Henry Alfred Goolsbee Files Criminal Charges Against New Zealand Police Detective

A Grave Miscarriage of Justice –

PHOTO of Henry Alfred Goolsbee on Kume Jima Island in Japan, taken whist preparing for a 40 day fast. - Goolsbee has been a pacifist and vegan for over 45 years. Alfred embraced an ancient Essene lifestyle and the philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence) at the age of 15.

False Arrest – Wrongful Imprisonment Henry Alfred Goolsbee PHOTO – Henry Alfred Goolsbee, a Victim of False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment; PHOTO taken whist preparing for a 40 day fast on Kume Jima Island in Japan. – Goolsbee has been a pacifist, conscientious objector and vegan for over 45 years. Alfred embraced an ancient Essene lifestyle and the philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence) at the age of fifteen.

IMPORTANT NOTE* this is a work in progress about the false arrest, wrongful conviction and wrongful imprisonment of the author Henry Alfred Goolsbee

  • Thanks to the U.S. Dept. of State, by way of the Office of the U.S. Ambassador (New Zealand) and the U.S. Consulate General (NZ), and Office of Human Rights Proceedings (NZ), Goolsbee’s claims against corrupt government officials in New Zealand, are now being heard and investigated in the High Courts of New Zealand.
  • During Goolsbee’s campaign (waged whilst wrongfully imprisoned within numerous prisons in New Zealand), a team of United Nations Inspectors issued an international press release to the effect that medical treatment in New Zealand prisons was (and is still ?) tantamount to torture. (This announcement was heard once on PBS radio and then, was never heard again, nor covered by mainstream media – general discussions are here).
  • Goolsbee’s countless handwritten submissions, originally prepared, whilst wrongfully imprisoned, were designed as a series of whistleblowing events. All addressed to the United Nations Office of Human Rights Proceedings (c/o NZ Government) and the Queen of England’s personal representative in New Zealand: “Governor General- Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae.” Numerous other alerts were written to cabinet members of Prime Minister John Key, including but limited to:
    • Minister Paula Bennett (also see-> this link),
    • Minister of Justice Judith Collins,
    • Mr. Niels Holm – Official Secretary to the Governor General at Government House
      • “My current position as Official Secretary (since June 2010) involves the management of both Government Houses, including responsibility for all 28 staff (plus the security and gardening teams). I work closely with the Governor-General to execute his programme, and act as his principal adviser on programme, protocol, public engagement, media and other day to day issues. I also facilitate his key functional relationships with the Cabinet Office and PMO. While I serve the Governor-General, I report to the Clerk of the Executive Council (and Secretary to Cabinet).” “December 2014 will see the end of my four and a half year secondment to Government House. For family reasons I have decided not to seek a further term in the diplomatic service, and will be reviewing opportunities in Wellington for 2015.”
    • Minister Nathan Guy (and see-> this link),
    • Minister Kate Wilkinson (and see-> this link)
    • Robert Kee Esq. Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings New Zealand (As of August 2015).
  • Goolsbee’s outspoken position against GMO’s, Monsanto, Government Corruption in New Zealand and Religious Discrimination has resulted in his being subjected to 2.25 years of wrongful imprisonment and a CHARACTER ASSASSINATION CAMPAIGN. This character assassination was aided in principle by an irresponsible reporter, namely, Ms Sally Kidson…  see ~> [1] character assassination [2] character assassination [3] character assassination.
  • What reporter Kidson didn’t know (because she never interviewed Goolsbee to hear what really happened), was that Julie Spicer (the so-called victim) was suspected of fraud by her own sister..! – but this was not discovered until a few days before the bogus trial! We say BOGUS because Goolsbee was not allowed to call key witnesses, was not allowed to produce critical evidence (1,000’s of pages of evidence that proved his innocence!), was not allowed to provide testimony..! Mostly because a Judge had forced Goolsbee’s court appointed attorney to resign only days before the trial..!
    Henry Alfred Goolsbee receiving award as first responder at a domestic fire in Japan. Goolsbee entered the burning house at risk to his own life to search for trapped victims; and was first to locate a water hose which he used to begin controlling the fire. 101

    Henry Alfred Goolsbee receiving award as first responder at a domestic fire in Japan. Goolsbee entered the burning house at risk to his own life to search for trapped victims; and was first to locate a water hose which he used to begin controlling the fire.

