Mirrors for Earth's Energy Rebalancing 

A 501c3 nonprofit fiscally sponsored by Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs

MEER designs and develops surface-based mirror arrays and solar reflectors and welcomes partners who will help to deploy them swiftly, in both economically feasible and environmentally sensitive ways, for one purpose—to steer Earth away from a lethal heating trajectory.

"Temperature rise: this is the biggest and gravest concern that we face."

-Dr. Ye Tao, Founder & Scientific Director

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Dr. Ye Tao
Founder & Director

Dr. Ye Tao on the origins of MEER:

"I was in charge of running a lab at Harvard’s Rowland Institute to develop new microscopes to improve how we could work with nanoparticles. The more I heard about global warming and the scientific issues surrounding that from colleagues, and of how quickly the Earth would begin to experience devastating effects, I started questioning my own efforts in nanoscience, which would take decades to develop and bring to implementation. I realized that I had to re-focus my time on this much more urgent problem."

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"I have a multidisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, engineering and material science, which among today’s scientists is relatively uncommon. In nanoscience we talk a lot about dimensionality―the number or level of physical dimensions matter exists under. Climate change and greenhouse gas accumulation is in essence a three-dimensional problem because we have emitted so much gas in a three-dimensional space, Earth’s atmosphere, and it is very freely mixed.

 

In order to clean this absolutely gigantic volume of space we have in front of us a 3D engineering problem, and if you factor in the time needed to suck all the air out and circulate it through a filter, then it becomes a four-dimensional problem. 

The reason we are obsessed with getting rid of greenhouse gas is to try to open a window so the heat from Earth can escape. But what if we looked upstream? 

What if instead of trying to let the heat escape from Earth, we try to find a way to stop it from developing in the first place, just by reducing the amount of heat that is produced on the ground as the sun shines on the planet? And in fact, this is a much more efficient way of solving the problem, reducing it from its original three dimensions, to just two dimensions."

Dr. Ye Tao received a doctorate from the Department of Chemistry at MIT in 2015. He also completed the research requirements for a doctorate in Physics at ETH Zurich. To accelerate a move to Cambridge, MA, where he had been invited to lead a research lab at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, he forfeited the opportunity to defend a second doctoral dissertation. 

 

His lab got to work in 2016, but Dr. Tao’s professional trajectory unexpectedly swiveled to a new direction. After grasping the ultimate outcome of excess carbon accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere, he founded MEER (Mirrors for Earth’s Energy Rebalancing) to design, develop, and deploy, surface-based nontoxic reflectors. Bouncing solar radiation back into space to bypass the greenhouse effect of carbon emissions is his strategy for helping humanity to survive in a world that is overheating. 

 

In 2021, he left the Institute to devote himself to a singular task: the pursuit of bold and creative engineering solutions, with just applications, to perfect available options for ensuring that our biosphere—the delicate living membrane enveloping the “pale blue dot” of Earth—remains host to a boisterous parade of life. 

 

Dr. Tao expresses his love for life through awe. Always observing, he ponders over and marvels at our wonderful world: at the balance and beauty, the patterns and complexity, the fragility and resilience, of Earth’s energy flows and her ecosystems. 

TEAM

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As Director of Strategy, Peter Dynes’s focus is on developing the organization's medium and long-term goals. Peter also heads up the MEER Urban adaptation project. With a background in environmental science, he was an environmental consultant based in London for several years. He is also a director of several Irish cooperatives and is the general secretary of the Co-operative Party of Northern Ireland.

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Dancer

Belfast, Ireland

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As Director of Strategy, Peter Dynes’s focus is on developing the organization's medium and long-term goals. Peter also heads up the MEER Urban adaptation project. With a background in environmental science, he was an environmental consultant based in London for several years. He is also a director of several Irish cooperatives and is the general secretary of the Co-operative Party of Northern Ireland.

Peter Dynes

Director of Strategy

Belfast, Ireland

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As Director of Communications, Kaeza Fearn oversees internal and external communications. She brings a passion for community-building projects and helping to create connection among strangers. With a Masters in music, she also has decades of experience in event management, administration, music education, facilitation and performance.

