The earth is now in a critical phase, and humanity in the middle of a special moment. In order to overcome the crisis we now face, it is necessary for everyone to cooperate with one another across borders and disciplines. It is necessary to unite together, not as competitor or enemies, but as companions who create our current time together. Catalyzed by an energy shift to Renewable Hydrogen (hereinafter, RH₂), each one of us will have a role in cooperating and creating towards achieving a shift to a fair, new civilization that values life above all else. Most of the energy used today in the world is generated by uranium and fossil fuels. In a society based on this energy structure, there exists a cruel reality beneath the surface, seemingly happy world.
As with the Fukushima nuclear accident, accidents of irreversible consequence can happen again. In addition, we are approaching a point where 40% of the world’s ice is melting, accelerating the risk of climate change. There are continued disputes over natural resources, which are limited quantity in limited places. Conflict causes refugees, poverty, street children, and trafficking and prostitution of young girls. Furthermore, expensive capital is invested into energy infrastructure, while funding for social welfare and education are not flowing. Society is dark and sinking, because at its core our energy is dark. As with everything, poor people pay the price first. And we have no one to blame for this tragedy than ourselves.
From this point of view, our responsibility does not stop with our families, communities or even nations. We must escape this narrow thinking, and broaden our perspective to encompass the whole earth, where many people cannot escape the reality of losing their lives due to hunger or disease. We are losing valuable human capital by turning our eyes from the poor, who are indeed our peers. As an citizen of planet earth, we need to be aware of that fact. Energy issues are particularly tied to development in poor countries. Forty percent of humanity lives in extreme poverty, subsisting on less than two dollars a day. Most of them cannot use power. In the dark, children at high risk, safely giving birth is a challenge, and every day is devoted to securing fuel and water. If energy is not available, these regions are literally unable to escape a “powerless” state. Citizens cannot access the internet, and they are unaware of the risks of climate change, nor the accident in Fukushima.
The most important thing to save hundreds of millions of people from poverty is to ensure renewable energy can be used at affordable prices. Without this, no other form of economic development can save the world. To solve the poverty problem, energy democratization – in which all people can use energy equally – is necessary. The RH₂ cycle is a form of sustainable energy that raises the bar for of renewable energy, by integrating hydrogen found in water. By generating, storing and using electricity in the community, many people gain economic hope. If you can generate electricity yourself, and have access to the Internet, no matter how poor you are you can easily enroll in advanced correspondence education. Their access to information allows for a deepening “human fellowship”, allowing us to face challenges together. Jointly following our moral compass by fulfilling our responsibility to solve the current energy crisis will benefit humans suffering from poverty.
The Renewable Hydrogen (RH₂) Network engages in the activities to realize a regional, cyclical economy powered by RH₂. Further, if financial benefits are gained by these activities, we declare here that they will be used to fulfill the mission of the RH₂ Network, which is to pursue the common interests of all humanity:
- Dissemination and educational activities: we provide information about hydrogen to the media and citizens in an easy-to-understand form, to encourage a strengthening of our movement
- Research: engage in research and consulting activities in cooperation with companies and academic institutions, helping deepen technological knowledge of RH₂ and promote innovation.
- Policy recommendations: in cooperation with NPOs, NGOs, and other civic organizations, we will encourage policies to expand the market for RH₂, including deregulation and subsidies.
Haruyoshi Ebara, NPO Renewable Hydrogen Network, Executive Director, June 1, 2019,