  • The irresponsible reporting by Sally Kidson and her editors above mentioned is not based in factual reality. The truth, is that Goolsbee was not allowed to call witnesses, and therefore was not allowed to produce 1,000’s of documents that prove his innocence, and was therefore not able to testify, and a judge had actually forced Goolsbee’s lawyer to RESIGN only days before the trial began (a trial which should never have been allowed in the first place!). All the irresponsible reporting was based on the seeds of lies, calumny, defamation, slander and perjury; all of which was planted by the New Zealand Police Detective “Fiona HUTCHING.”
  • When Part Two and Three (of a series of books) were nearing completion the New Zealand police decided he should be punished for attempting to write these books; hence the Police INVENTED a LIE and IMAGINED that a crime had occurred; thus making Goolsbee the target and VICTIM of a modern-day WITCH-HUNT. 
    Henry Alfred Goolsbee recognized as first responder at a fire in Japan. Goolsbee entered the burning house at risk to his own life, searched for trapped victims, located a water hose and began controlling the fire. 102

    Henry Alfred Goolsbee recognized as first responder at a fire in Japan. Goolsbee entered the burning house at risk to his own life, searched for trapped victims, located a water hose and began controlling the fire.

  • The Police even went so far as to convince one of Goolsbee’s business partners (Julie Spicer) that he was attempting to defraud her of her investment… but nothing could be further from the truth!
  • What actually occurred is that ALL of Goolsbee’s computers and hard drives, several boxes of research papers and ALL of his I.D. were seized illegally by the police and withheld for over 4 months; thereby preventing him from publishing the books on time as scheduled! How could he have completed the publications on time if the police were holding all of the data and equipment needed to complete the publications? A set of works that had been in progress for several years.
  • So, the Police seized all of Goolsbee’s writing equipment and notes, thus preventing Goolsbee from finishing the books, and then imprisoned him for NOT FINISHING THE BOOKS!! 
    Henry Alfred Goolsbee receiving award as first responder at a domestic fire in Japan. Goolsbee entered the burning house at risk to his own life to search for trapped victims; and was first to locate a water hose which he used to begin controlling the fire. 103

    Pastor H. Alfred Goolsbee received the award in Okinawa, Japan. Pastor Goolsbee searched for trapped victims and was first to locate a water hose for use in controlling the fire. He was aided by others approximately 12-15 minutes later.

  • The INQUISITION is alive and well in New Zealand.
  • Whilst wrongfully imprisoned, he lead a successful Civil Rights and Human Rights campaign (under the auspices of the ICCPR – United Nations) and triggered numerous ongoing investigations into New Zealand Government corruption at the highest levels.
  • Alfred Goolsbee has been an environmental activist and peace-loving, civil rights activist and human rights activist for over 45 years…

The pages of this website and related websites will be updated regularly on a day-to-day basis.

Henry Alfred Goolsbee refutes the ongoing character assignation campaign and files charges against numerous high ranking New Zealand ministerial officials and their agents who are engaged in criminal activities including but not limited to "...prevention, obstruction and perversion of the the course of justice" (an imprisonable offense under New Zealand Criminal Act Sect. 116.

Photo of Mr. Henry Alfred Goolsbee circa 2008. Henry Alfred Goolsbee refutes the ongoing character assignation campaign and files charges against numerous high ranking New Zealand Ministerial officials and their agents who, are engaged in criminal activities including but not limited to “…prevention, obstruction, perversion and defeat of the the course of justice” (an imprisonable offense under New Zealand Criminal Act Sect. 116 ).



