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We are HelpOffset.org and have plans beyond our means. Only your contributors of effort or funds will make the difference! Early small donations will get us started faster with further analysis of the best project site and method to encourage or develop first.

We know how to stop global temperatures rising for a while and can so delay the tipping point – the point when it will no longer be possible to stop the increase in CO2 as much more is released due to heating and thawing of the Permafrost and increasing wildfires and melting snow and ice cover exposing the ground and thus allowing more warming. The tipping point has been forecast recently to be 2030, perhaps 2040, giving us very little time for effective action!

Initially, we have been given an excellent opportunity to capture data from a naturally filling Lake in the desert that often does not fill for 10 years.

We have put together a plan that would gather all the data we need at a cost of $427,000 for the equipment and personnel to capture data on evaporation, heat flux, temperature variation and humidity levels and dew fall and moisture absorption around the lake preferably out to 100 km or 62 miles . However the Lake has only just begun filling and evaporation rates are very high (>2 m per year) so the opportunity will disappear as the lake is only 6 M deep if it is completely full . It may only fill to a couple of meters making the need for speed even greater.

This data will enable us to select the best sites and design the artificial lakes around the world which will be filled with sea water. There are 20 potential sites around the world which we need to evaluate. Most of these are below sea level thus making the pumping of the sea water unnecessary.

Initial calculation indicate that it may take  30000 sq.km of Lake evaporating at a rate of 2 meters per year in Hot Arid desert areas to sop the annual increase of 0.02 degrees C in global warming. However, it make also take the much more expensive area of 150,000 square km and the above research plan is designed to narrow our estimates. At this time we suspect that 150,000 sq km of evaporation lakes would allow us to reverse global warming but only empirical results will provide better modelling data and prove it further.

 These localized projects will involve considerable evaporation cooling locally and this cooling will spread around the world in gradually reduced amounts until the total cooling of 0.2 degrees C is achieved . Dew fall and water moisture absorption plus limited use of desalinated water will enable regenerative farming and greening the desert near the lakes.

Emails can be sent to Info@HelpOffset.org and donations here.

Our not-for-profit foundation accepts tax-deductible donations now as we have applied to the IRS for 501 (c) 3 on March 5th 2019 and your donations are now tax deductible.


Our Team

Ken Lightburn

Founder
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Ken was born in the driest state in the driest continent on earth, South Australia, and the lack of rainfall concerned him (and most South Australians) very early on.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree (hence the initial thermodynamics approach to this problem), an MBA in Corporate Finance and International Business and most especially an interest in a similar project to increase rainfall in South Australia decades ago. Rainfall increases were projected to be only 0.11 inches (2.8 mm) so pursuing it was not worth while.

Recently , in October 2018, he realized that the same project would yield significant cooling to help offset global warming and has set out to prove it first mathematically. This has been done in a preliminary manner, and the model will be expanded and improved.

Additional pertinent experience includes the turnaround and sale of a public listed company in bankruptcy in only 6 months after being given one chance in 50 of selling it as a going concern. We are planning to make salt lakes and he managed a 320 square mile Lake in the North of Australia with a fishing team to reduce and sell the catfish population prior to stocking it with a barramundi ( a highly favored fish in Australia). He also negotiated an agreement with the Western Australian government which was ratified by an Act of Parliament allowing the operation of the 320 square mile (828 square kilometer) Lake as a barramundi (Lates calcarifer) fish farm. 

Sinead Browne

Attorney at Law, USA
Pro Bono
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She has kindly agreed to carry out the setup of the Foundation with a suitable structure at no cost and in addition has agreed to act and is now acting as as our Company Secretary and a Director of the Foundation.

She is an Attorney and Senior Level corporate Secretary, and has now joined J P Morgan having passed the NY bar exam in January after arriving in the USA only in September 2018 . 

She has been a corporate governance specialist with ten years experience mainly in the Investment Funds and banking industries . She is a contributor at Senior Management and Board level with emphasis on implementation and maintenance of government frameworks,processes and procedures for alternative and private equity funds.

Besides her new position at J P Morgan, she has served with a Pro Bono partnership in White Plains New York , as a Freelance Legal Consultant, Head of Legal Corporate Secretariat for TH Real Estate, Inhouse Legal Corporate Secretary and Risk Manager for M & G Investments; Inhouse Legal and Corporate Secretary Aviva Investors–Luxemberg, LU; Corporate Secretarial Administrator-Senior HSBC Securities Services Ltd.

Education

  • LLM in Corporate and Insolvency law-Nottingham Trent University 2018
  • MBA in Business Management Northumbria University Oct 2013
  • MSc in International Business University of Ulster 2013
  • LLB (Hons) in Law Griffith College Dublin-Dublin
  • Postgraduate Diploma Trinity College Dublin-Dublin
  • Bachelor of Business Management Institute of Technology -Dublin 2007

Angela Bisnett

Science Writer
Pro Bono
Angela Bisnett

Science teacher and published writer.

Publications:

Sequence stratigraphy helps to distinguish offshore from
nearshore black shales in the Midcontinent Pennsylvanian succession.
Special Paper of the Geological Society of America. 306. 341-350. 10.1130/0-8137-2306-X.341.

Petrography and geochemistry of Pennsylvanian black shales in offshore
and nearshore stratigraphic settings in Midcontinent and Illinois Basins.
The University of Iowa, Ph.D. dissertation, 469 pages.

