Surviving the climate crisis and collapse of our unsustainable culture will require the development of a new culture and civilization that imposes a far lower burden on the planet and which can withstand a much higher temperature, extreme weather, environmental contamination, political & economic failure, food shortages and security threats.
The most essential part of survival of the climate crisis will be the development of a new culture that enables humans to evolve from being parasites on the planet to its caretakers and which stimulates and nurtures human evolution.
Our current dominant human cultures are extremely energy intensive and fail to adequately meet the needs of vast numbers of people. Some cultures enslave individuals in a totalitarian regime that primarily serves a ruling elite while others entrap members in socio-political-economic frameworks that rob them of their potential.
A sustainable culture is one in which individuals see themselves as an integral part of nature rather than separate from it and in which nature is not something to be conquered and exploited but something to learn from.
For people to work together they will need to transcend their differences and find common ground and agree upon a common social framework.
While capitalism and market-driven economics filled an important role for a time and drove innovation and productivity, our current economic systems are obsolete, failing, generally destructive and often enrich a few at the expense of the many. We believe that a new more equitable and sustainable economic system is possible.
The foundation of this new economic system will include collectively managed and shared resources with sufficient incentives for participation.
Working, living, learning and playing in a single facility that provides the essentials for life greatly reduces the need for earning money to pay for housing, transportation, food, clothing, healthcare and other essentials. This frees up more time for self-improvement and enjoyment of life. Healthier, more creative, socially engaged, happy and fulfilled people results in a much more functional and harmonious society.
In our current economic systems, most people spend their lives on a treadmill of working at jobs they don't really enjoy to pay for the essentials of life and the ability to survive old-age. For many, time not at work is spent commuting to and from their job, shopping, cooking, cleaning and watching TV. An occasional vacation might bring some measure of rejuvenation and happiness but most people merely survive, don't fully thrive and fail to realize their full potential. This keeps them from getting involved in their communities and keeps those in power more free to pursue their own self-serving agendas.
In many countries, central bankers administer policies that ensure that the average person is sufficiently indebted to remain silent cogs in the wheel. The global financial system is designed to also keep countries sufficiently in debt that they comply with the destructive economic policies of international bankers.
Self-sufficiency greatly reduces the need for trade and that reduces the need to exploit and destroy nature.
As the climate crisis continues to unfold it will become increasingly difficult to grow crops outdoors due to temperature extremes, droughts, floods, high winds and severe storms. More food will have to be grown indoors in climate controlled facilities using renewable energy in the most effective way possible.
Airponics and aquaponics using organic nutrients from uncontaminated waste streams has proven to be some of the most effective means of intensive food production.
Vermiculture is an effective way to convert organic waste to nutrients usable by plants.
Not all crops grow well indoors, so the human diet will have to adapt to foods that can be grown in climate-controlled environments.
Climate Survival Solutions is currently developing a nutritionally complete and balanced food production system to feed up to 2,000 people in the facility. Initially, a large portion of the food will be grown in greenhouses with an increasing percentage grown underground using under light from redirected natural and LED sources.
Advanced sensors and artificial intelligence will be utilized to monitor plant health and productivity and apply water and nutrients as needed.
Seeds are energized using a combination of oscillating magnetic fields and human intention that has been shown to increase productivity and make plants more hardy.
Sound, light, magnetic fields and the energetic properties of water will be carefully managed to prevent disease and optimize growth and nutrition.
Selective breeding will be used to adapt some plants to indoor conditions.
Electrical power will come from the usual clean renewable sources but also be generated through human power and conserved through more energy efficient design. Wall structures will be designed to use fundamental thermodynamic principles to allow heat to be conducted from walls into thermal air channels, where natural convection will draw the air up and out. Waste-to-energy systems will provide some power and heat. Kinetic energy from piezo-electric tiles and exercise equipment will generate some electricity.
While glacier melt from the Himalayas will continue to provide Sikkim and other northern states in India with fresh clean water for longer than in most of the country, the tech park will include catchments to trap water, experimental systems to extract water from the atmosphere, and recycling systems to reuse water from showers and clothes washing for other purposes.
Greywater recycling is water which come from the basin of bathroom sinks, showers, and washing machines.
While it may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair and certain household products, it can be used safely as water for irrigation for plants and for further washing utilization on the premises.
The term 'greywater' is different from clean water, which is safe to drink and to cook with as is. Blackwater, water which includes toxic agents such as chemicals or toilet contents, is also different from greywater.
In a facility such as New Kalapa Tech Park and Habitat, the reusable water gathered from within plumbing and drains can be used in several ways:
Direct Use Systems. Provided appropriate guidelines have been put in place to prevent the accidental introduction of blackwater agents or toxins into the water, greywater can often be used for irrigation of decorative plants and even agricultural use. It is important that the untreated water be reused soon after gathering, however, to avoid any residual live contaminants in the water to multiply and create other problems.
Via filtration via sand or other natural components. Once filtered, the water can often be stored longer than for direct use outputs.
Via wetland filtration, which will naturally cleanse the water and help make it available for other uses.
New Kalapa is expected to be using greywater for watering plants, for toilets, and for other cleaning activities around the complex. It is also possible some greywater will be used with pipes to flow the water in pipes underneath stone walkways and in walls, as an added means of using conduction and convection to extract heat from buildings and transport it away from the facility.
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The overall benefits of greywater reuse are the following: