The MEER:ReflEction

Rebalancing Earth's energy flows and restoring her biogeochemical cycles by achieving carbon neutrality through engineering that renewed values have informed


Dr. Ye Tao Presenting at COP26


We envision a new role for Homo sapiens: stabilizer of the natural world and steward of its ecosystems. This new role requires appreciation for Earth’s dynamic and delicate climate system, deep-rooted respect for the finiteness of her abiotic physical resources, high awareness of our interconnectedness with other species, and the simultaneous emergence of efficient fabrication technologies and universal social values that are transformative. It is a role that can lead to a future of hope and plenty, for us and for the other creatures, with whom we share this radiant blue, swirling white, planet of life.


Our fourfold mission is:

  • To reflect solar radiation away from Earth to cool the biosphere;

  • To redirect solar radiation to capture its potential for enhancing food production and generating carbon-neutral energy;

  • To reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane by facilitating the biological and accelerating the chemical processes that are endemic to Earth’s oceans and atmosphere;

  • To establish an open and transparent network that promotes panhuman equity and solidarity and that supports those values through relentless innovation.

"Temperature rise, this is the biggest and gravest concern that we face. We are overstepping a heat threshold. Thermal stress decimates biodiversity, ruining aquatic, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems alike. Humans may not be around once we transgress that redline. If we survive, we can have conversations about low emissions and deacidification. Prioritize temperature—then worry about greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and carbonic acid in the oceans!" Dr. Ye Tao

The Right First Step for Cooling Earth and Healing Her Ecosystems

Deploying arrays of mirrors is that right first step. MEER:ReflEction is a comprehensive, grand, and versatile engineering framework that is feasibly based on Earth’s ecological functioning and her resource availabilities. It addresses climate change: particularly our situation’s urgency, which rising temperatures and weather extremes are causing. It also reshapes energy production and consumption, allowing us to make the transition to renewables.

The MEER:ReflEction Framework calls for the deployment of thin film-coated glass mirrors that are arranged in arrays. The Framework is designed to achieve five results: biodiversity recovery by restructuring agricultural primary production in a world where heat is abundant and water is scarce; carbon dioxide drawdown by using ocean liming that relies on sustainably-produced calcium oxide; removal of secondary greenhouse gases and air pollutants via mirror-enabled atmospheric photochemical engineering; renewable energy production; and solar radiation management that increases Earth’s surface albedo.

Featured Talks

MEER at International Day of Peace 2021.mp4