Whist wrongfully imprisoned Mr Goolsbee persevered in his campaign to expose corruption in the New Zealand Government and did so at various levels starting with-

  • the arresting officer Detective Fiona Hutchins (who committed perjury when she filed a deceitful warrant application),
  • two judges- Judge Tony Zhorab and Judge Michael Behrens, who worked in collusion with Crown Law to deceive the courts and general public on numerous documented occasions, yet refused to produce court transcripts knowing that they would be exposed, held accountable and prosecuted,
  • members of the New Zealand Parole Board (who have committed perjury; and were and continue to be engaged in the “perversion, obstruction, prevention and defeat of the course of justice”),
  • New Zealand Immigration committed perjury whilst interviewing and illegally deporting Mr. Goolsbee to prevent him from presenting evidence in the High Courts of New Zealand,
  • numerous other officials acting at Ministerial levels and other agents in the New Zealand Government, who all participated in the COVERUP of Mr. Goolsbee’s false arrest, wrongful conviction and wrongful imprisonment.
  • countless violations of religious freedom and discrimination regarding cultural / ethnic dignity and the right to worship according to one’s own faith within the NZ Dept of Corrections.
Alfred Goolsbee together with the Admiralty and High Command of US Forces in Naha, Okinawa at the Seaman's Club. Mr Goolsbee was introducing his earth-saving technology to the gentlemen, which was discovered and first developed in Japan.

Alfred Goolsbee (3rd from viewer’s left / suit and tie) together with the Admiralty and High Command of US Military Forces in Naha, Okinawa, JAPAN (where he developed the technology) at the Seaman’s Club. Mr Goolsbee was introducing his earth-saving technology to the gentlemen, which was discovered and first developed in Japan.

Mr Goolsbee’s wife and children were also sorely damaged and suffered numerous Civil Rights and Human Rights violations that resulted in grievous mental, emotional and physical damage (details to follow).

Involvement of the Governor General of New Zealand  – Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae (Personal representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand in New Zealand).

When Goolsbee was supposed to be appearing in court to give evidence against corrupt officials he was “kidnapped” by prison guards (and put in one instance even put on an airplane and) moved illegally within the national prison system to prevent his appearances on more than five occasions and was subsequently “illegally deported” to prevent him from cooperating with an investigation to be carried out by the Governor General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae (The Personal Representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand) with the assistance of Mr. Jeremy Bioletti Esq. (details to follow).

“No doubt, that if Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England and New Zealand knew of the atrocities that are being committed in her good name (and that are in turn besmirching her family’s good name), both she and her family members would be appalled!”

Forced to stand trial without a lawyer in the KANGAROO COURTS of New Zealand.


Goolsbee’s BOOK! YES! Is this the book that created so much controversy?

 Ormus – The Secret Alchemy of Mary Magdalen (Revealed) Part 1 ~ By William Hearth

Henry Alfred Goolsbee’s “Nom de Plume” is “William Hearth”

Henry Alfred Goolsbee Files Criminal Charges Against New Zealand Police Detective

For Immediate Release 2015


A Father of three young children resolves to file criminal charges against New Zealand Police Detective and other New Zealand Ministers and Government Ministries ~ Visiting Japanese/American family is made destitute by corrupt New Zealand Police Detective and corrupt Government Agents (corrupt New Zealand Judges complicit in compounding the damages).

A 59 year old author and father of three, Henry Alfred Goolsbee, who was wrongfully imprisoned for over two years, has decided to file criminal claims against a New Zealand Police Detective and several related Ministerial Departments citing charges (including but not limited to) “Perjury,” “Obstruction of Justice,” “Perverting the Course of Justice,” “Preventing the Course of Justice,” “Unlawful Discrimination” and “Obtaining Pecuniary Advantage and Causing Loss by Deceit,” within the New Zealand Government. There are currently several cases filed by Goolsbee which are currently active in the High Courts of New Zealand the name and shame many of the culprits with the New Zealand government.

The US born father has decided to file criminal charges against the police on behalf of his three young children who, at the time of the offending by the Police and Ministries, were ages 10, 12 and14 and he has also filed for damages on behalf of their mother, a Japanese national, all of whom are innocent victims of an ongoing legal fiasco that resulted in Mr Goolsbee being falsely accused, illegally arrested, was denied his right to justice and was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for two years and three months.

