The Greenpeat Plan.
1. Small garden shed using all-natural materials, locally sourced.
2. Larger, more sophisticated structure, incorporating features needed for human habitation.
3. Produce design model applicable to any natural home and iron out any problems with planning requirements.
4. Conduct necessary marketing, business plan, pricing and building technique development.
5. Set up a small permaculture model around the prototype structure for the sustainable production of materials.
6. Establish a science and research department for testing the model structure, production optimisation, related green ideas.
7. Explore tourism possibilities related to the site.
8. Develop a wildlfe habitat within the project.
9. Create further sites on the lines of the tested model, interconnected and mutually supportive while individually self sufficient.
10. Explore export potential.
11. link with websites and social media sites, international bodies, educational centres and other media responsible for climate control.
How w would you like to set off for the heath or bog with just a few hand tools, and to build a cosy retreat using nothing but the materials provided by Nature? From this refuge you could enjoy peace and seclusion. You may decide to bring the materials home and build your den in the garden, as I have done.
Imagine the next step, to build a fully habitable home from the same materials, and a community of similar structures, compliant with building regulations, surrounded by concentric bands for food and fuel, building materials, and finally by a surrounding area of unspoiled natural land. Workshops for crafts and trades would be at the centre of the community. Today, the term for this ancient design is called Permaculture. Residents in such a small community are employed in tending their own needs, so eliminating the daily commute to work.
Take it further. Refine the sustainable village to include modern needs - smart building design, the internet, transport, but maintain a light footprint. The heath or bog will scarcely feel the human presence, unlike now, where tons of concrete and crushed stone dig deep foundations into the delicate ecology.
Build another community, and another, across the country, reclaim unfinished housing and industrial estates. Bury the dereliction under a green cover, and interlink the communities with sustainable transport for a common network to process the green produce for the county's wealth.
Many scoff at this romantic dream as a Utopia for eccentric, hippy Earth Children. The popular image is of dreadlocks and cannabis and dirty children. In my lifetime I hope to show that a far more serious plan is possible, and slowly but surely I am bringing this about. The Greenpeat website is a collection of ideas and a focal point for like minded people. I created it and edit it constantly, trying to simplify the presentation of this wide-ranging and complicated concept. It isn't a commercial site and I share my ideas freely.
Take a look at the categories on Thatch and Stone. They're based on my years of experience. What may seem like bizarre ideas in Future Developments will be seen differently as the impact of Global Warming is felt ever more violently. I have addressed many inherent snags in Problem Solving.
We humans have a few basic needs to survive, and many complicated ones to have what we call quality of life. We have set our standards high and it's expensive and unsustainable economically and ecologically. Greenpeat is an attempt to recognise all these needs and limitations, and to put forward the start of a plan for sustainable and healthier options, despite depleting fossil fuel supplies, devastating climate change and increasing global population.
At present we're hoping that either some alternative energy source will be discovered, or that governments and corporations have these in store already, for that time when they can no longer make money from diminishing fossil fuel. This is probably true, but it's a big gamble. Greenpeat offers the way of addressing a situation where no alternative exists, using Nature's growth, and designing a simpler lifestyle needing much less energy.
I'm not saying it will be easy, or that it can succeed without backup from other energy sources. The task is awesome, and will never equal our modern needs. Just to grow the biomass equivalent of present oil production would need a land area the size of the USA, but the Greenpeat concept is one which can sustain itself for hundreds of years. It will start slowly with a single community, and will grow steadily by simple replication of the basic unit, each self-supporting while being interlinked with the whole network, and will evolve according to local assets.
The principle may spread globally; where Ireland's assets are abundant land and temperate climate for organic growth, Africa's assets may be hot sun and sea water. Fresh water from solar-powered desalination plants may be soon as valuable as oil is today.
We have to start somewhere. We simply can't gamble our future. I hope people will support me and take this seriously. Please take the time to sign in and offer feedback - criticism as well as support.
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