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Liberty and Freedom
11/06 - 2016

Liberty and Freedom

Tonight, around the Statue of Liberty, the Solar Impulse team is celebrating the freedom of flying perpetually, of remaining airborne day and night without fuel. This is the liberty offered to us by modern clean technologies and renewable energy. A taste of what the world can become: clean, respectful, efficient and environmentally friendly. The solutions exist, we just need the courage to get rid of our dependancy on old technologies and break the walls of our habits. 

Most of the time, it’s not the limits to our freedom that prevent us from accomplishing our dreams, but the limitations that we built and inflict on ourselves. That’s why we have to break free from the dogmas we learned, from the certitudes and beliefs that keep us prisoners of old ways of thinking. Freedom doesn't mean having everything we want, as we cannot always control the outside world, but allowing ourselves to think in all directions and imagine the solutions to invent a better future.

For 130 years, the Statue of Liberty has been welcoming pioneers and explorers to New York: the winners of the Blue Ribbon, Wilbur Wright in 1908, the airships of the 1930s, and even a submarine. It was the one my father built to explore the Gulf Stream, the oceanic current that is so crucial to climate stability in the Northern hemisphere. I was 11 years old at that time and couldn’t yet imagine that today Solar Impulse would circle this symbol of freedom in front of the Manhattan skyline.

Bertrand Piccard

This blog post has been originally published here, original story for Caran d'Ache 

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