The Climate Change Solution by Andrew K Fletcher 2012 House of Commons

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OPERATION OASIS Andrew K Fletcher – Originator, Operation
OASIS We are turning Our Planet Earth into a giant desert!
The time for talking is gone! We need to act now if we are to avert catastrophic Climate
Change! Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory
We have farmed the land and failed! Food and fuel prices are out of control, crops are
failing and fossil fuels are being exhausted.- Are drought and famine acceptable failures?
Deserts are expanding! People are forced to abandon their land. Pollution is the consequence
of our consume-and-dump-mentality. Flash floods and forest fires are becoming
all too familiar as uneven distribution of rainfall wreaks havoc. Erosion of top soil
spills into rivers and pours into the ocean along with
wastewater from our toilets. If business as usual remains unchecked our very survival
is threatened and we are destined to go the way
of the dinosaurs!
Ethiopia Somalia Droughts Why did the rains fail?
As the originator of Operation OASIS and a dedicated environmental engineer, I would
like you to understand that we have the capacity to change our direction. But first, I need
you to  understand why the rains failed again in Ethiopia and Somalia.
When forests and vegetation is stripped from the coastlines of a continent clouds are prohibited
from crossing onto the land due to heated air or thermals, rising from the
exposed hot arid desert sands.
Operation OASIS The Key to Unlocking the huge potential of
deserts is to manage water and soil sustainably until coastal trees and vegetation induce
The problem is that deserts are devoid of renewable water and aquifers are salty and
depleted. We must connect the worlds arid coastlines
with the wastewater we discharge into our oceans and rivers, to transform them into
productive rainforests and agroforestry Using the shipping supply chain which ships around
5 billion tonnes of sea water as ballast each year
Operation OASIS is an economical, sustainable solution that recycles wastewater from our
sewage to reforest and restore arid coastal soils
To restore arid lands we will need an endless supply of billions of tonnes of salt free
water and organic matter to build soil structure so that it has the capacity to retain water.
Sewage and wastewater has all of the components required to succeed Developed and developing
countries are all guilty of pouring billions of tonnes of treated and raw sewage
into the oceans and rivers every single day. We eat the fish that lives in it and we frequently
bath in someone else’s end products so why not clean up the coastlines and restore the
deserts instead?
Pipeline: Super Tankers are set to become the Environment’s Allies
A Super tanker has to take on ballast water in order to return back to a desert port.
Discharging sea water ballast has introduced invasive marine species which have devastated
fish stocks. Ballast Sterilization plant is set to add $billions to the cost of fuel and
there is no guarantee that it will be effective. It is akin to closing the stable door when
the horse has already bolted
The OASIS pipeline is already in place! Super crude oil tankers transport around 100,000
tonnes of sea water back to desert coastal waters and discharge it into the sea! This
waste of fuel and resources is ludicrous!
Substitute the sea water for treated waste water and we can feed the starving millions
by enabling them to grow their own food while they help to convert the arid lands into lush
fertile tropical rainforests.
Tankers Frequently Visit Torbay 6 were counted on the day that this photograph was taken
in 2011
With Treated waste water irrigating deserts we will sustain forestry and agriculture without 
making any significant changes to routine trading practices. We therefore eliminate
the pollution from the coast of the donor countries and the ballast pollution at the
coast of the recipient countries.
This feasible and sustainable approach has the potential to arrest climate change when
scaled up.
We have seen what happens when we get it wrong
We seldom see what happens when we get it right with desert reclamation projects.
Gunter Pauli, Darwin, Willi Schmidt, Harry Hart and many others have observed increased
rainfall following reforestation. Gunter reported a 10% increase in rainfall after land was
reforested in Columbia.
He stated that investing in this land was more financially rewarding than investing
the same money in Microsoft from the Onset. The Ascension Island example from Dr Wilkinson
is difficult to ignore. So why is it so difficult to be heard?
Thermal Barrier and Coastal air currents. During the daytime exposed land heats up rapidly.
The hot air rises and cool air blows in from the ocean. At night the opposite occurs. The
wind direction reverses and blows offshore as the warm ocean air rises and cooler
air from the land is drawn towards the ocean.
Arid coastlines heat up rapidly in the day. Thermals rise high into the atmosphere forming
an effective barrier against incoming clouds and moisture. Fog rolls around the coast but
cannot cross onto the land during the hot daytime.
