Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal
If the EU and the UN decides to pull together a small working group focused upon simply creating a proposal for submission to the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, reaching the finals in the competition would probably have a high probability of success. If that happens, many EU and UN refugee/migration and marine environmental issues can gain significant media attention along with the Hyperloop One effort...if not see it actually happen!
This MIT Climate CoLab proposal outlines how hyperloop technology can help address transport, refugee/migration and environmental mitigation and adaptation needs in one collaborative effort and provides a template for a letter interested reader can send to the UN and the EU.
Category of the action
Mitigation/Adaptation, Changing public attitudes about climate change
What actions do you propose?
The above illustrations show but 3 of many large scale marine habitat and marine biomass production concepts. To date, the primary concern with such concepts has been the transport costs/time out to offshore systems as well as being able to assure the safety of a relatively large marine based human population. Marine hyperloops makes both concerns moot as time and cost of transport to offshore infrastructure is minimal and the onboard human population can be quickly evacuated to shore in the event of the emergence of a large storm.
This proposal suggests that this new form of transportation be coupled to both the current humanitarian needs in the Mediterranean area and the need for large scale climate change mitigation and adaption efforts. To this end, the below email has been sent to a few key UN/EU executives:
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Hyperloop One Global Challenge has opened for proposal submissions and there is a potential, within this challenge, to help address both the current EU/UN refugee/migration issues. Further, this also can significantly address the need for environmental mitigation and adaptation relative to the Mediterranean Sea itself as well as provide an overall economic stimulation for the region which a large hyperloop infrastructure will provide. The Hyperloop One team is seeking to:
"[...] collaborate with applicants who most powerfully make the case for how Hyperloop would not only transform passenger and cargo transport in their locations, but also how that Hyperloop transformation will drive economic growth, generate opportunities for development, and create radically new opportunities for people to live anywhere, work anywhere and be anywhere."
Beyond the core issue of transportation, this marine hyperloop corridor and infrastructure can provide an important interface with:
a) above surface offshore secure and safe refugee/migrant staging and vetting accommodations
b) large scale and profitable advanced mariculture operations
c) large scale renewable energy production means and methods
d) large scale marine CO2 removal services
e) marine mammal protection zones
f) large scale spawning areas to support local fishery recovery from overfishing
g) enhanced ecotourism within the region
h) saltwater desalination
i) high volume grid energy storage
(The above list is not exhaustive)
In brief, the profits from the large scale advanced mariculture operations and expanded ecotourism can help financially support a number of high priority EU, UN, and regional environmental issues.The marine hyperloop technology, in essence, provides for a quick, timely and low cost offshore transport and thus much of the safety concerns of offshore habitation and work are eliminated.
The above is an effort at Systems of Systems thinking and thus is not a simplistic proposal. However, it does have a strong logic based largely on the fact that all technical aspects are well known. Profits from the marine biomass mariculture operations can be impressive and thus provides investors (beyond the Hyperloop One group) a sound reason to support the effort.
In general, why should we develop the Mediterranean Sea (or any other sea/ocean) whether for hyperloop transportation or even refugee management?
I have contacted you concerning this opportunity in hopes of gaining your interest in producing a EU/UN collaborative proposal to be submitted to the Hyperloop One Global Challenge as I see this opportunity as a once in a generation nexus of diverse public and investor interests, political policy priorities and technological development coming together in a powerful and highly synergistic way.
It is my strong belief that coupling both the EU refugee management and marine (global) environmental mitigation and adaptation concerns to this historic development in transportation is an important goal that can easily attract many stakeholders and thus political and market support.
This new paradigm can actually happen in the near future!
Please give this request serious thought and pass this idea and file along as broadly as possible as this proposal does need the greatest and swiftest support.
(end of email)
Who will take these actions?
Gaining support for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge: Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal is the primary focus of this proposal and thus the primary actors are those who read this proposal and send it on to their political/policy leaders and vote for this proposal!
Where will these actions be taken?
The Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal is obviously focused upon the Mediterranean Sea. Yet this combination of technology and functions can be put to use around the globe.
What are other key benefits?
1) The reduction of the hardships suffered by refugees and migrants is a long term investment on multiple levels. Radical fundamentalism finds many recruits in refugee camps (why not become a suicide bomber if you actually have nothing to live for...not even further education or the simplest job?)
2) If this Colab proposal succeeds, it may be sent on to the upcoming UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, for near term support.
"The Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to start effectively delivering on its mandates to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda's implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues."
The above list is not exhaustive.
What are the proposal’s costs?
The cost of the hyperloop infrastructure and operation is carried by the hyperloop investors while the cost of the marine biomass production and refuge/migrant care and housing would be carried a distinctly different organization. This non-hyperloop organization should be organized as a Social Benefit corporation as a B corp best describes what the organization does. It will make profits for the investor while providing an important list of social benefits. Raising $500M would be a good starting point for the B corp.
Below is a short list of related mitigation/adaptation and refugee supportive organizations. These, and many more, may have some interest in provideing the startup funding for the B corp startup.
"Under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), emission-reduction projects in developing countries can earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits. These credits can be traded and sold by industrialized countries to meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol. Financing for the Adaptation Fund comes mainly from sales of certified emission reductions. The share of proceeds amounts to 2 percent of the value of CERs issued each year for CDM projects."
The above list is far from exhaustive and more funding paths can be found Here.
The Hyperloop One Global Challange closes Sept. 16th 2016. This MIT Colab proposal is integral to the Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal effort as both are an important opportunity to maximize the publicity for such a comprehensive approach to climate change mitigation/adaptation issues, refuge/migrant issues and this new form of transportation.
The above list is not exhaustive.