The family was made destitute and made homeless in New Zealand, because the father was unable to make payment to various utilities providers and rental agents as a direct result of the misconduct and criminal behaviour of the police and various Government agencies. Eviction notices were served and their mobile and landline telephones were cut off. When Goolsbee was wrongfully imprisoned he lost over $800,000 worth of remedial soil amendments that were ready to packed and sold into the agricultural arena.

“It’s a miracle that we have survived this long…” says Goolsbee.

“…, if the detective had her way, I would have spent the past one year and eight months in prison whilst awaiting trial for charges that have no merit or basis in reality. I am innocent of the charges and have the evidence to prove it… Fortunately, the Judge disagreed with the Detective’s recommendation to deny bail.”

In fact, in the earlier round of administrative hearings, “…the Judge appears to have decided that the allegations are absurd, and for good reason.”

The elderly gentleman and his family have been unable to access medical services that would ordinarily have been available to them, had they been able to return to Japan, where the father had been a permanent resident for almost twenty years. The mother and children are all very traumatized and are suffering as well, but are not entitled to medical care either, according to the decisions made by the Ministry of Immigration, the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Education who refused to allow the children to attend school whilst awaiting trial as potential wiynesses.

“They’re trying to force me to become insolvent and mentally exhausted, so that we can’t afford to tell the world what they’re doing: and so that we can’t afford to hire legal counsel capable of bringing civil and criminal proceedings against the police and the government ministries who are complicit in this abusive process.,” said Goolsbee.

“We need urgently help from organizations like Amnesty International, Change.org and Indiegogo and other such social and political action networks before it’s too late. Who knows how many other innocent people may have been arrested and incarcerated by this same, rogue, police agent and her colleagues at Crown Law? If they’ll do it our family, they’ll do it to others and this simply isn’t acceptable in these days and times. After all, New Zealand is supposed to be a civilized and democratic society.”

“How the New Zealand Government can treat a perfectly innocent father, his wife and young children in this manner, is beyond our comprehension.”

“We thought we were visiting a civilized country; but we don’t know what to think now. We have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars as a direct result of this absurd situation and we now find ourselves on the brink of being homeless in a foreign country. They have caused us to become destitute.”

The police seized all of the family’s digital communication equipment, computers and data-storage devices, as well as all of the father’s ID and bankcards, jewellery and other valuables, just one week prior to the expiration of their visas; and thus the police prevented the father from applying for their visa extensions in a timely manner, despite the fact that he had made extensive and adequate preparations to do so. The mother had to sell the few pieces of jewelry that had handed down to her from her mother. “It’s not very valuable, but they were priceless to me as tokens of remembrance of my mother. They had great sentimental value as I wanted to pass them on to my daughters and grandchildren,” she said.

The mother went on to say that, “We have been uncommonly patient with the due process of law and the Detective in charge. We assumed that the misunderstanding would be cleared up in a matter of days, but the detective in charge has been behaving in a most unprofessional and belligerent manner. We have also been exceedingly patient with the Ministries who are complicit in this negligence, thus causing my family to become destitute.”

Mr. Goolsbee continued, “My wife and children have been gravely traumatized by the events of the past several years, including but not limited to our being forced to live under house-arrest without the right to work and provide for our family. I finally succeeded in convincing the Ministry of Immigration to give me a work permit after five months, but because my visa says that the visa is issued “pending the outcome of judicial proceedings against” me, it is near impossible to find work based on my skill sets. They wouldn’t allow my wife to work at all. Also my passport wasn’t returned to me for over three and a half years.”

“I was held incommunicado in a jail cell for almost a week, was not allowed to call a lawyer, nor to contact the US Embassy, I was not allowed to talk to my wife and children, and I was not allowed to communicate with a religious minster representing the church of my choice.”

“We have all the evidence required to disprove the assumptions made by the police detective; however the detective repeatedly refused to meet with my attorneys for the period leading up to the trial and discuss the matter in a civil and amicable manner. I’d made numerous attempts to talk to her, and two separate attorneys have invited her to review the evidence, all of which proves without doubt my innocence.”

