Seeking Sustainability Feb09

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Robert Slattery

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Seeking Sustainability

Environment – Sustainability is at the forefront of Futurist organization the Venus Project, a movement to find a “feasible plan of action for social change,” that will bring peace and sustainability where culture and nature meet.

Located in Venus, Florida, the Venus Project is the brainchild of futurist Jacque Fresco, a designer, philosopher, and educator. At the core of this idea is what the Venus Project refers to as a “resource based economy.”

One in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.

It’s an interesting idea, and one that the group is working toward achieving.

The creation of this future requires universal respect for life and the environment, things with their own, incalculable value. The Venus Project may be a glorious turn away from the tired cynicism of our current culture, and provide, if not a certain means to improving the world, at the very least a compassionate voice in the argument over where we go from here.

Read more about one possible future at the Venus Project website.