Hope - A Speech to the United Nations by Gavin Simpson
My name is Gavin Simpson. I am from Houston, Texas and I am 16 years old. Although I am below the minimum age requirement of 18 for the UN climate change summit, I believe it is never too early to get involved in changing the world for good. Over the past few years, I have traveled across the United States, Africa and South Asia in search of a global, yet local solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today, not 10 or 20 years from now.
If you are listening to this video or reading the letter, you are my friend. My friends and I have a big hairy audacious goal to reduce green house gas emissions by 20% by 2020. This means reducing the amount of single occupancy vehicles on the road by 20% and reducing green house gas emissions by 5 gigatons in one year. We can’t do it alone, we need your help.
The movement I have started with some of my friends is called GoGreenNYC.org and GoGreenAmerica.org and GoGreenChicago.org and GoGreenBeijing.org and GoGreenNorway.org and GoGreenChina.org . Well, you get the picture as we started this domain name sequence for every major city in the world to start a local yet global movement to make a solution to the greenhouse gas emissions crisis now.
The problem is most transportation seats around the world remain empty because there is no market to properly allocate the empty capacity. The solution we have developed and promoted is exceptional, unique and immediate. Our software solution is named SeatsX. The “Seats” stand for any seat in an automobile, vanpool, bus, train, plane, boat or subway. The “X” stands for market exchange like a stock or commodity market. The SeatsX solution is a global market-based technology solution with a city by city local go green movement implementation.
Specifically, the SeatsX software is a market-based solution to fill empty transportation-based seats to reduce Green House Gas emissions, increase world per capita income, promote community, provide many new transportation options, reduce texting while driving deaths and promote equality of all seeking or providing transportation. The SeatsX solution creates virtual subway routes for automobiles, vanpools, busses, trains, planes and subways to standardize the specification of a “seat” to make it tradable like a stock or commodity. The innovation is unlike any other in the world in that it is the first system where a seat can be traded once or re-traded many times like a stock or commodity (oil). The SeatsX solution harnesses the power of financial markets to fill seats and reduce emissions.
Over the past three years we developed the software which you may access on any web browser across the world in any city at SeatsX. The SeatsX software is a live real time commodity forward market for rides between any two points.
Over the past two months, we have made signs and emailed everyone we know in Texas, NY, California, Africa and South Asia to get the word out about our solution SeatsX. Our efforts have resulted in over 1,000,000+ web page views and 30,000+ have joined our web App software to make a commitment to carpool, vanpool or ride public transportation at least one day a week.
We have been able to meet with such policy makers such as Janette Sadik-Khan who helped Mayor Michael Bloomberg make more open public places for pedestrians in NYC. We have met with the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, the head of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, Salim Saifullah Khan who is a senator in Pakistan. We have also met with leaders in Africa such as Muhammed Traore who is the president of the Malian Tennis federation. All of these policy makers have our support and we intend to keep helping get the message out with our SeatsX solution.
There is no place more influential than the United Nations to help us get the word out for this global, yet local solution. This SeatsX solution does not need to wait for electric cars or autonomous vehicles, it does not need public policy changes, it does not need the president of a country or a prime minister, this is a movement about letting people change their destiny today, one ride at a time. This SeatsX solution is about a bunch of littles who can change the world this year.
I humbly and eagerly seek the opportunity to speak before the United Nations to harness their global support for this local based solution in every country of the world through software, community and purpose. We wish a Go Green Solution for all. All humans have the right to clean air, increasing their income, safe community, more transportation options, reduced texting while driving deaths and equality of all people seeking or providing transportation.
We have three very specific calls to action:
1) Sign The SeatsX Go Green Now Pledge
2) Make a free account on SeatsX to share a commute
Commit to Clean Commuting by taking a carpool, vanpool or
public transport on your commute at least 1 day a week.
Give a ride. Make Money. Get a Ride. Save Money and time.
3) Buy a Go Green Shirt for your local city to support the movement
and show your commitment and share the SeatsX WebApp with 10 friends.
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SeatsX.com is a market for transportation seats. We are not another transportation network company. Simply create an account of SeatsX.com, set up payment and banking instructions, then participate. We are better together!
Bid on a single ride, multi-day, weekdays or even a whole year at a time to lock in the price. Pay for your car by virtually selling off one, two or three of the seats for a year or two at a time.
Smart Cities recommend SeatsX.com to their constituents. Save billions on reduced wear and tear on roads while making your city the most congestion free zone on the planet. SeatsX.com may create virtual hubs anywhere which give your city an effective high frequency virtual subway system with existing assets making the investment capital free for the city.
A virtual hub is an address which is common to many people on the system. 85% of all seats are empty. So we made a market to fill them. The seat price is set by the market, not by a company. SeatsX.com is transportation for the people by the people. Don’t see a Virtual Hub where you are going? Make one and set an offer or bid. Our system is only limited by your imagination. The people drive the market, not us.
Inquire to have SeatsX.com come to your state or city.
Safety is our first concern. First, our system knows every rider and driver on the system through their account and our continual vetting process and vetting algorithms. Second, we have a patented 911 system which records a video and voice recording of any situation from your mobile device which is of concern to our drivers or riders. SeatsX.com has a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who has been documented and verified in our 911 system to cause a problem.
No smoking; No solicitation; No music without headphones; No Eating; No talking on cell phones; texting only; No texting while driving; No non-covered beverages; No heavy perfume, cologne or body odor; Buckle up; Clean cars and seats only; Drivers and Riders be on-time, you have a contract to use it or lose it unless you are able to reverse your transaction on the exchange with the same virtual hubs. If a driver is late, the buyer may purchase from another seller and the original driver pays the overage if any. If a rider is late, the bid is transferred to the driver. Be on time.
Since we are a market, not a service, we recommend using debit cards with your accounts to keep the financial service transaction costs free or minimal. We want you to keep as much of your money as possible. While we recommend debit cards, we do accept all forms of payment. If you do choose to use a credit card, your balance on SeatsX.com will be increased by your purchase amount less the applicable credit card processing fees. SeatsX.com charges 25 cents per trade for buyer and seller. The balance is transferred from buyer to seller through the SeatsX.com bid-offer market system.
10 commission free rides for each friend you refer who signs up and is approved. Help your friends save more money on transportation. Import your contact lists to help spread the network to increase rides available. We are better when we work together.
We are a market, not a taxi service. We charge 25 cents per transaction as a fee, then buyer’s bid pays the seller the balance through the SeatsX.com system. SeatsX.com empowers people, not a company. Most users will save $1,500 per person as an average annual saving rate compared to your current method of transportation. Our favorite charity to donate to is you!
Smart companies have partnered with SeatsX to compensate employees who use SeatsX.com for their commute to and from work. Smart companies contribute to clean skies and better air to attract the best employees to their city. SeatsX not only improves the quality of student life by creating a system for students to save time and money but the service actually benefits the culture of the University or School Campus itself.
Driving alone takes 127 trees to offset the CO2 impact during a typical year. 60% to 85% of all vehicle rides are with a single passenger in the car depending on where you live. Why pay for 4-7 seats when you only need one? SeatsX was invented so that you can actually buy only what you need. Why not cash in and sell you extra 3-4 seats on SeatsX.com? Riders on SeatsX have only 1/5th the environmental impact.
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