“In fact, if the detective had her way, I would have spent the past 10 months in prison awaiting trial, despite the fact that I am innocent of the charges and have been able to prove my innocence since the very onset of the false accusations and summary arrest, which was based on nothing more than hearsay, utterly erroneous assumptions and false pretexts.”

“The hard-evidence which proves my innocence has been available since day-one of the false arrest.”

“The detective seized my children’s computer, which they use for their schooling and distance learning programs. They seized other computers and equipment which I use to manage my extensive international business interests which are focused on sustainable agriculture and sustainable environments and not-for-profit organizations.”

“To date, we have sustained loss and damages that exceed several hundred thousand dollars, and depending on the extent of the domino effect and the accounting methods employed, it is arguable that damages may exceed several million dollars to date. More importantly, the trauma and emotional damage has been compounded by being denied access to proper medical care for three years and counting.”

“The detective seized all of my identification, including passport, driver’s license, and bank cards, etc. which forced the suspension of all business and creative process. The detective refused to allow the Japanese Embassy to renew my Permanent Residence status and my hard-won status as a Permanent Resident of Japan was lost. This was especially disconcerting as it took many years to establish the status of permanent resident of Japan.”

“The computer equipment and hard drives were withheld for many months, during which time, all of my business interests fell into disarray and ruin. I was not able to finish writing the books that I was working on; and activity which was vital to my family’s fundamental well-being.”

“We were forced to borrow thousands of dollars from our extended family members, which created considerable additional stress for all concerned.”

“We were made destitute and my wife and I still suffering from extreme nervous exhaustion, as we often don’t know how to pay our bills; such as rent, power, telephone, internet, food, clothing, etc. On numerous occasions whilst we were still in New Zealand our service providers found it necessary to send final notices of eviction and termination of services; and our telephones were been shut.” As a direct result of this extensive ongoing damage to our financial balance we were reduced to applying for welfare in New Zealand, Japan and the United States to try to survive during the past six years. Salvation Army saved us in New Zealand by providing us with a residence and food during the period of the trial, and thereafter my wife and children were forced to return to Japan in a destitute circumstance.

“I am making a final effort to make the world aware of what the New Zealand Police force and the associated Ministries and Ministries of New Zealand have done and are continuing to do to us. We are victims of both Human Rights Abuse and Civil Rights Abuse. My children and wife and I were all denied our fundamental right to justice. The New Zealand Police and the (some not all) associated Judges Ministers and Ministries have contravened their own Bill of Rights, their own Criminal Code (particularly Section 116), the United Nations ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) an have violated our Human Rights both as individuals and as a family.”

Please refer to the more extensive discussion and disclosure found at http://goolsbee.net .

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Happy birthday Masami 2013. All my love,    

                                                               -William hearth

the shattered moon ever returns to still waters-

Where fore then, my beloved star?



Listening to silkworms spin cocoons.


Visiting the Grave of Jesus in Srinagar, Kashmir, by Stephen Knapp « Stephen Knapp

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Posted on February 6, 2011 by Stephen Knapp

I had visited the place that is called the grave of Jesus in Srinagar, Kashmir in June of 2007. And, actually, unless you know the history and controversy about this little building, there is not much that will give any indications of this being the grave of Jesus. But it is good that I went when I did, because now it is locked and off-limits to foreigners, especially westerners.

This place is also called the Roza bal, or Rauza bol, which means “tomb of the prophet.” This is the burial place of Yuz Asaph (or Asaf), in the center of Srinagar’s old part of town. The name  Yuz Asaph is said to relate to Jesus. Some people believe it is the grave of Jesus and others think it is all based on faulty premises, meaning it is merely a rumor or urban legend. However, there is a complete line of logic behind this, so I will only give you the evidence and what people say and you can decide for yourself. That way, if you are ever in Srinagar, you can have some understanding of the significance of this place and check it out yourself.

via Visiting the Grave of Jesus in Srinagar, Kashmir, by Stephen Knapp « Stephen Knapp.

Were Yuz Asaf and Jesus of Nazareth the same person? – by Silvia Dekumbis – Helium

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by Silvia Dekumbis

Created on: June 08, 2010

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are central elements of the doctrine of Christianity.  The Koran, however, contains a verse that not only leads to different interpretations, but could convince us that Jesus was not killed.  He is believed to have passed away in India, buried in the town of Srinagar.  Clues hidden within the bible have prompted careful readers to believe that Jesus did survive his crucifixion.

