I was just in Oregon visiting my mom and grandkids. Here I am with Sequoia, the youngest.
One thing we learn with four generations all together, is that each generation has a difficult time understanding the next. My mom (85) can barely handle the computer and never will know more. Sequoia not yet two is already punching buttons and she understands how computers serve her!
A recent message Green investing ideals looked at some thinking stimulated by Dr James Ephraim Lovelock, an independent controversial scientist, author, researcher, environmentalist, and futurist who lives in Cornwall, Great Britain. He is known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, in which he postulates that the Earth functions as a kind of superorganism.
He is the father of climate change science and just about everything he’s ever predicted has come true.
Here are some thoughts stimulated by this thinking:
Focus on innovation not conservation.
Invest in technology.
Prepare to adapt to new ways of living.
Crisis will bring a post consumer society.
Human lives are most fulfilling when driven by a sense of purpose.
We will soon be forced to live more purposeful lives.
There is always reason to be optimistic.
I buy into it!
We can see how these ideas are already evolving and how opportunity is popping up everywhere.
A Fox News article entitled “Floating ‘Lilypad City’ Could Help Climate Change Refugees” helps remind us of the first three ideals: Focus on innovation not conservation – Invest in technology – Prepare to adapt to new ways of living.
The article says: “Imagine what life would be like floating around the world on a giant island capable of holding 50,000 people and completely sustaining itself. Well, welcome to Lilypad City.
Designed like a lily pad, the innovation by award-winning Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut could be used as a permanent refuge for those whose homes have been covered by water in the future, London’s Daily Mail reported.
“I think trying to accommodate the millions of people left homeless by environmental changes will prove to be one of the great challenges of the 21st century,” he told the Daily Mail. “Some countries spend billions of pounds working on making their beaches and dams bigger and stronger. But the Lilypad project is actually a long-term solution to the problem of the water rising. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of humans and nature.
“A lake in the middle of the island will collect and then purify rain water, while power will be provided through a series of renewable energy sources including thermal, solar, wind energy, hydraulic and a tidal power station”, the Mail reported.”
Here is a rendering of these lily cities from the article.
This article reminds me of the story about Chicago’s sanitation department in the 1800s. They were grappling with demographic models and were in a panic because models showed that at the then current growth rates, sometime soon in the future all the streets of Chicago would be covered in several feet of horse manure.
The solutions of the future do not live in the technology of the past. Plus the technology of the future is here with us know…just not fully grown…such as water purification.
I am buying as much land as I can that has water. Here gallons a minute of spring water flow directly from a rock face into a small pond we put in our back yard. At 49 degrees its a great way to wake up in the morning!
Technology also makes out of the way places worth more. Take this Cotacachi acreage as an example.
This offers incredible value if you want solitude and unimaginable views…plus electricity.
This house for sale with a caretaker’s house and acreage, is just 17 miles, a 55 minute drive from Cotacachi Ecuador.
The views on this acreage are worth the drive as you can see here.
The asking price is $50,000 for the two houses and the 150 acres.
You can get more details as an Ecuador Living subscriber in the article Opportunity for Solitude near Cotacachi
There are other enormous benefits we’ll gain from change we cannot even begin to understand or see. This is why two most important Lovelock stimulated ideas “There is always reason to be optimistic” and “Enjoy life! are so important!”
These are not new ideas…but ones we should not forget. These are ideas I look forward to sharing with you.
See dates for our summer and autumn courses and tours:
Business Intuition Course at our farm this August.