil blocs embracing much of the rainforests of Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, Brazil, and Bolivia. To its credit, the government of Ecuador proposed keeping the oil in the ground, in one oil bloc, in the biodiverse rainforest of Yasuni National Park, if the international community were to match funds in terms of potential lost revenues for keeping the oil in the ground. 
“That’s a good start, but it isn’t enough. Eighty percent of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon are earmarked for oil-drilling and gas-drilling, with associated road-building and deforestation in this most biodiverse, sensitive part of the world. Currently one-third of Ecuador’s revenues come from petroleum exports. Some of us are proposing that these revenues be replaced by income from new energy technologies, sustainable agriculture, medicinal herbs from the rainforest, innovative water treatment and waste-treatment, eco-tourism, health tourism, and the acquisition of conservation land trusts through carbon credits and gifts, so the land is left alone in perpetuity.
“We firmly believe that an open acceptance of innovation has the potential to generate sufficient income so that Ecuador can leave the rainforest and its indigenous peoples alone while creating economic sovereignty for itself. We propose that innovation sanctuaries be established, protected by the government, to allow researchers and entrepreneurs to do the necessary R&D on their technologies, the most promising of which would be implemented.
“The biggest global challenge we face is to co-create, from an altruistic perspective, those sociopolitical and economic systems to foster the needed systemic changes in our governments and corporations. So far, we’ve been falling way short of the mark in all respects. But we’re going to need resources to begin the task. This is an invitation to those of you who feel the call to redirect your abundant resources accumulated from an oil economy to an alternative energy economy and other solutions that are truly clean and sustainable; to put your petrodollars to work, and to make your great grandchildren proud of you. Nelson Mandela said, quote ‘Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great’ endquote.
“Ladies and gentlemen ours is a generation that must be great. Make no mistake, we are in the midst of an evolution of consciousness. We can co-create a planet that works for everyone; we can redirect success from profit and pollution, to true sustainability; we can reactivate Eden, in which our new fertile crescents and restored ecosystems grow and grow, while we give back to the Earth, rather than take from it. Technology can provide elegant answers to our desperate quandary. But the Taker culture has effectively blocked these solutions because of the greed of the few, and the ignorance of the many. And so we find ourselves on a sinking ship. We’ve been denying the best possibilities because of economic self-interest, the fear of the unknown, and a fundamental denial and timidity to embrace bold and new possibilities that await us if only we have a closer look.
“Will we collectively shift the paradigm by introducing clean, breakthrough energy, pure and abundant water, and the best quality of life for all of us? It’s up to each of you to choose to do so fearlessly with love and compassion for all creation. You are the answer to the question. You are the points of conscious evolution. May you choose wisely. I’d like to leave you with a quote from what you can gather is one of my true heroes, Buckminster Fuller, once again, quote ‘If the success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am, and what I do, how would I be? What would I do?’
“Thank you very much for your attention, and the great honor of addressing you.”
Dedicated to the men and women who have worked tirelessly for many years to bring clean and abundant energy to the world and to The Exemplar Zero Initiative that is raising awareness of international leaders to these possibilities.
Directed & Edited by Jeff Hutner
Written by Brian O’Leary
copyright 2010 Brian O’Leary
Reference and resource notes:
1. James L. Garrison, Purdue University
2. Daniel Quinn, Ishmael.org
3. Brian O’Leary, The Energy Solution Revolution
4. Gunter Pauli, gunterpauli.com/the-blue-economy.html; deepgreenresistance.org/en/
5. Richard Buckminster Fuller, Inventor, author, lecturer; infinite-energy.com
6. John Todd, Bioneers.org
7. Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist once commented on Thomas Robert Malthus, English economist, Malthusian growth model as ‘dismal’; and it is the latter whose population theory endures and is probably referred to
8. Zero Emissions Research and Initiative (ZERI), wikipedia.org
9. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller
10. Rustum Roy, greenfieldwater.com/dr-rustum-roy-lectures-on-useful-water-science/
11. Eugene Linden, eugenelinden.com
12. Jim Channon, NewEarthArmy.com
13. Buckminster Fuller, buckminsterfuller.net
14. Brian O’Leary, Project Camelot, Vilcabamba, Ecuador, January 2009, Published May 27, 2020, youtu.be/TCf8EVWHnbA
15. Calvin Yang, Straitstimes.com/business/funds-to-spur-innovation-groom-leaders, Feb 21, 2017; original co-founders of GIA @ https://tinyurl.com/y2lumch8
16. Brian O’Leary – Reinheriting the Earth, Doctorado Ulasalle, University de la Salle Costa Rica, youtu.be/QDhRxWmn9i0
17. David Yurth, youtube.com/user/shurikvt, new-energy-declaration.net
18. Yasuni-ITT Initiative, Indigenous people in Ecuador, Wikipedia.org
Transcript and notes researched and prepared by AGN