'The single most important aspect of the project is the social direction of all nations working together on the restoration of the environment in a resources-based economy. The aim is the common heritage of all Earth's resources by all of the world's people. This we see as the only process to end the present cycle of events of war, poverty, hunger, political corruption, and environmental degradation. The technology that we present can make it possible for the global population to obtain a very high standard of living one higher than ever imagined possible.' Jacque Fresco
We know as a fact that Earth's ecosystems are vanishing rapidly; that our ice caps are melting as a result of global warming and inducing climate changes all over the world.
Additionally, population is always increasing which brings environmental problems such as pollution of rivers, and land. Some of those pollutants are bad Ozone that results from car emissions, and gasoline vapors, Particle Matter that cause health problems, Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Oxides which are produced from cars, trucks and power plants that halt oxygen delivery to our vital organs. The UN-Habitat reported that the world's cities were responsible for about 70% of emissions; however, they occupy only 2% of the planet's land. Scientists also claim that by the year 2030 oil will be such a scarce resource that it will be impractical to extract it due to the cost.
The current economic industry is ruining our non-renewable resources, including top soil and the ozone layer. This situation is seriously jeopardizing earth's sustainability. Industrialized countries are the major contributors to pollution because they demand more water, natural resources, and energy. Additionally, they supply developing countries with technology, which becomes these problems recurrent.
The goal of the VP designers is to protect and return the earth to its original functioning condition. In order to accomplish this task, they say, anything we produce must be sourced with clean renewable energy. A long and lasting, sustainable, environment will be the result of the entire world's people efforts.
Presently, a 25-acre research center for the VP, Phase I, is being developed. Designs, proposals, and video composition for Phase II of the project are underway. The VP team contemplate building an initial city as the Phase III with all its proposed social, technological, political, and environmental implementations. This last implementation will be the most important in all the aspects, because it is directly related and aimed to safeguard the environment.
Water, A Vital Resource
The Secretary for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) suggests, “As the world charts indicate a more sustainable future, the crucial interplay among water, food, and energy is one of the most formidable challenges we face. Without water, there is no dignity and no escape from poverty.” Water plays an important role in The VP as well. The VP contemplates building many cities in the sea to alleviate the population increase. Architects have also devised peninsula-like cities on land, surrounded with water, where aquatic diversity can be preserved in what is called “mariculture,” the task of growing diverse marine species, and harnessing marine currents to generate energy.
The project team has outlined a plan to comb and survey the area for land capable of being farmed productively. One of the methods used to achieve this will be to implant electronic probes in the soil. The probes will be used to weigh the land to its capacity. Where arable land does not exist, hydroponic methods of farming will be introduced to supply the local needs. Water that supplies those hydroponic devises will be obtained from huge desalinization floating plants at sea. Fish and sea farms will predominate on those areas.
Environmentally Friendly Lifestyles
Phase IV is projected to be a Theme Park, where every single aspect of the project can be explained to visitors. All the technological advances proposed for the VP will be illustrated therein. The park will demonstrate how the environment and rough sources of energy will be sustained. For example, the park staff may explain to a guest how solar energy is obtained with tiny pieces of silicon that power photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity.
The theme park would also demonstrate how biomass energy is obtained. Biomasses are non-fossil materials like water, trees, and land-based vegetation storing chemical energy. It is renewable energy contrary to fossil fuel energy (oil, coal and natural gas). From the EPA, we know, for instance, that 73 % of polluted air with Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is coming from power plants using fossil fuels, and 20% from other industry facilities.
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