A Man on a Mission

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Michael Totten is a man with a mission to conserve our Earth. From tiny ant to giant whale he wants to conserve this planet for the present and the future.

Michael Totten is a man with a mission to conserve our Earth. From tiny ant to giant whale he wants to conserve this planet for the present and the future. “All my life I’ve been interested in so many different things,” says Totten who went to Yale and studied literature, but after much writing decided that his true passion was conserving our Earth. His main inspiration has come from Edward O. Wilson who has written six books and is a professor at Harvard, who studies ants. After Totten graduated from college he hitchhiked across the USA, and has now been to all 50 states except Alaska.
Totten’s studies continue at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Right now RMI is working on a project called Reinventing Fire which is promoting solar and wind energy and is estimated to save four trillion dollars over the next 40 years. But saving this much money comes with a price, the U.S. would have to eliminate coal, oil, and gas from their energy sources. RMI is also designing zero emission buildings and transport systems, which would use solar panels and wind energy. “Wind is the cheapest energy across the west it is around 3 cents per kilowatt hour,” Totten remarks.
One of Totten’s best experiences was scuba diving off the coast of Salawesa in Indonesia. “There were seahorses the size of my pinky fingernail and schools of fish that looked like migrating birds…” “Burning coal is killing our coral reefs and making the ocean more acidic,” he says. “If everyone could see and understand what we were losing they would feel more motivated to stop it,” Totten states