Mobility is a lense through which we can measure our standard of living. Beyond the mere survival of 100%, our mobility represents our range of choice in the world, not just in the destination we choose, but in the mode of transportation. The late Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Institute famously described the ladder of wealth as a function of whether we ride on foot, by bicycle, motorbike, car, plane or spaceship. Of course, flight, as the biggest user of fuel, causes the most damage to the biosphere. This does more than threaten the planet. It further limits access to a wider humanity.
Flight is an astonishing human achievement and solving the problem of making aviation sustainable, and available, to everyone, is something entrepreneurs and investors are working all over the world to do, but we also need to invest in the training that produces the ideas to make that particular great goal a reality. Canada's Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA)
is a world leading hub model for sustainable aviation and aerospace research, technology, and education, that we want to call your attention to, and to help us support it, and many more like it so we can develop the human talent to make flight, and every form of mobility we invent in the future, net positive, and available to everyone.