Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Partners,
Oceanit is excited to introduce EDGE, our initiative for energy transformation, decarbonization, and the environment that addresses Climate Change and its impact on humans, society, and the planet. The climate crisis is the defining issue of our era. We are all very concerned about the devastating environmental toll that has been exacted around the globe, by both developed and emerging nations, in pursuit of energy. Nevertheless, we firmly believe that with the determination to marshal science, technology, and engineering — as well as a willingness to discover, explore, and deploy disruptive innovations — we can make a difference and leave the world on a better course for the future.
The modern world we all enjoy runs on energy – and most of what we do each day requires energy. Wars are fought over energy, as chronicled in Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power. The realization that our methods and use of energy, largely reliant on petroleum since 1859, are harming our planet calls us to action. This enormous challenge creates a vast opportunity to influence how humanity will evolve the way we produce, consume, and manage energy. This is a global issue of local consequence that demands an upheaval of modern norms, a transformation on par with the industrial revolution or the propagation of the electrical power grid in the last centuries.
In the 1970s, I was introduced to a book called The Limits to Growth – A Report for THE CLUB OF ROME’S Project on the Predicament of Mankind, by Donella Meadows, et. al. The book forecasted global calamity as the world’s population growth outstripped global resources and lurched forward toward starvation and economic collapse. This did not happen: science and technology prevailed to change the calculus and outcomes of those dire predictions.
Then in 2006, US Vice President Al Gore articulated the threat of full-scale, global climate calamity in An Inconvenient Truth – The Crisis of Global Warming. I believe fundamental science can work to change the calculus once again, so that we may fulfill climate commitments and limit the rise of global temperatures. Our collective and ongoing response has come to be referred to as the ‘global energy transformation’.
I believe we can achieve energy transformation through imagination — better ideas on energy; disruptive ideas, from beyond left field, that cover a vast array of issues like efficiency, renewables, carbon sequestration, and more. the world needs a future with clean energy, sustainable food and agriculture, sustainable transportation, waste and materials recycling, and resilient ecosystems. EDGE encompasses these ideas, programs, projects, and products that Oceanit will deliver to address climate change and decarbonization.
Disruptive innovation is where Oceanit is at its best; it’s our zone — solving important and impossible problems. With EDGE and our approach to disruptive innovation, Intellectual Anarchy, we will contribute to solving this era’s most critical challenge — energy transformation and decarbonization for our planet.
Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan
Oceanit CEO & Founder