In addition to hidden suggestions that the burial was not done properly in accordance to Jewish traditions, the Gospel of John also refers to two items, aloe and myrrh, which were taken to the tomb.  In Judaism, aloe and myrrh, were never used to embalm bodies but were applied to one’s body to heal its wounds.

via Were Yuz Asaf and Jesus of Nazareth the same person? – by Silvia Dekumbis – Helium.

“A book for intelligent readers.” ~researchers are loving it!

Mary Magdalene's Ancestors Tuya Cleopatra VII Tutankhamun Ankhenaten“This magnificent work by William Hearth

…is sure to ruffle some feathers! ”

“A book for intelligent readers. William Hearth’s perspective pioneers an entirely new way of viewing Mary Magdalene and the ORMUS phenomena. Provocative and scandalous. Be prepared for a great deal of controversy and outrage. It isn’t just another watered-down poke at Mary Magdalene. The information spans several thousands of years leading up to the period of the birth of Mary Magdalene, the Jesus movement and the early beginnings of the ORMUS phenomena. Looks like a lot of historical, academic and speculative research went into the preparation for the book. The ORMUS aspect was intriguing. I was fascinated at the prospect of Mary Magdalene having been an alchemist and high-priestess of the Temple of Hathor.”

Eagerly Awaited Novel by William Hearth Ponders Secret Alchemy of Mary Magdalene


Historical romance inferring scandalous romantic links between Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot, heralds arrival of Volume II in William Hearth’s series of fearless historical scholarship. Did their lives represent defiance of rabbinical law? What if these well-known historical figures, tempted by fate to become lovers, were actually vegetarians; linked by dietary practice to the religious and cultural traditions proffered by Pythagoras, Buddhism and Ahimsa?Such knowledge would demand from us a more conscientious approach to life. Read now, the insidiously artful “Secret Alchemy of Mary Magdalene Revealed “Part A” and be ready when “Part B” is released this Christmas. Much anticipated “Novel” arrives in spring 2011.

Hearth speculates, “At a time when ancient vegetarian philosophies clashed with the Judaic-temple practice of slaughtering innocent animals for blood sacrifice…” one question in particular begs an answer: “What if these star-crossed lovers, were actually vegetarians? Their Way of Life and dietary practices would have caused them to be labeled as heretics and outcasts throughout Judean society as being Blasphemous… A crime punishable by death,” whereas these days, such knowledge might elicit a more conscious, enlightened Way of Life.
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“Magnificent at so many levels!” 5 star pioneer ratings!

ORMUS ~ The Secret Alchemy of Mary Magdalene Revealed Part [A] is a collection of excerpts from the foundational research supporting the greatly anticipated novel from newly acclaimed author William Hearth.

Focusing on events that lead up to the advent of the Jesus Movement in the Levant,  Hearth’s upcoming historical romance promises to be both highly entertaining and informative. The points of view, although drawn from timelines commonly accepted in orthodox religious circles, present a new and refreshing set of possibilities and hope for a generation born into a world filled with pollution, concerns of human injustice, endangered species and a world on the brink of complete environmental meltdown.

Heart makes the point that History is contrived at best. And Mary Magdalene’s history was not immune to corruption, as it has also been rewritten, time and again, to suit the whims and private agendas of countless despot rulers, both during her lifetime as well as centuries after her tenure in the Levant. Even today authors offer unruly and absurd assumptions concerning her history and person.

Water Water Everywhere, and not a drop to drink!

Blog Action Day 2010: Water

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.


Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.

But, water moves beyond just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.