Kaeza Fearn

Director of Communications

Massachusetts, USA

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Joseph Frankovic serves as Senior Writer. He works as a writer-editor for the Federal Government. He earned degrees in Bible, Classical Studies, Midrash, and American Studies. His mind often drifts, revisiting the sayings of Socrates, Jesus, and the Fathers (Avot). He regards Native American traditions and spirituality as priceless assets for rebalancing Earth's energy flows and replenishing her ecosystems.

Joseph Frankovic

Senior Writer

College Park, Maryland

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Glenn Goodwin is a Freelance Design Director who has worked in Branding and Packaging for over 20 years. He has just launched the APP kitchin.app which helps people in their kitchens prevent wasting food. He also does volunteer video editing for Facing Future, which hosts conversations on with scientists and climate activists who want to see our climate balanced.

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Graphic Artist

Barcelona, Spain

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As Special Projects Liaison, Rebecca Gordon analyzes media for marketing solutions. With years of experience as an architect working with structures, diagrams, color, lighting and space, she is comfortable making presentations to executives and coordinating large teams. For her college thesis, she designed an Urban Influx Center to house climate refugees.

Rebecca Gordon

Special Projects Liaison

Vermont, USA

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As Volunteer Coordinator, Kate Hill monitors the contact response forms and communicates with potential volunteers, seeking to fit them to roles within the organization. With a Masters in English Literature and a number of teaching qualifications, Kate has also worked with children for 38 years. A keen amateur musician, she loves hiking and being out in nature.

Kate Hill

Volunteer Coordinator

Market Harborough, UK

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On MEER's Translation team, ​Cristián Miquel is also the legal director of ​Chilean Senator Juan Ignacio Latorre Riveros​, where he handles legislation about water resources, global warming, human rights.​ He has also been involved in Chilean educational system studies and advocacy with decision makers for the right to quality education.

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Translations Coordinator

Santiago, Chile

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As Director of Finance, Mark Milne secures viable funding opportunities to further MEER's mission of extending earth's habitability. With decades of experience in finance, Mark currently raises money for renewable energy in Zürich, Switzerland, where he has lived for over 25 years. Mark is also a musician, outdoor sports enthusiast and father of three

Mark Milne

Director of Finance

Zürich, Switzerland

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As Volunteer Coordinator, Kate Hill monitors the contact response forms and communicates with potential volunteers, seeking to fit them to roles within the organization. With a Masters in English Literature and a number of teaching qualifications, Kate has also worked with children for 38 years. A keen amateur musician, she loves hiking and being out in nature.

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Videography

Idaho, USA

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As  Deputy Director, Barbara Sneath, PhD, coordinates all nonprofit functions through Social Environmental Entrepreneurs. A retired biological research scientist and educator at Cornell University, she has been concerned about overpopulation, overconsumption, and the destabilization of the biosphere.

Barbara Sneath

Deputy Director

Michigan, USA

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

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Eugenia Kargbo has been appointed as Africa's first chief heat officer in Sierra Leone, to shield her city from the dangerous effects of climate change.

Eugenia Kargbo

Heat Officer

Freetown, South Africa

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Mahila Housing Sewa Trust's organizes and empowers women in poor communities to improve their habitat, including clean water, toilets, electricity, adequate light, and ventilation. Through grassroots programs in habitat development, climate change resilience, and participatory governance, MHT makes habitats more resilient to heat stress, disease, and other hazards of climate change.

Mahila Housing Trust

Achmedabad, India

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Plymouth State University enables students to connect their academic and extra-curricular interests with real-world projects, global challenges, and diverse cultures while fostering personal growth from their first days on campus until long after graduation as engaged alumni. The Environmental Science and Policy program’s multidisciplinary approach helps students develop the ability to think analytically and creatively about environmental issues to be able to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems.

PSU

Plymouth State University

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Dr. Lisa Doner is lead investigator of MEER’s field experiment, including materials acquisition, mirror design and set-up, feasibility testing and data collection. An Associate Professor of Environmental Science, her research at Plymouth State University is on detection of, and education about, climate change, in the past, present and future.

Lisa Doner

Associate Professor, PSU

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Lisa Doner is an Associate Professor in Environmental Science and Policy and the Center for the Environment. She studies lake sediments to decipher past watershed changes and her primary focus is on how climate interacts with other mechanisms for change including natural catastrophe, human disturbance, and long-term trends.

