Douglas A Webster
Co-founder of Champlain Maker Faire and Burlington Generator Makerspace, Douglas has promoted making, innovation, and startup development across the region including helping communities establish a maker mindset, exhibits and creation of maker spaces and places. Douglas has been an amateur meteorologist for 48 years, studying the weather, campus and radio meteorologist, and has written about climate change and renewable energy justification. Douglas is an aerospace engineer and state coordinator of career and technical education and has hope that working together can impact the levels of carbon toward a carbon neutral world.
My first RAD climate action is to teach Earth Systems Analysis both nationally and Internationally. The Earth Systems of Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Geosphere, Biosphere, Cryosphere, Human-sphere and the solar system mechanics all interact to impact the Earth’s climate. Working the United States Earth Science Organization and The International Earth Science Olympiad I teach students from over 43 countries how to view their impact using an Earth Systems approach. Earth Systems Education is the answer. Please visit USESO.org
My second RAD action is to develop and implement RADical technologies for the world's lowest income 500 million people. I have spent the last five years working with Hatitan partners to develop low cost Hurricane and Earthquake resistant housing. The next part of my journey will take me to Puerto Rico to expand that work.
I believe that with both education, and the hard work of self reflection, we can develop a sustainable relation between humanity and the Earth Systems we all depend upon. Please Visit the Vermont Haiti Project H.I.D.S.http://www.vermonthaitiproject.org/hids.html
What are your RAD goals and actions?
Lori has trained women in construction in Nicaragua (http://www.mujeresconstructoras.org/); worked with the Secoya-an indigenous people protecting the Amazon from accepting trinkets and beads for oil development; in a clean water/aquaculture project that developed into https://centrolianas.com/. Worked in community development and sustainable hydroelectric development using the principles developed for sustainable hydropower https://www.hydrosustainability.org/in Lesotho. In the US, she recently received a patent for the GoHydro system which focuses on modular production to make the development of low-head hydro (7-40 ft of head) sites affordable by reducing soft costs and civil works. With a flexible design that works for a large range of conditions (flows 20-100 cfs, etc.). Norway gets over 90% of its power from hydro. Tiny Sweden has about 2,000 hydro sites (same number as the US). The US has over 75,000 unpowered dams that could use a modular hydro system https://hydrosource.ornl.gov/hydropower-potential/non-powered-dam-resource-assessment
Champlain Maker Faire has been involved with sustainability projects through it's Adopt a Maker and Scrounge-a-thon programs. CMF also initiated makerspaces and maker-mindset in libraries, schools, museums and communities across the region. RAD is a continuation of this work and holds much promise in helping to reduce carbon, adapt to existing levels of carbon and it's impact, and to create new ways to accelerate drawdown of atmospheric carbon.
We are currently working on a mission, strategies, and ways to promote and engage the public in RAD activities. When it comes to climate management, RAD is where its at. We must reduce, adapt to and drawdown carbon to ensure food, water, and energy security. Please send any suggestions you have for us all to advance and accelerate RAD in your world and beyond.
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RAD Projects for Students
Are you interested in taking on a project that addresses RAD?
We are in the planning stages to determine how we can best help going RAD. We'd like to adopt, adapt and promote existing work, and can develop when solutions are not available. Take a look at these ideas and let us know what you think: