If we are unable substantially reduce CO2 emissions soon, as far-fetched as it may sound, civilization as we know it will end. While 350 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide is considered to be safe or acceptable, we are currently fluctuating at around a staggering amount, 400 ppm. This carbon contributes to the greenhouse effect, which is the process by which trapped gasses in the atmosphere impede the natural release of heat out of our atmosphere. This makes our atmosphere similar to a sauna, where all of the heat is trapped. Our earth has already heated up by one degree Celsius, which is a huge problem, and we are on our way to reaching two degrees of warming. At two degrees, many positive feedback loops—vicious cycles that self-propagate and accelerate global warming—will begin to act. And with all of these acting in conjunction, our problem will spiral out of control rapidly. Furthermore, many of these processes cannot be undone, which means that once they have started, it will be too late to repair our climate.
To prevent us from surpassing this point, we must take action, and quickly. The time for a slow switch has long passed. We need to make a change, and we need to do it now. We at Kids4Hydrogen are actively researching solutions that will enable individuals to take action against climate change by converting their cars.
One of the solutions that we promote is Metrol. It is a hydrogen fuel that is net-negative for carbon emissions that can function in regular internal combustion engine (ICE) cars with a minor conversion that takes as much time as a regular tune-up. It also can be stored in the same tanks and pipelines as regular gasoline. This means that there is no need to uproot and change our current infrastructure, which will allow Metrol implementation to be rapid enough to help curb our emissions before we reach the aforementioned irreversible point. Learn more about the benefits of Metrol by looking at this video. We believe that the conversion to Metrol is a strong solution because it has net-negative emissions and it can be implemented in five to ten years.