The Venus Project aims to promote a new way of life, an alternative vision to achieve a sustainable world and, ultimately, a new civilization based on a socio-economic model never known before. A model, in short, that prioritizes the environment over money, power, etc.
For this, it is necessary to change the cultural model. Aspects that have accompanied the human being since the birth of civilization , such as war, poverty, hunger, debts and, in general, suffering, must not be considered only as avoidable, but as unacceptable. We have the technology and knowledge to completely eradicate them from our planet, but we cannot. Therefore, the change must take place in mentality, in culture.
- Cities in the sea
- Renewable energy
Cities in the sea
Some of the cities on the sea could serve as oceanographic universities, while others would be marine farms where forms of marine life would be cultivated.
These cities would be built on land and then towed to places where they would be beneficial and anchored to the bottom of the ocean. Some structures could be towed in parts, being prefabricated, and then joined together at selected locations. The construction of these cities would include floating chambers.
The offshore apartment buildings would be made up of steel, glass, titanium and other synthetic materials. These cities would relieve the pressure of the population in areas such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles or New York. The materials would be able to withstand the corrosive effects of the marine environment.
Plants and fish and other forms of marine life would be raised in these cities to help meet the nutritional needs of the world’s population. The design would be non-polluting, as an integral part of the marine environment.
Systems would be used to prevent floods and droughts . Methods such as evaporative desalination would also be used to provide the inhabitants with water.
Of course, a system like the one proposed has to be based on renewable and clean energy. Improvements in technology will allow its viability . Geothermal energy will come to assume the most prominent role within all renewables, as it is available in different regions around the world, both on land and under the sea. According to Fresco, this energy source, alone, could provide enough clean energy for the next thousand years.
But there would also be underwater structures that, through turbines, would generate clean electrical energy. These turbines would have a slow rotation and a centrifugal separator and baffles to avoid damage to marine life.
Solar energy would also be part of this sustainable system. Photovoltaic panels that would produce energy that would then be stored in batteries for later use, both on land and at sea. The radiation reaching the Earth’s surface each year accounts for more than 10,000 times the world’s energy consumption.
The Venus Project is the brainchild of Americans Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows. The former is an industrial designer and social engineer, both of whom reside in Venus, Florida, United States, hence the name of his project. The system they develop was dubbed a resource-based economy.
This new economy follows green precepts : like sustainable cities, energy efficiency, collective farms, natural resource management, and advanced automation. All of this must offer benefits to humanity.
According to Jacque Fresco, the world is rich enough in natural resources and energy. This, together with technology and the application of scientific methods, should cover the basic needs of the world population without problems.
Although, in reality, some of the ideas of the Venus Project are already being carried out in the world, slowly, yes, others are quite original. For example, cities in the sea. The idea is to easily accommodate millions of people and relieve pressure on the earth.
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