Wednesday, 11 May 2011
To The Venus Project;
This machinima film is a fictional message from a post apocalyptic and pro sustainablility future world to the current day Venus Project and its founders.
Greetings to the people of the planet of the Earth,
to the 21st Century before freedoms birth,
Greetings and thank you for the gift that you gave us,
And to Jaque Fresco for the path that he showed us.
Our historians detail of your troubled times of life,
Of the crimes of Great War and of Poverty and Strife,
The suffering and the conflict endured beneath corporate powers that sell,
The pollution of planet and recurring nightmares that fell.
Cyclical, endless and ancient hierarchs its true,
But listen a moment and you will find the way through,
Give a thought to the causes of the problems portrayed,
Step out and beyond from the pointless charade.
Whilst rooted in confusion and greed and neglect,
Centralized self interest did rule as much as could get,
But the lack of balance between nature and her people,
Was paid by the countless and voiceless as their masters did trample.
Our mission in this message is to remind you now, how,
You chose to emerge all those eons ago,
Your heart-mind remembered that we are all one,
A family of life-kind under the very same sun.
The day you said stop, and all the world stood still,
You threw aside chains of deceit, fear and ill will,
You began the great Venus Project with its bright principles fair,
United creation, carbon emissions reduced and CO2 cleansed from the air.
From outside of the deeps and the depth of all space time,
We send you our thanks for the courage it took,
To emerge from beneath the tyranny of your lifetimes,
To evolve beyond fear and approach life with a new look.
Listen a moment longer and you might see ahead,
Our world following where your exemplary vision has led,
A cybernated eco-civilization where technology serves that all may thrive,
A permaculture planet, bio diverse, blue-green and alive.
Abandoning the treadmills of competitive possession,
Turning platitudes into plowshares, well wishes into action,
Setting the obsolete and dangerous power systems aside,
For clean solar and wind, water and thermal energies supplied.
Your restructuring of society brought peace to the earth,
Planetary sustainability beyond politics poverty and war,
Your well conceived vision bypassed the impending apocalypse,
As people and planet restored, realized the abundance of life.
And as all nations embraced the new resource based economy,
Our mythologies tell how the geo-political collapse fell away,
And the community of Life-kind on earth at last flourished,
As humanity embarked on its true finest day.
From our sustainable cities, circular on sea land and in air,
With each concentric region ergonomically planned,
From the central hub, home of our community endeavors,
From the hearts of our speakers, we send joy, thanks and blessings.
To the Venus Project by celestialelff
c celestial elf 2011
nb for any who may be interested in the problems of machinima making, please see Viewless at Venus for an interesting encounter.
What is the Venus Project?
The Venus Project ( http://www.thevenusproject.com/ ) was started
around 1975 (formally called "Sociocyberneering") by Jacque Fresco and
founded on the idea that poverty is caused by the stifling of progress in
technology, which itself is caused by the present world's profit-driven
Presenting a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture, resolving the serious problems of unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems.
According to Fresco, poverty, crime, corruption and war are the result of scarcity created by the present world's profit-based economic system.
The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions through the use of innovative approaches to social awareness, educational incentives, and the consistent application of the best that science and technology can offer directly to the social system, The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology, and nature will be able to coexist in a long-term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.
Fundamental to the project is what Fresco calls a "resource-based economy". Such a system uses existing resources, rather than money, to provide an equitable method of distribution in the most humane and efficient manner. It is a system in which all goods and services are available to everyone without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.
Fresco argues that the world is rich in natural resources and energy and that, with modern technology and judicious efficiency, the needs of the global population can be met with abundance, while at the same time removing the current limits of what is deemed possible because of notions of economic viability.
Fresco provides an example of this confusion in the following quote: "At the beginning of World War II the U.S. had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war."
Fresco states that for this to work, all of Earth's resources must be held as the common heritage of all people and not just a select few; and the practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter-productive to the survival of human civilization.
The Venus Project was featured prominently in the 2008 documentary film Zeitgeist: Addendum, as a possible solution to the global problems explained in the first film and first half of the second film.
Following the movie, an organization called the Zeitgeist Movement was established to promote the aims of the Venus Project.
JOIN THE VENUS PROJECT HERE; ( http://www.thevenusproject.com/en/get-involved/global-activism-teams )
On Sustainable Cities;
A sustainable city, or eco-city is a city designed with consideration of environmental impact, inhabited by people dedicated to minimization of required inputs of energy, water and food, and waste output of heat, air pollution - CO2, methane, and water pollution.
A sustainable city can feed itself with minimal reliance on the surrounding countryside, and power itself with renewable sources of energy. The crux of this is to create the smallest possible ecological footprint, and to produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible, to efficiently use land; compost used materials, recycle it or convert waste-to-energy, and thus the city's overall contribution to climate change will be minimal, if such practices are adhered to.
It is estimated that around 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities and urban areas. These large communities provide both challenges and opportunities for environmentally conscious developers. In order to make them more sustainable, building design and practice, as well as perception and lifestyle must adopt sustainability thinking.
Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies.
The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture. Inhabitants’ needs are provided for using proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element become the inputs of another.
Within a Permaculture system, work is minimized, "wastes" become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored.
Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, at any scale from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.
While originating as an agro-ecological design theory, permaculture has developed a large international following. This "permaculture community" continues to expand on the original ideas, integrating a range of ideas of alternative culture, through a network of publications, permaculture gardens, intentional communities, training programs, and internet forums. In this way, permaculture has become a form of architecture of nature and ecology as well as an informal institution of alternative social ideals.