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Sean Astin Urban Canopy Project

$500,000 goal

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Created November 26, 2018
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Video #2. Here is a 15 minute musing about the purpose & context of this project. A formal Campaign Intro Video is being produced. 



Congratulations & Appreciation:
URBAN  CANOPY PROJECT'S OFFICIAL LOGO was  Designed and Donated  by HEIDI CORRADO 
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THINK BIG?

OK.

Let's put a "GREEN ROOF" on 10,000,000 Homes in 5 years.

How Many? 

TEN MILLION

If you think that's impossible, I'm gonna start singing...the sun'll come out tomorrow...
Human beings can not afford to think small. Our lives depend on delivering the inconceivable.

Where would you even start to figure out how to put a little garden on 10 Million peoples roofs?

Pony up $5 and I'll tell you.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with everyone on the journey, taking a single step.

For my part, I'm  gonna start with 100 Urban Residences and show the world exactly how to do it.
I have every confidence that at least 100,000 people are more than happy to pitch in $5 to get it done.

LET'S BEGIN...


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CARBON CAPTURE & STORAGE --  (CCS)

This is a technology that can capture up to 90% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced from the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation and industrial processes, preventing the carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. The world is turning, ever too slowly to a renewable energy system. Carbon Capture and Storage is one vital tool, that on a  large enough scale, could buy the health and safety of tens of millions of human beings, while new energy economy takes fool root.

What does it look like? 

Let's turn to Michigan State University's Green Roof Research Project for a first glimpse into this area of science and technology.

CARBON SEQUESTRATION
 
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---BY WAY OF EYE POPPING EXAMPLE---
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---MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY'S RESEARCH PROJECT IN THE EARLY 2000'S WASN'T CHEAP---
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---BUT IT LOOKS SO SIMPLE---

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**Michigan State University Green Roof Research** -- *A Link to their site:  http://www.greenroof.hrt.msu.edu/index.html 
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GOVERNMENTS & BIG BUSINESS WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ONTHIS ISSUE.

But, the role of "THE  INDIVIDUAL" in our society and around the world is central. We don't have to wait for Presidential Election Cycles to raise 1 billion dollars in small contributions. We can do it right now. We don't have to wait for taxes to be collected and lawmakers to prioritize this issue appropriately. We can just look around at each other and decide to GO. To Move. To take Action. 

100,000 People saying... $5, no prob.

**THE PROJECT**
The idea is simple. Find 100 Private Homes in Urban settings, install and maintain a Carbon Capture Garden/Feature and maintain it for one year, Each  green feature design will  satisfy the scientific standard to achieve meaningful Urban Carbon Capture & Storage.

The concept is to demonstrate,  in a real world setting, how this financial model  (crowdsourcing), can fuel the rapid deployment of Green Roofing in Urban Residential Settings. We want to prove exactly how easy it is to scale the project exponentially. 

It's time to reclaim so much of the natural space that sits waiting all around us.

The Vision: An Urban Canopy 


So far, the Sean Astin Urban Canopy Project has a uniquely "sean" shoot from the hip quality, but, we are steadily morphing into a more professional and organized endeavor. To that end, I've begun preparing to assemble on an Advisory Board that will lend expert science and other issue area guidance.
 
On an introductory basis only, I reached out to one of the leading organizations in the world on carbon capture storage technology & industry and was fortunate to connect with Chris Consoli, the senior CCS specialist. A SCIENTIST!!!!
 
About our approach to pilot testing a surge in private residence  CCS, Chris said "It's a really cool concept...and we are happy to help. Capturing and storing CO2 can be done at any scale." He hastened to add that, "...we(GCCSInstitute) focus on the large emission sources of power; cement, steel, oil and gas and other industries. It is important to note that it(CCS) is optimal at large scale...MILLIONS of tonnes per year per project."

When I brought up the various debates and ideas about how to combat Climate Change...what to prioritize etc, Chris related his optimistic (or dire) thoughts, "It takes an all of the above approach to reducing emissions. Every molecule counts. We need all technologies and innovations to tackle climate change." 


So, that's just what we are going do. We are going to show ourselves, 100 families & the world that we can quickly raise money, locate the families, design their carbon capture gardens, install them and maintain them for a year. If we can do it, then next year it can expand. Within a few years, Chris might just say, wow...this private approach is really making a noticeable contribution.

$5. That's my favorite donation size. We need 100,000 people. That's not hard, if we work together!!!!

Stay Tuned,
Sean 

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Here is the very rough video I shot 2 Days into this adventure. It was very windy and was clearly spontaneous. But, you can get a clear sense of my intention and the goals....it was during a lunch break that Wednesday. 

