Coots says he has done just that.
At the age of 50 he retired to Spain to concentrate on developing his own inventions, and has just launched a design he believes will have major environmental significance.
But these natural supplies will eventually run dry, while the deep underground pumps and large pipelines they use require lots of energy that in turn produce huge quantities of carbon emissions.
Mr Coots, a former Metal Box apprentice whose brother Tony still lives in Stanwix, has invented a new type of salt water distillation plant which requires no carbon fuels.
However, he insists that he has never been in it simply to make money, and has much wider aspirations for any profits he does eventually make.
want to make sure that no huge company takes this over, makes a fortune and doesn benefit the Third World, he said.
salt from freshwater using only the heat from the sun.
He has set up a company, called SolAqua, and has already secured initial support from Sir David King, Nike Vapormax Gold Black of Oxford University, who has been leading UK efforts to tackle climate change.
want to make sure this will happen and all those countries with no water or food benefit. Any desert country with a coastline can benefit, get freshwater and turn their desert into farmland. Coots, who plans to marry his fiancee Barbara in the Lake District this year, said 2010 will be a key year for his invention as he markets his designs globally.
He has interest from the Spanish and US governments and hopes momentum is gradually building.
After growing up in Currock, Barry Coots went on to oversee development of the Rapier 2000 surface to air missile and also worked on the Tornado aircraft project.
The remaining salt can then be sold on, for instance to use to grit the world roads.
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To tackle this, many countries are instead looking at how they can turn seawater into freshwater by removing the salt. A leading American science journal has said the person who can solve that, and provide low or zero cost freshwater, will become the next Bill Gates and Mr Nike Zoom Uptempo V Premium Price
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Although this would be millions, or even billions, depending on the size of the plant required, he said governments would soon get that back by saving on huge Nike More Uptempo Pippen Retro
But Mr Coots is confident his invention will soon be in huge demand globally, as it has major environmental benefits but also runs itself after an initial outlay of costs.
all about putting pressure on governments to stop talking about it and actually do something about climate change. This can do it and it just needs someone to start the ball rolling, then others will soon follow, he said.
Why this is so significant is that the majority of the world grain is produced using fossil water fresh water that is pumped from ancient underwater aquifers in places like the USA, China and India.
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