29th February 2008
you up to it!
Can Singapore rise to the challenge asks British Social Entrepreneur?
British social entrepreneur, Robert Lee, has set a challenge to the
Singaporean people in an attempt to seriously tackle climate change
through ordinary people.
Supported by the international pop superstar Madonna as Patron, two
remarkable global humanitarian schemes to beat climate change and fuel
poverty have been set up. UK 8020, a not for profit organisation is
funding the Climate Change Challenge™ (www.ClimateChangeChallenge.org).
There were no second thoughts for a decisive Madonna when it came to
supporting Robert Lee the founder of UK 8020 and putting her name to
these life-changing events - and with good reason. When it comes to fuel
poverty millions of people especially senior citizens around the world
cannot afford the ever increasing fuel prices.
Now, at last, it seems that someone is prepared to 'throw down the
gauntlet' and challenge the population-at-large to help. A £100,000
prize (US $200,000) and a place in the history books, up there with the
likes of Edison, are up for grabs for the first person to invent a
renewable energy generator (REG) that will provide 90% of domestic
electricity needs for free. (Britain uses fuel on heating homes whereas
as the opposite applies in Singapore, fuel is used for cooling). As part
of the rules, the target retail price for the unit with installation has
been set at £500 - currently the average cost of 4 months energy. It is
hoped that such an invention will retail for S$ 500 or US $500 in USA.
As well as being patron to the Climate Change Challenge, Madonna also
supports UK 8020’s other humanitarian initiative, Pledge4REG (TM).
Linking directly to the Climate Change Challenge, Pledge4REG addresses
the millions of people in the fuel poverty bracket around the world.
Pledge4REG will make a significant contribution to eradicating the
problem of fuel affordability that exists in supposedly civilised
countries. Pledge4REG works simply by inviting people to pledge their
support through the website at www.Pledge4REG.org for the invention and
gauges whether they would be interested in such an invention. UK 8020 is
also encouraging people to pledge support to buy one when it retails
either for their parents, an elderly relative, a social acquaintance, or
anyone who may benefit from a helping.
Robert Lee, founder of UK 8020, says: "Most of us know someone who
hasn't been able to afford their fuel. Our scheme is all about
empowering people through incentives, not taxes. It gives the ordinary
person the chance to make a difference by being responsible for their
own energy needs and, simultaneously, helps rebuild caring communities.
The challenge is open to everyone regardless of race, creed and
political or financial standing, so it's a classic case of 'Power to the
People' in every sense."
Another avid supporter is Trevor Baylis, OBE, the world famous inventor
of the wind-up radio. He says: "This is a call for all inventors to
start applying their minds to the challenge of developing a renewable
energy generator. If you can solve a problem, you are on your way to
becoming an inventor.”
"For example, the simple addition of a wind-up mechanism to a radio
allowed vital information to be broadcast to areas affected by natural
disasters, epidemics and war. Who would have thought that wind-up
technology, which has been with us for hundreds of years, would prove to
be such an effective tool for the improvement of peoples' lives?"
He adds: "My invention saved lives - but it took years to convince
its capabilities. Now the Climate Change Challenge has challenged
everyone to find a similar idea - one which provides a basic need but
will profoundly affect the lives of ordinary people, as mine did. An
inexpensive way of generating energy could improve the lives of millions
in developed and under developed countries across the globe”
But the real humanitarian focus is clearly described by Robert Lee,
founder of UK 8020. He says: "Most of us know someone who hasn't been
able to afford their fuel. Our scheme is all about empowering people
through incentives, not taxes. It gives the ordinary person the chance
to make a difference by being responsible for their own energy needs
and, simultaneously, helps rebuild caring communities. The challenge is
open to everyone regardless of race, creed and political or financial
standing, so it's a classic case of 'Power to the People' in every
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