Eclipse Now Posted February 28, 2021 Report Share Posted February 28, 2021 Quote Our entire problem is that human lifestyle is fundamentally incompatible with natural renewal cycles, such as heavy use of fertilizers for a few years and then needing the soil to lay fallow to rejuvinate. I would put it slightly differently and say that our current technologies are incompatible. That is changing. You mentioned hemp above? That is just one example of alternative feedstocks that can fundamentally change the industrial ecosystem. I'm convinced we already have the Technology to feed, clothe, house, warm, cool, transport, and educate all 11 billion of us that are modelled to be here this century. Renewable energy and Breeder Reactors that eat nuclear waste could power our lives. New Urbanist and Ecocity plans can give us comfortable walking-distance lifestyles on a fraction of the land of suburbia. When we have to drive, EV's are on the way to provide carbon-neutral transport. There are restorative food systems that can heal instead of harm our world, with seaweed and shellfish farms able to provide all the food and protein we could need for many *times* today's population. There are positive trends in alternative meat patties based on veggies (Impossible Burger), insect patties, and even future food sources from bacteria. It turns out we are close to building Sci-Fi like bacteria farms that could entirely replace farming with fermenting - called "ferming". That could mean returning much of the grazing land on earth back to nature. https://eclipsenow.wordpress.com/food/ There are even trends in industry towards kinder, greener chemistry and more recycled building materials. We can recycle all our waste - and even use new bugs that digest and recycle all our plastics. Finally, we can empower and educate little girls in developing countries to solve population growth. Add in a little economic security in retirement and even poorer states like Kerala India can experience the 'demographic transition' without having first world levels of affluence. With all the energy we need coming from renewable energy (I include uranium from seawater in that category) and renewable materials and sustainable food sources - 11 billion people living in ecocities could be awesome. It doesn't *have* to spell doom and gloom. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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