Peoples Projects Foundation has been founded in the Netherlands by IT-specialist and businessman Dixon van Iersel.
Peoples Projects is a not-for-profit Dutch foundation.
It's creation was inspired by the sustainable energy talks, writings and real-world practical solar transport engineering work of engineer, sailor, traveller, photographer and (Oscar nominated) filmmaker Anthony Howarth.
Later on, when searching for more information, I found the talks and initiatives from Dr. Wubbo Ockels (March 28, 1946 – May 18, 2014).
In 1985 Ockels participated in a flight on a space shuttle (STS-61-A), making him the first Dutch citizen in space.
After his astronaut career, Ockels was professor of Aerospace for Sustainable Engineering and Technology at the Delft University of Technology.
On May 29, 2013 it was announced that Ockels had an aggressive form of kidney cancer and a life expectancy of one to two years.
He died from complications of cancer on May 18, 2014.
His final message could not make it any more clear why we should act!
Peoples Projects Foundation's purpose is to help people become aware of :
Therefore, Peoples Projects Foundation will initiate, support and/or fund selected projects in the above fields.
It will also organise workshops and seminars, and generally seek to inform people, around the world, of what can be done now, as well as in the future, to help secure our planet.
- the possibility to re-use and recycle products and (raw) materials
- the availability of environment friendly, alternative sources of energy, which are also practical, sustainable, economical and commercially realizable right now.
THE REASON WHY
"My initial awareness was wakened at the moment my granddaughter, at that time just 6 months old, smiled at me.
Her (great) grandparents are part of generations that brought wealth and prosperity, but also pollution, war and crisis to this world.
I don't want this to be the heritage to my (grand)children.
My generation, and the generations before us, are to blame.
So, I want to earn that smile from all the children in the world by working toward an improved environment.
Hearing from Tony about the achievable possibilities for a cleaner environment by the direct use of solar energy and his ambition to promote photovoltaics as The Solar Circumnavigator inspired me to found Peoples Projects Foundation.
I hope you, as a visitor to this website, feel the same and will join me in the effort.”
Dixon van Iersel