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David and AlexaBy David and Alexa
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David and AlexaBy David and Alexa
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About

Climate Change has been described as the biggest challenge mankind has ever faced. Scientists believe that if we continue to emit carbon at the current rate, our planet will be beyond salvation in less than a decade. The question is though, what can we do about it? Most books and documentaries that tackle Climate Change only write about the problem, not the solution. ZERO-FIFTY aims to bridge that gap by providing the first ever all-encompassing proposal to prevent Climate Change. This is achieved by demonstrating how man-made carbon emissions can be reduced to zero by the year 2050.

Within ZERO-FIFTY, we start by providing you with a vision of what our world would look like if we choose to do nothing about Climate Change. We then graphically explain, using a combination of diagrams, images, and illustrations, how we can dramatically reduce the amount of energy we consume over the next 35 years. This includes explaining how we can substantially reduce the amount of energy our buildings, vehicles, and factories consume with minimal disruption to our modern lifestyle. Finally, we demonstrate how we can power our remaining energy demand using existing zero carbon energy generation technologies and a selection of highly innovative urban energy generating towers.

Our intention is to publish ZERO-FIFTY both as an App and as book. We have decided to take this approach so that the ideas contained within ZERO-FIFTY reach as wide an audience as possible. Currently, we have already commissioned the App, but to get the book published, we are going to need your help.

Most authors use a publisher and sell their books on websites or in stores. Unfortunately though, the publisher, the store, and the website all want their slice of the cake, and this usually results in the cost of the book being double, or even triple the price it needs to be.

Our plan is to make ZERO-FIFTY affordable to everybody. We plan to do this by cutting out the middle man and publishing the book ourselves on our own specially created website. This will enable us to sell the book for just £20 a copy, excellent value for a 600+ page book, all printed on certified recycled paper using only vegetable inks. In order to do this though, we need your help. We need to raise £20,000 to fund our first print run. This would allow us to print 2,000 copies, the minimum quantity required for an affordable initial print.

To show our appreciation for your kindness, we have created a whole range of exciting rewards. This includes exclusive postcards, signed copies of the book, framed prints, lectures, invites to the launch party and, if you are really generous, a special dinner cooked for you by us, at our flat in Leeds.  

With your assistance, we hope to be able to release the first vision of what the planet could look like if we stop emitting man-made carbon. Without your assistance though, ZERO-FIFTY will unfortunately be limited to tablet devices only and, as a result, the ideas contained within ZERO-FIFTY will reach far fewer people.

Some of the rewards available when you support ZERO-FIFTY
Some of the rewards available when you support ZERO-FIFTY

Follow Us

As well as the Kickstarter webpage, you can also follow us on all the major social media sites. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Just click on the links below to be directed to the sites you would like to follow our progress on.

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Sample Pages

To give a flavour of what the final App and book will look like, please find a small sample of the content we intend to include. As you can see, this is not your average Climate Change book!

ZERO-FIFTY Front and Back Cover
ZERO-FIFTY Front and Back Cover
ZERO-FIFTY Contents Page
ZERO-FIFTY Contents Page
Extract from 'Captain! We are Spiralling out of Control!'
Extract from 'Captain! We are Spiralling out of Control!'
Extract from 'Fossil Fuelled Planet'
Extract from 'Fossil Fuelled Planet'
Extract from 'Renewable Energy for the Future'
Extract from 'Renewable Energy for the Future'
Extract from 'The Wind Tower'
Extract from 'The Wind Tower'
Extract from 'Building Ourselves a Better Future'
Extract from 'Building Ourselves a Better Future'
Extract from 'Low Energy Appliances'
Extract from 'Low Energy Appliances'
Extract from 'Upgrade or Destroy?'
Extract from 'Upgrade or Destroy?'
Extract from 'The Six Minute City'
Extract from 'The Six Minute City'
Extract from 'Low Energy Transport'
Extract from 'Low Energy Transport'
Extract from 'Embodied Energy'
Extract from 'Embodied Energy'
Extract from 'ZERO-FIFTY Timeline'
Extract from 'ZERO-FIFTY Timeline'
Extract showing a 'Vision of London in 2050'
Extract showing a 'Vision of London in 2050'
Extract showing a 'Vision of Tokyo in 2050'
Extract showing a 'Vision of Tokyo in 2050'
Extract showing a 'Vision of Doha in 2050'
Extract showing a 'Vision of Doha in 2050'
Extract showing a 'Vision of Shanghai in 2050'
Extract showing a 'Vision of Shanghai in 2050'

Image Credits

As part of ZERO-FIFTY, we have used a variety of images taken by others that have been released under Creative Commons licenses or have been released into the public domain. At ZERO-FIFTY, we believe in giving credit where credit is due, and as such, please find acknowledgement below for the images used above.

ZERO-FIFTY Front and Back cover // Image ‘London 2050’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Sky underlay ‘Spacy Waves’ released on Flickr by Falk Lademann and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Cityscape underlay ‘London 360 from St Paul's Cathedral’ released on Wikimedia Commons by David Iliff and reproduced under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Captain! We are Spiralling Out of Control! // Image ‘Year 2068, Shanghai’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Image ‘Year 2068, San Francisco’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Cityscape underlay ‘Coit Tower, View from 02’ released on Wikimedia by Sailko and reproduced under CC BY-SA 3.0.  Image ‘Year 2065, Runaway Global Warming’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Photo underlay ‘Earth Science’ released on earthdata.nasa.gov by the Michael Lisowski and reproduced with the photographer’s permission.

