Research and development on deriving power from the element Thorium is gaining momentum at a time when humanity needs clean affordable power that does not have a negative climate impact. Thorium can deliver abundant affordable power to the grid, adequate heat for industrial processes and it can even dissociate carbon dioxide into its constituent elements. Thorium Power can do all of this without pollution to air or water. Despite the urgent need for this rescue from the course we are on, public understanding of Thorium Power and what progress is being made in the field is low.
This project is a media communication tour with a documentary video as its final product. It is a travelling conversation between the public and me recorded in video updates along the tour as blog posts. On completion of the tour, those posts and any extra content produced along the tour will then be assembled and edited into a a final single video and companion report in PDF.
The reason for this tour is to create an honest and positive communication with the pubic about a subject that is fraught with misinformation. The object is to learn how to best communicate a message from the science and engineering community to the general public and learn how to adapt that message so that it remains honest, is factually true and is understood.
I plan to do this as a bicycle tour with waypoints significant to the Thorium Energy story. In my experience, nothing brings you closer to people than rolling into a town on a bicycle. People are immediately curious and receptive: "Where did you start? How far did you travel today?", are the openers to conversation I plan to put it to good use on this tour. I will record my visits in video, in audio and in writing, doing my best to assemble an objective report of how my Thorium Energy message is received. That public reception is what the Thorium Energy research community are eager to learn and understand. At the same time, I will do my best to communicate the Thorium Energy message to the public in a way that they understand it and find it as exciting as the research community. This project builds an essential connection between the scientific community and the public as research matures alongside public policy into an industry. The output of this work is a video that can be used for public education and to gain insight on how to have a conversation about science with people who aren't scientists.
Risks and challenges
While I am very experienced at self-supported bike tours, there are always unpredictable elements like extreme weather, theft of my equipment, or unexpected illness.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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