Matt Parker

Mega Grants Incubator 2020 Awardee

Matt Parker

Mega Grants Project

The OpenAir Collective

The OpenAir Collective is a global volunteer collective advancing Direct Air Carbon Capture (DACC) solutions to the climate crisis through collaborative research and development, advocacy, and demonstration-based missions.

The numbers are clear. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to zero is essential to surviving the climate crisis. But unfortunately, it’s no longer enough. Climate restoration—that is, bringing emissions down to pre-industrial levels—is now a crucial front in the fight. We recycle, we march, we donate, but we want to do something more, to play an active role in preserving our planet for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.

Now we can.

The OpenAir Collective, through its varied missions to advance Direct Air Carbon Capture (DACC), is a chance to progress an industry critical to fighting off the worst effects of climate change. We’re taking our greenhouses gases back. But we can’t do it without you.

DACC uses a chemical reaction to remove CO2 from ambient air. The carbon removed by DACC can be safely and permanently mineralized in the earth and stored in everyday abundant materials, like concrete. Imagine a world where cities have the same carbon sink capabilities as wetlands—that’s a future that DACC can make a reality.

To push DACC forward, everyone is going to need to be involved. That means lawyers, designers, engineers, programmers, community organizers, makers, marketers, and everyone in between. We may sometimes feel helpless as individuals, but as a collective group of diverse, passionate professionals, we can advance this technology in ways that industry alone can’t.

OpenAir creates specific, skill set-based volunteer opportunities that utilize your individual abilities, so that you can make a big impact in this fight. You’re not just another face in the crowd—you’re a member of the OpenAir Collective.

Our impact is the sum total of our members’ individual creativity, commitment, and connectedness, all pooled together and pointed toward one goal.