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STUDENT RESEARCHERS

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Jagger Alexander is modeling incoming and outgoing solar radiation in the atmosphere. With a BA in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a minor in Earth & Environmental Sciences, he is currently pursuing an MS in Climate and Health at the University of Miami and will continue on into a career in climate change mitigation work.

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As Director of Finance, Mark Milne secures viable funding opportunities to further MEER's mission of extending earth's habitability. With decades of experience in finance, Mark currently raises money for renewable energy in Zürich, Switzerland, where he has lived for over 25 years. Mark is also a musician, outdoor sports enthusiast and father of three

Sebastian Barquin Sanchez

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Joseph Frankovic serves as Senior Writer. He works as a writer-editor for the Federal Government. He earned degrees in Bible, Classical Studies, Midrash, and American Studies. His mind often drifts, revisiting the sayings of Socrates, Jesus, and the Fathers (Avot). He regards Native American traditions and spirituality as priceless assets for rebalancing Earth's energy flows and replenishing her ecosystems.

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Albert Chang is a student at the University of California San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. He follows closely the changes in Earth’s climate system and hopes to mitigate their consequences by applying innovative energy technologies.

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Kaci Rose Goldberg attends the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. She incorporates her love and immense passion for Earth's climate in all that she does, including as an active member of the Green Team and member of student government. In the future, Kaci wants to work as a wildlife biologist and help heal our broken planet's climate.

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As Director of Strategy, Peter Dynes is in charge of business development strategies, including MEER Urban. With a scientific background he was an environmental consultant for 15 years working on projects such as the Thames Tideway. He is also director of the Co-operative Development Agency in Ireland  and sits on the board of the Society for Co-operative Studies.

Mohan Hathi

Director of Strategy

Belfast, Ireland

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Caio Rossetto Coelho is a materials engineering student researcher at Harvard University with a background in innovation and 4.0 manufacturing. He brings skills in the entrepreneurship and the technological innovation sector. Creativity is his motivational fuel and the beacon of his career.

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Santa Catarina, Brazil

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Skye Lam is currently a high-achieving scholar and the Student Body President at the Bronx High School of Science. Skye has a strong passion for saving the environment, whether it be performing extraordinary research projects or leading youth activism events around his community. He will attend Harvard University in fall, 2022,

Skye Lam

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Bronx Engineering & Tech Academy

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As  Deputy Director, Barbara Sneath, PhD, coordinates all nonprofit functions through Social Environmental Entrepreneurs. A retired biological research scientist and educator at Cornell University, she has been concerned about overpopulation, overconsumption, and the destabilization of the biosphere.

Jessica Morgan

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Gregory  Pan is pursuing an Environment and Sustainability degree at Cornell University, with a focus on sustainable energy systems and storage. He is on the Urban Built Environment team for Project MEER:ReflEction, where he works on designing solar reflective models for a variety of areas. During his free time, Gregory enjoys doing puzzles.

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As Director of Strategy, Peter Dynes is in charge of business development strategies, including MEER Urban. With a scientific background he was an environmental consultant for 15 years working on projects such as the Thames Tideway. He is also director of the Co-operative Development Agency in Ireland  and sits on the board of the Society for Co-operative Studies.

Cole Prescott

Director of Strategy

Belfast, Ireland

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Alfredo Quezada is a senior at University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he is majoring in Marine Biology with a Marine Sciences minor. He is a member of the Marine Ecology Team for MEER:ReflEction, focusing on the direct and indirect effects of the consequences of global warming on 

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Erik Schreiner is researching _________ _____ ___  _____ _____ _____ ___  _____ _____. He has always been fascinated with the potential applications nanotechnology can have across all fields of science and hopes to become more familiar with the field in the future. He is pursuing a B.A. in Physics at Harvard University.

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Harvard University

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As  Deputy Director, Barbara Sneath, PhD, coordinates all nonprofit functions through Social Environmental Entrepreneurs. A retired biological research scientist and educator at Cornell University, she has been concerned about overpopulation, overconsumption, and the destabilization of the biosphere.

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Sophia Yue attends Vanderbilt University, where she is studying Chemical Engineering and minoring in Medicine, Health, and Society. She is researching how emission byproducts from petrochemical industries can be reutilized. Sophia enjoys playing different music, reading historical biographies, and is part of a Womxn Ultimate Frisbee club team.

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