Fossil Fuelled Planet // Image ‘Coal’ released on Flickr by Paul Downey and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Image ‘Ashtabulacoalcars e2’ released on Wikimedia by Matthew Trump and reproduced under CC BY-SA 3.0. Image ‘Grand Junction Trip 92007 098l’ released on Wikimedia by Staplegunther and reproduced under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Building Ourselves a Better Future // Image ‘South Street Seaport NYC’ released on Wikimedia by Ian Reid and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Image ‘Dotonbori-16’ released on Wikimedia by Steven Chang and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Image ‘An Airbus in downtown Hong Kong’ released on Flickr by Luis Argerich and reproduced under CC BY 2.0.

The Six Minute City // Image ‘The Six Minute City’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD using SimCity 4.

Vision of London in 2050 // Image ‘London 2050’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Sky underlay ‘Spacy Waves’ released on Flickr by Falk Lademann and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Cityscape underlay ‘London 360 from St Paul's Cathedral’ released on Wikimedia Commons by David Iliff and reproduced under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Vision of Tokyo in 2050 // Image ‘Tokyo 2050’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Sky underlay ‘Sky 2’ released on Flickr by zaphad1 and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Cityscape underlay ‘Tokyo Roppongi Hills, Japan’ released on Flickr by Alberto Carrasco Casado and reproduced under CC BY 2.0.

Vision of Doha in 2050 // Image ‘Doha 2050’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Sky underlay ‘Blue Sky’ released on Flickr by Banu Tuncel and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Cityscape underlay ‘World Innovation Summit for Education - Qatar’ released on Flickr by Larry Johnson and reproduced under CC BY 2.0.

Vision of Shanghai in 2050 // Image ‘Shanghai 2050’ created by FUTURE WORLD DESIGNS LTD. Sky underlay ‘Blue from Tower’ released on Flickr by Swami Stream and reproduced under CC BY 2.0. Cityscape underlay ‘Shanghai Panorama 2006’ and ‘Shanghai Panorama 2006 2’ released on Wikimedia by Don-kun and reproduced under CC BY 3.0.

Risks and challenges

There really aren't any risks involved! The book is finished, apart from a few final touches and double checking of the footnotes. The only thing we now need is your help to raise the funds for our first print run. So please, if you are able to help us in any way, no matter how small, it would be greatly appreciated by us.

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    POSTCARD PACK // We will send you a set of exclusive Kickstarter ZERO-FIFTY Postcards and a personal thank you note from us! This includes seven original prints on high quality recycled paper. Please add £3 for shipping outside the UK.

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    COPY OF ZERO-FIFTY // We will send you a full copy of the 600+ page book, all printed on high quality recycled paper using only vegetable inks. Please add £10 for shipping outside the UK.

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    SIGNED BOOK, THE POSTCARDS, AND A T-SHIRT // We will send you a signed copy of the book, the exclusive Kickstarter Postcard Pack, and an exclusive Kickstarter ZERO-FIFTY T-shirt made with organic cotton and printed using sustainable water based inks. Please add £15 for shipping outside the UK.

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    GET A MENTION IN THE BOOK // We will thank you or your company for your kindness with a special mention in the book. This is in addition to sending you a personally signed copy of the book, an exclusive Kickstarter ZERO-FIFTY T-shirt, and the exclusive Kickstarter Postcard Pack. Please add £15 for shipping outside the UK.

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    GET A SUPER SIZE ART PRINT // We will send you a framed art print (100cm x 70cm) of your choice from our selection of Future City Visions. Choices include New York, Shanghai, London, and Tokyo. In addition to this, you will get a personally signed copy of the book, a Kickstarter exclusive T-shirt, and the exclusive Kickstarter Postcard Pack. Furthermore, we will personally thank you for your generosity with a special mention in the book and give you a phone call to let you know how much we appreciate your help. Please note, if you live outside of the UK, we will have to send the print without the frame due to the postage costs involved. Please add £20 for shipping outside the UK.

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    GET A LECTURE FROM US // We will come to your school or university and give a visually inspiring 60-90 minute talk about how to create a ZERO-FIFTY World, plus a Q&A session at the end. We will also bring with us a signed copy of the book, two Kickstarter exclusive T-shirts, and three exclusive Kickstarter Postcard Packs, all of which will all be given away as prizes in our mini quiz at the end of the lecture. Please note, if you live outside of the UK, we will have to request that you fund our travel expenses.

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    COME TO THE LAUNCH PARTY // Not only do you get two framed super-size art prints, two signed copies of the book, two Kickstarter exclusive T-shirts, and two exclusive Kickstarter Postcard Packs, but you and a companion can also come to our launch party in either London or Leeds. At the party, we will personally thank you for your generosity as well as give you and your companion a personal thank you within the book.

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    GET A LECTURE FROM US // We will come to your company or organization and give a visually inspiring 60-90 minute talk about how to create a ZERO-FIFTY World, plus a Q&A session at the end. We will also bring with us a framed super-size art print of a ZERO-FIFTY City Vision of your choice, a signed copy of the book, five Kickstarter exclusive T-shirts, and five exclusive Kickstarter Postcard Packs. In addition to this, we will also give you and your organisation a personal thank-you within the book for your generosity. Please note, if you live outside of the UK, we will have to request that you fund our travel expenses.

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    DINNER PARTY // We will cook a gourmet dinner for you and up to four friends at our flat in Leeds or come and visit you for dinner, bringing with us a gourmet picnic basket of food for six. At the dinner, we will personally thank you for your generosity, as well as tell you all about ZERO-FIFTY. This will include a variety of interesting tales from the events we experienced along the way. For each guest, we will also bring with us a personally signed copy of the book, an exclusive postcard set, an exclusive ZERO-FIFTY t-shirt, and a framed ZERO-FIFTY art print of the city of your choice. It doesn't stop there though. We will also personally thank you for your generosity within the book. Please note, if you live outside of the UK, we will have to request that you fund our travel expenses.

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