From The Heart Of The World-The Elder Brothers Warning
Healthy Homes and Eco-Sustainable Interiors
Design and development of cost-effective Healthy Homes packages to include sustainable alternative energies, eco-compatible materials, water and effluent treatment systems.
Design and development of Interior furniture and furnishing products using natural finishes and materials, sourcing timbers from sustainably managed resources.
Construction and development of approximately one hundred units including services, retail and recreation facilities such as swimming pool, health care centre, local arts and crafts centre.
Approximately 20 hectares for the first stage and an additional 20 hectares for the second stage of development.
These units to be constructed with natural materials sourced locally where possible. The interiors and exteriors in eco-compatible natural finishes, forms and colours that harmonise with the local surroundings and environment.
Clean energy sources like solar heating, photovoltaic panels, wind, compatible electric wiring, etc. Eco-compatible heating and cooling systems.
Waste, water and effluent disposal
Internal treatment and recycling package.
Waste to energy conversion (green electricity)
Solid Waste Energy Recycling Facility with the annual capacity of 150,000 tonnes of household waste to generate sufficient power for 12,000 households.
The technology to have one of the most environmentally sustainable options for the treatment of waste. Separating high value recyclables such as metals, plastics and glass from the organic matter. The organic pulp is then transformed into biogas which is to be used in the production of electricity.
Environmental benefits will include; the reduction of landfill putrescible materials, the recovery of high value recyclable materials, as well as substantial greenhouse gas abatement by offsetting the use of methane generating virgin fossil fuels for electricity generation with biogas.
Energy efficient lighting
ESD is interested in the development and distribution of energy efficient lighting systems for domestic and public sectors. These systems to include LED, compact fluorescent and high efficiency linear fluorescent lighting.
International centre for sustainable living
Ecosustainable living models with infrastructure and facilities
Ecosustainable display homes, offices and recreational facilities
Ecosustainable education, research and development
International exchange centre for sustainability
An Introduction to the Findhorn Foundation
Ecovillages: Thoughts on igniting a revolution >>>
by Reinhold Ziegler and Chris Cogswell
A major key to their long-term success is helping them go from "good idea" to "economic and ecological imperative." Another key to their success is creating designs for a superior way of life that are so compelling to the general public that their adoption becomes but a matter of time. Here are some suggestions toward these ends.
Economic Abundance, Time Freedom, Genetic Potential, and Ecological Integrity
The idealized and emerging ecovillage is a wonderful thing. No doubt permeating modern life with insights and technologies designed to enhance ecological balance and social cohesiveness is a vast improvement over the status quo. However, because of the speed of ecological breakdown on planet Earth, it is essential that we make ecovillages more than a good idea - they must be inevitable, irresistible, and unstoppable, and their proliferation must solve many of humanity's most intractable problems at the same time. Ensuring this requires tapping the two most powerful forces on the planet - Nature and evolution itself.
Life in the 21st century western world is characterized by greed, speed, and scarcity. All around the world people know that there is something wrong with the status quo, but what alternative is there? With the fall of Communism as an (even theoretical) alternative, there is truly no robust challenge to the hegemony of global capitalism; that is, except Nature. While capitalism wars with the biosphere, pitting citizens by design against the interests of their children and grandchildren, ecovillages can offer a powerful alternative, but only by working with, and very respectfully, harnessing the vast forces of Nature. We can unleash the ecovillage revolution without having to beg for money, ask for permission, or wait for decades until the oceans rise and everyone finally wakes up. All we need is to find one person with a few million dollars who wants to help turn things around on this planet (and double their investment).
There is nothing more abundant than a seed, carrying within it the potential for a whole tree which, over its lifetime, will produce countless seeds and other abundance. In fact, for sheer, outrageous excess, Nature knows no equal. By harnessing this abundance through Eco-Estates and added-value production, we can ensure the creation of ecovillages all around the world, for time immemorial. With one investment of $12 million, a "Mother Grove" can be established on 1000 acres of land in need of regeneration by pioneering ecovillagers. Over the next 10 years, imagine if the $200 million in revenues (conservatively estimated) from this grove were apportioned in the following ways: ($ in US Dollars)
$24 million - Investor returns <> $11 million - GEN (or other global co-ordinating body/network) <> $10 million - Mother Grove operations <> $10 million - Mother Grove Ecovillage (self supporting) <> $10 million - Establish Center for Ecology, Entrepreneurship, and Ecovillages to train people in the ways of sustainable agriculture/forestry, ecological business/natural capitalism, and ecovillage design (self-supporting) <> $15 million - Establish global Gaia Bank for ecovillages and their businesses <> $120 million - Creation of 10 new "Mother Groves" around the world, on all continents (interest-bearing investment, repaid over 10 years)
This is not a get rich quick scheme - rather, it is about getting rich slowly but surely, and using the wealth to heal the planet. By the year 2020, with ten Mother Groves around the world, total revenues will be $2 billion, and 20 million trees will have been planted. A precondition for the creation of these Mother Groves would be that they would be required to invest 60% of revenues in new Groves: ten per decade per grove. The exponential growth of these groves would yield over a hundred thousand groves with ecovillages, over 30 billion trees planted, and trillions of dollars in total revenues by 2050. Such a plan would present the world an irresistable alternative to the status quo, and would make ecovillages truly inevitable and unstoppable,
Year # Groves/Ecovillages Global Revenues # Trees Planted To Date <> 2011 11 $200 million 200,000 <> 2021 110 $2 billion 20.2 million <> 2031 1,100 $20 billion 220.2 million <> 2041 11,000 $2 trillion 2.2 billion <> 2051 110,000 $20 trillion 22.2 billion
Such a plan would go a long way toward eliminating money as a limiting factor for the development of ecovillages around the world, and could easily form the basis for an entirely new global currency and economy based on a sustainable, regenerative relationship with nature. This plan would fix carbon massively, thus benefiting the biosphere and helping to reduce global warming. Keep in mind that as these measures are shown to be successful and superior to the status quo, their rapid adoption around the globe could result in figures that dwarf those listed above.
Additionally, a new culture based on sustainable abundance, diversity, co-operation, and the celebration of humanity's genetic potential could be established. Were these groves to also emphasize synergistic, sustainable, high quality nutrient-dense added-value food production, they could be beacons of light for humanity, leading the way toward an era of optimal health, magnificent physical development, and productive/creative longevity. After the assaults of the 20th century, humanity's degenerative spiral could stop, and our physical and spiritual evolution could resume in full force.
(Imagine global codes of conduct that include a maximum 20 hour work week, creative co-operation, celebration of nature, and lots of creative expression, culture, and fun! All made possible by the fabulous abundance of the ecologically designed Groves....)
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