Friday, December 25, 2009

Global Moral Lipodystrophy & the Micro Revolutions -- Volume II


Population expands to eat the food available

By 2050, another 2 billion astronauts on Spaceship Earth ?

Norman Borlaug -- Father of the "Green Revolution" dies at 95

Monkeys with shotguns awarded laureate for marksmanship.

New Nobel Prizes ? -- for Meteorology, Agronomy, Ecology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, Forestry, Astronomy, Family Planning, Micro Economic Paradigms and ...... Gastronomy ?


Since this seminal Christmas-Day post a year ago today, not much has changed in the world:

Global Moral Lipodystrophy & the Micro Revolutions

The World is Fat [ sic ] -- some parts anyway

December 25, 2008


Indeed, a year later, the moneyed flabby in the Developed World have gotten fatter, and the un-moneyed Poor in the Developing World have gotten skinnier. And not a single NGO, charity, foundation, government agency nor corporation worldwide has stepped forward to financially support any of the Micro Revolutions advocated a year ago by Carbon Manna Unlimited in San Diego, even though over 1,000 of them have been contacted 1 by 1. So there are no fatsos at Carbon Manna either.

Lamentably, today, 700 million to 1 billion+ human beings are malnourished and experience hunger daily. But the body mass indices of 100s of millions of the wealthy in the Developed World continue to balloon.

Feted agronomist Norman Borlaug recently joined the pharaohs, and 1,000s of news sources laud his contributions to crop science that allowed "billions" more people to burden the Earth. But were the peta-calories or exa-calories that Norman created evenly distributed across the waistline of Mankind ? No. Did he successfully photoshop or Botox the creased Face of Global Hunger ? No. Did his work mitigate in any way the matricidal environmental externalities inflicted on Mama Gaia by these new billions of mouths ? No.

So today, 100s of millions more human beings are hungry. And Mother Earth still suckles us excess billions though we kick against Her shins daily. So why the accolades for Norman Borlaug ?

Rather, Mankind should anoint anyone who could PREVENT billions more people from being born into a bleak existence in the Maw of Despair (or, as they might say in Kenya -- in the Mau Forest of Despair). And Womankind should praise anyone who could invent sustainable, markets-based systems or paradigms to redistribute existing wealth and calories more equitably across time-space barriers and national and international borders.

Just as work expands to fill the time available, population expands to eat the food available. Mortifying projections call for another 2 billion astronauts on Spaceship Earth by 2050. But should allll these new people even be born? Cannot the current 6.6 billion Homo sapiens on Earth fulfill all our needs ? Will crop science produce new "miracles" to unevenly "feed" even more mouths ? And are the externalities imposed on Planet Earth by each new human being offset just because that person is "fed" ? -- however poorly ?

No, rather, each incremental human life kills Mother Earth a little bit more. Technology will never innovate fast enough to mitigate the incremental environmental externalities inflicted by each human born.

"...and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the Heavens, and as the sand which is on the seashore..." -- Genesis 22:17.

Easter Island is the Future of this Blue Dot in the Heavens. In the end we will eat our seed corn, and then eat our own seed -- a la Leningrad, medium well, cooked over broken furniture...

Would you like fries with that ?

Therefore, for the Redemption of Mankind, and for the Salvation of Mother Earth, I propose the inauguration of new Nobel Prizes or Kyoto Prizes or X Prizes or ..... Palella Prizes !? -- for the following fields:

* Meteorology
* Hydrology
* Agronomy / Crop Science
* Food Science / Nutrition
* Ecology
* Oceanography
* Atmospheric Sciences
* Forestry
* Astronomy / Space Sciences
* Family Planning / Population Management
* Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Management
* Green Energy / Alternative Energy
* Markets-based/Sustainable Philanthropy
* Conflict Resolution (historical, not projected. Duh.)
* Micro Economic Paradigms [ my favorite ], and
* _________...? <<-- add your favorite here.

Accelerated innovation in all these fields is now more important to Mankind's and Earth's survival than the current prize categories. Time is of the essence to save Ourselves. Philanthropists ! -- if you love Mankind as your name says -- step forward now and richly incentivize and reward innovators in these other fields as well.

"Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"

[ "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -- written December 25th, 1864. ]

Merry Christmas ! -- December 25th, 2009

David A. Palella
Chief Carbon Santa

San Diego, CA
tel: 858-793-0741
email (backup):


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Carbon Manna -- Two Novel Cell-phone-based Microfinance Mechanisms


Carbon Manna -- Two Novel Cell-phone-based Microfinance Mechanisms based on reduced use of non-renewable biomass fuel

Carbon Manna Unlimited's reduced-fuel-expense Micro-Savings Program, and separate Carbon-Micro-Offset Monetization System will provide timely and sustainable liquidity to the savings poor in East Africa

Daily Cash Savings on fuel of 15 - 40 U.S. cents/day will Sustainably Fund
Micro-Savings Programs in Kenya/East Africa and Allow Faster Repayment of Traditional Microfinance Loans

[from ideas conceived during November 2009]

We at Carbon Manna Unlimited in San Diego (a non-profit corporation) have developed two novel, universally-applicable, cell-phone- and NON-debt-based, highly-scalable forms of microfinance that we call the Carbon Manna(sm) System. They are:

(1) the Carbon Micro-PROFIT-Sharing System -- comprising monetization of 1,000s of aggregated carbon-micro-offsets via the European GS-VER market (Gold Standard - Voluntary Emission Reduction market); and

(2) the Reduced-fuel-expense Micro-Savings Program -- an SMS-based behavior-modification program that teaches families to bank their daily cash savings on fuel of 15 - 40 U.S. cents/day.

Both mechanisms are based on reduced combustion of non-renewable biomass fuel and employ a highly efficient, low-cost cook-stove custom designed by our for-profit sister company in Kenya, Carbon Manna Africa Ltd. The stoves are serialized and matched uniquely with each family's cell phone number.

Broadcast SMS messages and customized content regarding personal finance, public health, women & children's rights, nutrition, etc., will be sent to all families.

Monetized carbon offsets and cash fuel savings may be banked and converted back to cash as needed using existing MMT (Mobile Money Transfer) systems such as Safaricom's M-Pesa or Zain's ZAP systems in the case of East Africa.

The two mechanisms can be implemented sequentially -- the Micro-Savings Program immediately, and the Carbon Micro-PROFIT-Sharing System later as paperwork is completed for the carbon-offset market.

Our large-scale, pilot cook-stove project in Kenya (managed by Carbon Manna AFRICA Ltd.), which includes the ancestral hometown of President Obama, is in late-stage planning. See:


We plan to scale the Kenyan effort up to 100,000 - 250,000 families within 5 years.

Most notably, we believe these two novel microfinance mechanisms have a number of advantages over, and will scale much faster than, micro-debt, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

Finally, in the case of corporate sponsors in the wireless or consumer products industries, Carbon Manna(sm) offers an auditable "ROI on CSR" investments, a rare result in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) field.

In the case of individuals, donations to Carbon Manna Unlimited in San Diego (a California-incorporated public charity) are 100% tax-deductible through our umbrella 501c3 status with The GlobalGiving Foundation in Washington, DC.

We hope you will support our efforts in Kenya and/or some other part of the Developing World of interest to you. Being cell-phone- and markets-based, Carbon Manna(sm) is universally applicable.

More background about Carbon Manna(sm) may be found by visiting the links below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Globally & warmly yours, David Palella

David A. Palella
SAN DIEGO, California
cell: 619-787-5767
email (backup):

Carbon Manna Unlimited to Present at Kenyan Business Conference

"One Cell Phone per Child" Grand Challenge Announced by CarbonManna(C) Unlimited

Carbon Manna(C) Unlimited Announces Solar Manna(C) & Forest Manna(C),
and Filing of a U.S. Patent Application for the Cell Phone-Based
Carbon Micro-Profit-Sharing System

World's First Cell-Phone-Based Carbon-Micro-Credits Implementation
Progressing in Kenya


Want an extra $250 a year? Adopt fuel-efficient stoves

Kenyan farmers could reap from carbon trading

Personal carbon trading


I will be/was a speaker or keynote speaker at:

2nd Kenya Diaspora Int'l Conference & Investment Forum

20-22 August 2009, Atlanta, GA


"Microfinance for Institutional Investors"

21-23 Sept. 2009, Washington, DC


Green Business Africa Summit & Expo

June 2010, Nairobi, Kenya