Clouds roll along arid coastlines and release precipitation over densely vegetated areas.
We are seeing more flash floods as a result of uneven rainfall distribution.
Logically, if less rain is falling in one region, more rain must fall in another.
Introduction to Thermal Barrier Fog hugging the coast of Mexico
I have filmed the Thermal Barrier in Paignton. A Narrow strip of trees as wide as a dual
carriageway running perpendicular to the coast on a hot day is sufficient to draw in the
fog bank stuck on the coastline during the summer.
The heated concrete coastal road and treeless areas prevent the fog from crossing over at
any other point. One side of the hot concrete coastal road is bright sunshine, the other
side is engulfed by dense fog. In Mexico and many other desert regions it is common for
banks of fog to remain over the sea and hugging the coastline.
What would happen if the thermal barrier was moved inland by planting coastal forests?
Not Rocket Science is it?
Fog in the Namib desert frequents the coast but cannot move inland
We have been using nets to catch coastal fog for thousands of years mimicking the action
of trees. Today fog nets are used in many regions where water is scarce.
If fog nets were used to surround land irrigated with waste water, they would provide a workforce
and animals with perfectly safe potable water by recycling the evaporated waste water.
The Hadley Cell (Air currents in Africa)  Hot dry air circulates from the coast to
the equator  Rainfall is deposited in the densely vegetated
land  Applying irrigation at the north coast will
feed the Hadley Cell to increase rainfall in sub Saharan countries
The Hadley Cell circulates air from the north and south coasts to the equator, relieving
all precipitation over the central African Green Belt. The air that moves over the desert
is dry but it could be wet. If we introduce billions of tonnes of treated waste water
to the coastline of North Africa The clouds we create, together with the incoming
moisture from the sea drawn in by trees and moist soils, will be pulled into the Hadley
Cell and migrate towards the Sub Saharan regions, shielding the sun from the land as they travel
on this atmospheric conveyor belt cooling the climate and blotting out the sun.
A Pocket Full Of Acorns  Where do we get the trees from?
 Where do we get the labour from?  How do we get the land to plant the trees?
This simple project was conceived to demonstrate the economy of scale when planting trees by
mobilizing and motivating people to obtain permission to transform unproductive land
into biodiversity rich woodlands, through all media outlets. The objectives of the project
were to show how large scale reforestation can be achieved on a very small budget by
engaging people on a volunteer basis to gather native tree seeds and saplings to plant directly
into the soil on permitted land or to germinate seeds and grow them in containers at home
until permission is obtained.
Involving the people and communities in any country is essential for successful land restoration
projects because once the public have been engaged in planting trees and observed the 
results from their labour, they inevitably become guardians for the new woodlands and
forests and regularly visit the reclaimed land.
Kennels Road Paignton Planting 1994
The Kennels Road planting took place in 1994 Permission to use the Pocket Full Of Acorns
approach was granted following huge media coverage and all was achieved on a shoestring
Kennels Rd Paignton Today 2011 Cost: £0.00
This Is the same stretch of road today
Cockington 5 acre Planting 1994
In Cockington we now have a rich biodiverse 5 acre woodland thanks to Dominic Ackland
at Devon Coast and Woodland Trust. This soil was full of stones and very difficult to dig
so was turned over to nature.
A Pocket Full Of Acorns helped to restore this land.
The very young, together with the very old came armed with spades, saplings and seeds
following a call in the local newspapers. Today this woodland is 15 feet tall and teaming
with life.
Cockington Planting Today 2011
The trees planted for free now dwarf the gates of the same barren unproductive land. The
rich diverse soil has fungi, and trees have self seeded .
We are planning to use this approach to stabilise the coastline of East Anglia, where properties
and farmland are falling into the sea at an alarming rate.
The Governments plan is to let nature take its course and sacrifice communities. Properties
in this region can be purchased for a £1.00
 We are also talking to Spain’s Government to Implement a Pilot Demonstration in Spain's
Arid Coastline.
Slide 17 The new woodland soil is now rich with leaf litter and humus. The unproductive
stony farmland is just a memory
The barren farmland where topsoil was washed away is now full of rich organic humus from
broadleaf deciduous trees. Insect, bird and animal droppings have triggered
natural soil restoration and seed dispersal. With a little help, nature can restore the
destruction that we have caused without humans having to perish before it happens. My question
to everyone in this room today is when can we make this happen?
How Much Time Is Left? NASA Image