Last year, The Netherlands lost its pioneer shuttle autronaut Wubbo Ockels. More than a 'regular' space austronaut he considered himself to be an astronaut of spaceship earth, stimulating and promoting sustainability and the use of renewable energy. I had the honor of meeting him several times. He also attended and spoke at two of our solar energy related conferences.
I've gotten to know him as an inspring, open, personally interested, enthusiastic and visionary person, always open to learn about new initiatives focused on improving the future of mankind, while saving our precious planet. While others spend much time on talking, Wubbo rather spent his time on actually doing something. With his head in space and his feet on the ground he knew that saving earth is a top priority and acted from 'inside' the atmosphere to actually develop solutions for our challenges.
On his very last day on spaceship earth, Wubbo recorded a moving speech (which has been made available only recently), which you can view and read below. In an emotional and striking manner he made a final appeal to all of us to do our bit and help save the earth from its sickness.
To us at Solarplaza, this was a good wake-up call and motivation to kick off the new year. We have a clear mission and will try to do our part in promoting and facilitating clean energy!
If we would all have a tiny part of his visionary spirit and energy, we may yet have a bright future ahead for speaceship earth!