  • A Human Right: In July, to address the water crisis, the United Nations declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right over. But we are far from implementing solutions to secure basic access to safe drinking water. More Info »
  • 40 Billion Hours: African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink. More Info »
  • 38,000 Children a Week: Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions. More Info »
  • Wars Over Water: Many scholars attribute the conflict in Darfur at least in part to lack of access to water. A report commissioned by the UN found that in the 21st century, water scarcity will become one of the leading causes of conflict in Africa. More Info »
  • Cell Phones vs. Toilets: Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets, but many more have access to a cell phone. More Info »
  • Food Footprint: It takes 24 liters of water to produce one hamburger. That means it would take over 19.9 billion liters of water to make just one hamburger for every person in Europe. More Info »
  • Technology Footprint: The shiny new iPhone in your pocket requires half a liter of water to charge. That may not seem like much, but with over 80 million active iPhones in the world, that’s 40 million liters to charge those alone. More Info »
  • Fashion Footprint: That cotton t-shirt you’re wearing right now took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters. More Info »
  • Bottled Water Footprint: The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled. More Info »
  • Waste Overflow: Every day, 2 million tons of human waste are disposed of in water sources. This not only negatively impacts the environment but also harms the health of surrounding communities.More Info »
  • Polluted Oceans: Death and disease caused by polluted coastal waters costs the global economy $12.8 billion a year. More Info »
  • Uninhabitable Rivers: Today, 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.More Info »
  • Building Wells: Organizations like Water.org and charity: water are leading the charge in bringing fresh water to communities in the developing world. More Info »
  • Technology for Good: Do you want to measure how much water it took to make your favorite foods? There’s an app for that. More Info »
  • Conservation Starts at Home: The average person uses 465 liters of water per day. Find out how much you use and challenge your readers to do that same. More Info »
  • Keeping Rivers Clean: We can all take small steps to help keep pollution out of our rivers and streams, like correctly disposing of household wastes. More Info »
  • Drop the Bottle: Communities around the world are taking steps to reduce water bottle waste by eliminating bottled water. More Info »
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Students in developing countries lose 443 million school days each year due to diseases associated with the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene. Repeated episodes of diarrhea and worm infestations diminish a child’s ability to learn and impair cognitive development. More Info »



Free Solar-Power a success 2011 “artificial leaf” water into oxygen and hydrogen fuel, mimicking photosynthesis


Solar Power imitates life in new free-energy opensource technology

The answer that will save the entire planet?

About the Lecture

In 1845, the Dietz Company of New York introduced the sperm oil lantern, which nearly wiped out some whale species. A decade or so later, Dietz began to manufacture lamps using other oils, and gas lighting fixtures, giving whales a reprieve. More than a century has passed, and we’re “about to do it again,” says Daniel Nocera, consuming a precious resource and endangering this time not whales but our world. Nocera wonders, “What will be the savior,” the answer that will save the entire planet?


He ticks off the grim details of our fossil fuel habit — how the world is rapidly moving from its energy consumption of 12.8 terawatts per year, to 28 terawatts by 2050. This is a simple calculation, Nocera tells us, requiring only population, GDP per capita and energy intensity. The upshot, unfortunately, is that though we do have enough carbon-based energy (oil, methane, coal) to last all of us quite a while, the CO2 we’re emitting may choke off our current way of life long before the end of the fuel.

Nocera advises his audience to put aside dreams that biomass or nuclear energy will give us what we need. Plaster the entire planet with crops we can convert to energy, and you’d still only get seven to 10 terawatts. And you’d “need one nuclear plant every 1.6 days for the next 45 years” to get eight terawatts of power. “There aren’t enough whales to get there in 45 years,” says Nocera.

His alternative for saving the planet is “far from pragmatism and reality.” Nocera’s ultimate solution seems almost magical: “water plus light equals oil.” The proposal is to emulate photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the energy of sunlight to fuel. Scientists are racing to design structures that can catch light the way a leaf does, then capture the energy of this light using chemical bonds, and then somehow store this energy. Some researchers are focusing on photobiological water splitting. Nocera’s group is working “on a wireless current, an artificial leaf.” While the goal “is to see what nature’s structures tell you,” Nocera acknowledges that “if you try to place what’s in nature in a beaker, it probably won’t work.”

There’s massive urgency to working out the basic science of solar energy conversion. Forget 2050, says Nocera. “Science has got to get it done in the next 10 years, because it will take an enormous amount of time to implement”.