If you haven't heard about the Virgin Earth Challenge yet, announced two weeks ago (2/9/07), by Sir Richard Branson, now's your chance to get in on the action, find a way to save the world and win millions in the process.
The challenge: to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of lethal carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere every year for 10 years without further harming the earth. The winner (individual or group) will make history, earn $25 million and have the pure satisfaction of making the world greener place to live. $5 million of the prize money will be paid at the start of removal operations and the remaining $20 million will be paid at the end of the 10 years.
The challenge will be judged by: billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, former US Vice-President Al Gore, British Diplomat Crispin Tickell, as well as climate specialists James Lovelock, Jim Hansen and Australian environmentalist Tim Flannery. The panel of judges will also be assisted by The Climate Group and Special Advisor to The Virgin Earth Prize Judges, Steve Howard.
The deadline: the challenge will initially be open for 5 years. At the end of the 5 years if no one has won, the judges will decide if they want to extend the challenge for another few years.
If you're thinking this is an impossible mission you're not alone, The judges are aware of the possibility no one will ever win the challenge, but in an attempt to slow down - perhaps stop what they believe causes global warming, Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore want to at least try and hopefully inspire someone to come up with a solution. They have the money; all you need is the brains to make it happen. See More on Green Challenge Here
Can it be done? What do you think? About the challenge? About global warming?