Vision and Mission for the Goes Foundation team
All life on Earth depends upon healthy Oceans
Our Vision Statement
We are too late to halt climate change through carbon reduction. Even if we achieved carbon neutrality tomorrow, atmospheric CO2 levels will exceed 500ppm, oceanic pH will fall below 7.95, and most life in the oceans will simply dissolve over the next 25 years, along with the food supply for 3 billion people. We will have uncontrollable climate change because we will have lost the planet's life support system, which regulates the climate.
The root cause, according to GOES, is not carbon dioxide, but toxic forever chemicals with oil-like lipophilic properties that are adsorbed onto plastic particles and partially combusted carbon from the combustion of fossil fuels.
Plankton are the planet's true lungs and our life support system. Plankton also produce the Surface Micro Layer SML, which regulates water evaporation and is responsible for 70% of climate change.
We now understand the problem, and with that understanding, we can see solutions.
Coral reefs are dying all over the world; 50% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead, and the rest is severely stressed. 90% of the coral in the Caribbean has died, as have the majority of the fish. Sargassum, which contains arsenic and heavy metals, pollutes the fish breeding grounds in mangrove swamps.
Coral, mangroves, and wetlands provide a nursery ground for more than 25% of all fish and marine life. More than half of the world's population is dead; in 25 years, that figure will rise to 95%. It is pollution, not climate change. We may be carbon neutral, but without marine life, humanity cannot survive, or at least 90% of us will perish.
Why only have we got 25 years before the oceans are destroyed? The oceanic pH was 8.2 in the 1940s and is now 8.03. Carbonates like magnesium calcite and aragonite begin to dissolve at pH 8.04, and in 25 years (according to IPCC data), it will be 7.95, and most carbonate-based marine life, including coral reefs, will be extinct. We have already passed the tipping point; we will reach the end point in 25 years +/- 5 years.
We will lose the oceans in 25 years unless we are successful in our mission
Pollution of our atmosphere, soil, freshwater, and oceans is viewed as a cost by governments and industry, with no benefit to shareholders. Water companies believe that dilution in the oceans is the solution to pollution because how can you pollute something as vast as the world's oceans?
Pollution cannot be solved through dilution because some chemicals do not dissolve in water but instead become concentrated on particles such as plastic and carbon from the combustion of fossil fuels. These toxic chemicals accumulate in the particles. Plankton consume the particles and then die, and when more than 90% of them are gone in the next 25 years, we will perish.
So, what's the answer?
To protect Nature and allow it to regenerate, we must eliminate pollution at all levels.
GOES' mission is to prevent pollution from entering the world's oceans and to provide appropriate solutions.
More than 80% of the world's population does not have access to wastewater treatment. Water is biologically treated in Europe, North America, and other high-income countries, but there is no tertiary treatment to remove microplastics and toxic chemicals. The sludge is then dumped on farmland or landfill sites, resulting in no treatment and only diffuse pollution.
Given that rural communities account for 80% of global pollution, this is where we are focusing our efforts with GOES and the implementation of our EDEN CYCLE wastewater treatment system in conjunction with the CAFE filter for final waste water treatment and drinking water provision.
All of the technology is OPEN Source; it's not about GOES making money; it's about providing a solution that has the potential to save our souls on the verge of perdition.
We will survive climate change, but we will not survive the loss of marine life from the oceans.