GEC is always open to new ideas. The very concept of implementing urban ecological designs into the general development paradigm is something that has been a lot slower to happen then one would have hoped. Twenty years ago when I was a work study student for the campus center for appropriate technology I got to see what a net-zero house could look like. It wasn't rocket science then and it isn't now. I'm convinced that our food and energy needs can be solved now and that economics and politics are what hold us back. For example, if the U.S took the billions spent on warfare technology and turned that to sustainable development would the need to take oil from other countries be so great?
All over the world, countries are making steps on so many levels to build ecological harmony into the paradigm. But it's got to happen both faster and more comprehensive if we are going to allow for a bright future. A future that shares this planet with all of the wonders AND the people. Basic ecology tells us that we really are dependent upon the relationships we have with the other plants and animals on this planet. It's a web and that web is frayed. We can't know when it will collapse...and we can work together to prevent it from happening.
I'll be reviewing three current eco-city projects that are happening through out the world and reporting back my results. Until then create a great day!
Forest Berg is part of the Green Earth Vision collective, producer/writer/musician for HugMachine. B.S. in Natural Resources, Forest has worked in the environmental field for over twenty years.