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Clean Air

Clean Air

Clean air is one of the most basic conditions for human survival. However, today more than 90% of the world’s population lives in areas with toxic air. This crisis has led to an estimated 4 million to 7 million premature deaths per year due to air pollution, the fifth-leading cause of death in the world and also affecting the health and welfare of hundreds of millions more. This problem is particularly acute in countries experiencing rapid developmental growth.

Our Grand Challenge seeks to empower and enable people everywhere to have clean air, so they live their full lives, realize their full potential, and—finally—take a deep breath.

 

“I spent no more than six hours in Beijing. Yet I still remember the acrid smell, the choking sensation, landing in an airport and not being able to see the planes at the other gates. And I still remember the cough that lasted for days afterward, the fear that went along with it. I am motivated because I know that for almost 7 billion people around the globe, that pollution is a fact of life, not an airport they can leave. And I am determined that that shall not be the fate of humankind.”

- DAN SELZ, CLEAN AIR TEAM

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Team Sponsor

Green China is an environmentally and ecologically minded group of highly successful Chinese businesspeople and policy makers devoted to funding and committing their resources to the betterment of China’s and the world’s society.

China’s continued economic growth is increasingly dependent on transformation to a knowledge-driven economy. Green China engages global society’s foremost business, educational, political, and technology leaders to facilitate this transformation. It will mediate, invest in, and support outreach of innovation and education around the world.

Green China harnesses China’s immense resources, storied history, technologically advanced infrastructure, and increasingly affluent population to facilitate change in a precedent-setting manner.

Green China’s initial international investments include partnerships with globally prestigious change makers such as TED, XPRIZE , and Singularity University, with its investments ruled by social consciousness and impact.

Meet the Team

Chris Bush

Chris Bush
Impact Designer

“I am driven to impact the world and make a positive difference. I love to build things and have an ability to see how disparate things fit together to solve challenges. I love to work with people and open their minds so they can break free of the excuses and false concepts that hold them back. I have been a visionary for more than 20 years and am a proven autodidact. I am a relentless competitor and researcher and am perpetually seeking challenges.

I am most excited about Visioneers 2017 because of the timing. We are on the cusp of a massive shift in the world we live in. Accelerating technologies are converging in previously unimagined ways and arriving at the point we predicted. Perfect.”

Daniel Selz

Daniel Selz
Impact Designer

“I am driven by what has been called the ‘fierce urgency of now’—the sense that we are at a unique moment in human history, one with unparalleled opportunity and unthinkable danger. To that end, I am passionate about space exploration and figuring out how to integrate technological advances into our lives in a way that increases meaning and joy for humankind instead of diminishing it. I will be bringing skill sets in communication, storytelling, research, and business modeling. I am most excited to work with an amazing team of passionate people who will all be tackling their own challenges and learning from one another."