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This proposal was forked from Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits in the contest Shifting Behavior for a Changing Climate 2016


Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal



If the EU and the UN decides to pull together a small working group focused upon simply creating a proposal for submission to the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, reaching the finals in the competition would probably have a high probability of success. If that happens, many EU and UN refugee/migration and marine environmental issues can gain significant media attention along with the Hyperloop One effort...if not see it actually happen!

This MIT Climate CoLab proposal outlines how hyperloop technology can help address transport, refugee/migration and environmental mitigation and adaptation needs in one collaborative effort. 

What actions do you propose?

Who will take these actions?

Gaining support for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge: Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal is the primary focus of this proposal and thus the primary actors are those who read this proposal and send it on to their political/policy leaders. 

Where will these actions be taken?

The  Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal is obviously focused upon the Mediterranean Sea. Yet this combination of technology and functions can be put to use around the globe.

How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

What are other key benefits?

1) The reduction of the hardships suffered by refugees and migrants is a long term investment on multiple levels. Radical fundamentalism finds many recruits in refuge camps (why not become a suicide bomber if you actually have nothing to live for...not even further education or the simplest job?) 

2) If this Colab proposal succeeds, it may be sent on to the upcoming UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, for near term support.

"The Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to start effectively delivering on its mandates to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda's implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues."

The above list is not exhaustive.

What are the proposal’s costs?

The cost of the hyperloop infrastructure and operation is carried by the hyperloop investors while the cost of the marine biomass production and refuge/migrant care and housing would be carried a distinctly different organization. This non-hyperloop organization should be organized as a Social Benefit corporation as a B corp best describes what the organization does. It will make profits for the investor while providing an important list of social benefits. Raising $500M would be a good starting point for the B corp. 

Below is a short list of related mitigation/adaptation and refugee supportive organizations. These, and many more, may have some interest in provideing the startup funding for the B corp startup.  

Adaptation Fund

"Under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), emission-reduction projects in developing countries can earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits. These credits can be traded and sold by industrialized countries to meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol. Financing for the Adaptation Fund comes mainly from sales of certified emission reductions. The share of proceeds amounts to 2 percent of the value of CERs issued each year for CDM projects."

Global Environment Facility


GET FiT Plus

Africa Solidarity Trust Fund



The above list is far from exhaustive and more funding paths can be found Here.


Time line

The Hyperloop One Global Challange closes Sept. 16th 2016. This MIT Colab proposal is integral to the Hyperloop One Global Challenge as an important opportunity to maximize the publicity for such a comprehensive approach to climate change mitigation/adaptation issues, refuge/migrant issues and this new form of transportation.   

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