Vision and Mission for the Goes Foundation team
All life on Earth depends upon healthy Oceans
Our Vision Statement
We are too late to stop climate change with carbon mitigation. Even if we became carbon neutral tomorrow, atmospheric carbon dioxide will pass 500ppm and oceanic pH will drop below pH 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 life support system for the planet that actually regulates the climate.
GOES have identified the root cause is not carbon dioxide, but toxic forever chemicals that have oil like lipophilic properties that get adsorbed onto plastic particles and partially combusted carbon from the burning of fossil fuels.
Plankton are the true lungs of the planet and our life support system. Plankton also produce the Surface Micro Layer SML that regulates water evaporation which accounts for 70% of climate disruption.
We now understand the problem, and with that understanding we have the vision to see the solutions.
Coral reefs are dying all over the world, 50% of the Great Barrier reef is dead, and the remainder is under serious stress. 90% of the coral in the Caribbean is dead along with most of the fish. The fish breading grounds in Mangrove swamps are polluted by Sargassum carrying Arsenic and Heavy metals.
More than 25% of all fish and marine life depend upon coral, mangroves and wetlands as a nursery ground. More than 50% around the world are dead, in 25 years that will be 95%. This is not climate change, its pollution. We might be carbon neutral but humanity is finished without marine life, we can not survive, or at least 90% of us will not survive.
Why do we just have 25 years before the oceans are destroyed. Oceanic pH was 8.2, during 1940's, its now 8.03. Carbonate such as magnesium calcite and aragonite start to dissolve at pH 8.04 and in 25 years (data from IPCC) it will be 7.95 and most carbonate based marine life including coral reefs are gone.. We have already passed the tipping point, in 25 years +/- 5 years we are at the end point
We will lose the oceans in 25 years unless we are successful in our mission
Governments and industry consider pollution of our atmosphere, soil, freshwater and oceans to be a cost with no benefits to shareholders. Water companies consider the Solution to Pollution is Dilution in the Oceans, because how can you pollute something as vast as the world's oceans.
Well the solution to pollution is not dilution because some chemicals just don't dissolve in water but get concentrated onto particles such as plastic and carbon from the burning of fossil fuels. The particles become loaded with these toxic chemicals. Plankton eat the particles and then they die, and when more than 90% of them are gone over the next 25 years, then we die.
So what's the solution ?
We need to stop pollution from all its sources in order to protect Nature and to allow Nature to regenerate.
The Mission of GOES is to stop pollution from water entering the world's Oceans, and to provide appropriate solutions.
More than 80% of the world has no wastewater treatment. In Europe, North America and other high income countries, the wastewater is biologically treated, but there is no tertiary treatment to remove microplastics and toxic for ever chemicals. Then the sludge is dumped on farm land or landfill sites, so effectively there is no treatment, just diffuse pollution.
Give that 80% of the world's pollution is from rural communities this is where we are focussing with GOES, and the implementation of our EDEN CYCLE system to treat wastewater coupled with the CAFE filter for final treatment of the waste water and the provision of drinking water.
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 SOS.
Climate change will be bad but we will survive, we will not survive the loss of marine life from the oceans.
Life on earth depends upon healthy Oceans, we have 10 years to stop toxic chemical pollution, or life on earth may become impossibleDr. Howard Dryden, CSO
Roslin Innovation Centre
The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus
Midlothian EH25 9RG