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***REWARDS***


To Order Your Reward:
(1) Press the Donate Button.
(2) SPECIFY YOUR REWARD IN THE COMMENT BAR (as pictured)
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***NEWEST REWARDS***

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AUTOGRAPHED  BASEBALL with Film Titles.  REDUCED PRICE - $75 {LIMIT 50}  -----     *price CHANGE see details below
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 ***POSTER PRIZES***


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AUTOGRAPHED SAMWISE GARDENING PHOTO - $100
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ATTENTION EVERYONE 
** BONUS REWARD**


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WHEN WE HIT $500,000 I WILL GIVE A FREE POSTER TO 300 DONORS CHOSEN AT RANDOM. GOOD LUCK!!!
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Rules:

Each award is individual and separate from the others. The set price for each item does not include ANY other item.

**LOGO COMPETITION
We reserve the right to include a 3rd wildcard choice in the final vote.
The Poll of Polls is highly subjective, our determination is final.

**Baseball Award -- The Price CHANGED TWICE.
1. The increase went into affect at MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 1st, 2018.
2. The decrease went into affect at 7am DECEMBER 2nd, 2018

Those purchased prior to increase, HAVE NO CHANGE. Their price stands as is.
Those who purchased prior to a decrease will pay the lower price and have the difference refunded.

 REWARDS will only be sent IF the fundraising campaign achieves its goal.
Posters & other Items will be purchased online at market value & shipped directly.

FOR DONOR SAFETY, at my request, GoFundMe has placed this Campaign on a voluntary hold. Currently, the account can accept money, but can not withdraw the funds.  If the campaign does not reach it's goal, it may be possible to adjust the scope of the project downward. Before any money is withdrawn, Donors will receive a formal  BACKER UPDATE explaining how much we have raised and what we propose to do with the money. Each Donor will be given the option to cancel their donation, if they aren't satisfied. The status of  the REWARDS will be adjusted accordingly.

*OFFICIAL LOGO DESIGNED BY HEIDI CORRADO**
We reserve the right to make any changes to the rules, terms & conditions to the campaign, consistent with fair business practice and the law.
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Thank you all for your support.
We'll get 'em on the next one!!!

Much Love Always,
Sean Astin
Founder of the Enduring
Urban Canopy Project
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FINAL UPDATE

Dear Backers,

As of this moment, I am terminating this GoFundMe Campaign. There is no conceivable way that we will reach our goal in the manner I set out.

It is time for me to regroup and figure out a new strategy and a more effective way to contribute to the movement to combat global warming.

In the period of time since the last update, I have enrolled in a Green Roof program of study. It has been absolutely fascinating andI commend it to you here, if you are interested in learning more about the kind of work we are endeavoring to do in greater detail. https://livingarchitectureacademy.com

The Urban Canopy Project is not dead. I am more convinced now than when I started this effort, that I can make a difference and I am determined use this "brand" or concept as my vessel.

Nearly 500 of you have given generously and selflessly. Most of you have given small dollar donations, which inspires me beyond description. The quality of virtually blind trust that you placed in me and in the premise of working on green projects in urban settings, confirms my sense that the public is ready to put our money where our mouths are, when it comes to acknowledging the warning of scientists.

The primary reason that I am stopping this fundraiser now, is to release the hold on all of the money that has been pledged. It is the holiday season and you all deserve to have your money, since the odds for success with your contribution are plain. Unfortunately, that means that none of the rewards will be sent out. I am working on a charity autograph platform that will offer them. It may take a little time to go live, but if you had your hearts set on the items, have faith that they will be available.

I believe that will still be able to message you, once the campaign is terminated. In the event that I cook up a new plan, with greater likelihood of success, I will come back even stronger and ask for your participation.

So, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your enthusiasm has lead me into the arms (new relationships) with leaders in the Carbon Capture & Storage Movement. I will build on my knowledge, cultivate these new alliances and comeback stronger and more prepared than ever,. This is thanks to you!!!

I will endeavor to reply to any notes you send through GoFundMe, but it may take a little while.

Respectfully Yours,
Sean Astin
Founder of the Enduring
Urban Canopy Project
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UPDATE #19

I've added a 15 minute video to the GoFundMe main page. It's a lot calmer and a little more thought out than the first video. It's still free-style. Hopefully, you can see than I'm traveling along the progress track of understanding this issue and that I'm a little further on the journey to communicating about our mission...miles to go...miles to go...

I have been putting together a fuller essay, of sorts, that I intend to film more professionally soon.

If you have any research, images or video that you think might be useful in that presentation, please contact me again through the GoFundMe platform:

https://www.gofundme.com/urbancanopy

I intend to keep asking, just so you know I haven't slowed down, please consider making another $5 now. Momentum is a big thing in crowdfunding. Every little bit moves the needle. $14,000 raised - $486,000 to go.

Thank you all,
Sean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvzElkRpZuw&feature=youtu.be
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UPDATE #18

We Have a TWITTER HANDLE
@CanopyUrban

If you have twitter, please follow our new official accountant IMMEDIATELY!!!!

They say the 1st tweet is the greatest {hums song}
You be the judges.

If it speaks to you...consider (make) another $5 Donation.

Our first tweet goes out at 8:30pm PST

Big day for us:

LOGO & TWITTER HANDLE

Onward,
Sean
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