1,000 solutions wanted, 1,000 solutions found: the Solar Impulse Foundation founded by Bertrand Piccard searched for 1,000 approaches against climate change.
There’s not just one solution, but 1,000. Four years ago, Bertrand Piccard and his initiative, the Solar Impulse Foundation, started an appeal. They searched for 1,000 technological solutions that could contribute toward reaching climate goals. And this has now been achieved: ‘We’ve achieved our goal of finding 1,000 solutions. These comprise technologies from both small and large companies across the world,’ explains Bertrand Piccard, adding: ‘but our journey isn’t over yet.’
The journey started long before the appeal. Bertrand Piccard has dedicated his life to solving ecological challenges. His mission? He wants to showcase the opportunities that arise from sustainable development. Exploring new horizons to do so is in his DNA. His grandfather, Auguste Piccard, was the first person to fly into the stratosphere in a balloon. His father, Jacques Piccard, researched the deep sea, which saw him diving deeper into the Mariana Trench than anyone had before. He dedicated his work to protecting the oceans and seas. With his pioneering acts, Bertrand Piccard has joined the family tradition. He was the first person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop in a hot air balloon. He also succeeded in being the first person to fly around the world in a solar aircraft. In order to realise this project, he founded the Solar Impulse Foundation in 2003. The round-the-world stages started in 2015, and were successfully completed the following year.
In 2017, the foundation launched the appeal for 1,000 solutions. These should positively influence climate change, and also be viable. Solutions that meet the foundation’s requirements are awarded with a label. Independent experts audit the solutions in order to award the label. The 1,000 solutions that have since been certified come from 67 countries. They contribute to solving ecological challenges in the areas of water, energy, construction, mobility, industry and agriculture. Bertrand Piccard says: ‘We’ve proven that there are numerous solutions that can already sustainably and efficiently shape our world, in a profitable way. Now we have to ensure that governments and companies start to implement technologies suited to their situations.’ A digital database, called a ‘Solution Guide’, is being developed for this purpose. It will offer the opportunity to search for a suitable solution, while also suggesting other solutions at the same time. There are not just 1,000 solutions. There are more. It’s time to use them.