Angela Bisnett CV

  • Experienced teacher and geologist with a special interest in research, technical writing and application of data.
  • Strong organizational, instructional, research, and communication skills.
  • Adept at composing scientific papers and creating curriculum materials.
  • Proven ability to work both individually and as a team player in designing curriculum and assessments for Earth Science and Chemistry courses, and in the practical use of data analysis to improve student performance.
  • New York State Permanent Certification: Earth Science, General Science and Chemistry 7-12.

Australian Advisory Board

Dr John White

Executive Chairman, Birdon Group
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Dr John White is Executive Chairman of the Birdon Group; Chairman of Regenerative Australian Farmers; Chairman (elect) of the PundaZoie Company (originator of the Greening the Earth Program) and the former Chairman of Global Renewables which was formed in 2000 to pursue greenhouse gas reduction measures by providing solutions for waste reduction and integrated technologies to develop the UR-3R (Urban Resources – Recovery, Reuse and Recycling) – a process successfully installed at Eastern Creek in Sydney.

In September 2005, Global Renewables was selected to design, build, own and operate the Lancashire Waste Partnership PFI project in the United Kingdom, with revenues of ~$6 billion processing 765,000 tonnes per annum of municipal solid waste over 25 years – the largest waste recycling project in the world.

John had extensive involvement with Woodside’s North West Shelf Offshore LNG Development from 1978, advised the Australian Government to instigate the RAN Submarine Project tender in the early 1980s and headed the teams that successfully tendered for the purchase of the Williamstown Naval Dockyard from the Australian Government; the completion of the Australian Frigate Project (2 FFGs) and the $5 billion ANZAC Frigate Project (10 ANZACs) – through the 1990s. He subsequently carried out the independent review of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Program (with Professor Don Winter) and headed the German proposal for the RAN’s Future Submarines Program (SEA 1000) in 2016.

He has been director of a number of major private and listed companies and Chairman of the Australian Government’s Uranium Industry Framework and a member of the Australian Government’s Defence Procurement Board.

Chris Stoltz

DipCE FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aust) FAIM FAICD
Managing Director, Spatial Partners Pty Ltd

Broad industry experience in engineering, information technology, Geospatial Information Systems, water utilities, agribusiness, manufacturing, not-for-profit, regional development.

Demonstrated capabilities in creating positive change – skills in strategy, financial management, leadership, cost
reduction, business development, media, stakeholder and government relationships.

Extensive experience around Australia and International experience in Malaysia, UK, USA.

Extensive community service including aeromedical service, hospital boards, charities, local government.

 

EDUCATION

  • Bendigo Institute of Technology (now La Trobe University), Civil Engineering 1969 – 1972 (Gold Medal – dux)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors, International Company Director 2010 (Diploma with Order of Merit)

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
2012 – current Managing Director Spatial Partners, Specialist Consulting for NBN Design & Construction

2008 – 2012 Chief Executive Officer we-do-IT, Specialist Geospatial IT Consulting
2005 – 2008 Chief Executive Officer Geospatial Information Technology Association, Professional Membership

2001 – 2002 Chief Executive Officer BoysTown, Social Welfare, Art Union/Lottery, Kids Help Line

2000 – 2001 General Manager Advanced Technology Environment Control, Specialist Consulting

1999 – 2000 General Manager Erskine Group, Conveyor / Equipment Manufacture & Brick Manufacture

1998 – 1999 Business Development Tandou Limited, Large Corporate Irrigated & Dryland Agriculture

1994 – 1997 Chief Executive Officer Sunraysia Rural Water Authority, State Government owned SME

DIRECTORSHIPS/BOARDS
Mayor, City of Bendigo in 1981/82

President, The Bendigo Hospital Board

Board Member The Bendigo Hospital (~ 9 years)

Board Member, Regional Board of LaTrobe University (~ 4 years)

Board Member, Mildura Base Hospital Board (~ 4 years)

Board Member, Sunraysia Area Consultative Committee (~ 3 years)

Chairman, Western Murray Development (~ 3 years)

President, Victoria Section Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (~ 7 years)

Director, Western Operations Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Pty Ltd (~ 3 years)
Councillor, Australian Council Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (~ 3 years)

Chairman, Emeritus Council of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (current)(~ 8 years)

Chair, The Friends of the Australian Flying Doctor (USA) (~ 2 years)

Chairman, United Way Queensland (~ 3 years)
Director, Advanced Technology Environment Control Pty Ltd (current)(~18 years)

Director, we-do-IT Pty Ltd (~ 3 years)

Director, Spatial Partners Pty Ltd (current)(~ 6 years)

President, Engineers Australia, Victoria Division (2016 – 2017) ( 2 years)

Chairman, Engineers Australia, Learned Society Advisory Committee (~ 2 years)

Deputy Chair, Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management (Vic) (~ 3 years)

Member, Australian Construction Achievement Awards Judging Panel (~ 3 years)

Chair, Engineering Industry Course Advisory Committee, La Trobe University (current)(~ 3 years)

Chair, Sacred Heart Mission (current)

MEMBERSHIPS AND INTERESTS
Cycling, wine, politics, travel, gardening, family (Chris and his wife Liz have 6 children).
Flying … Private Pilot’s License (PPL), Night VFR, Command Instrument Rating (IRC-SE)

AWARDS
Engineers Australia 2012 Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year