- (Aus einem Brief von Franz Nahrada November 2009)
- .......................................................................................we must seek to
- involve the dominant mode of business to help us provide (to maintain, to
- save, to create) a reality beyond business, because business in the market
- has become an overall costly and redundant activity with too many players
- everywhere - and a horrible dominance of marketing and sales over quality
- and sustainability. Economy is the modern equivalent of war, not of peace.
- The solution that I am pointing out is a world that provides local living
- opportunities based on agreements, which create a sustainable environment
- that is the base for a "minority game" called market. If we are not forced
- to sell ourselves, we might provide with pride.
- I call this scheme "Global Villages", which simply means a planet filled
- with millions of basically self-sustaining villages, linked in a global
- cloud of knowledge exchange and grouped in local independent regions
- around a number of "mothercities". Exchange of material goods in this
- vision will only take place if it really provides substantial advantages
- over local production. Exchange of people, of travelling, of considering
- the whole planet as our home, will be greatly enhanced, though - still
- probably resulting in less transportation than today. Lets call it a 20 -
- 80 scheme: 20% global market economy, 80% local agreement economy.
|"You may say that I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one" (John Lennon)|
- So I want to report from the conference that the Global Marshall Plan
- Foundation recently held in Salzburg, Austria. It was meant to be a high
- level business conference, chaired by Prince Hassan from Jordania, about
- the emerging opportunities of collaborative approaches that take into
- account that our most essential wealth is commons, not prvately owned,
- something that we have really lost sight of.
- There was a group of children that started the "plant for the planet"
- project. One Million new trees in every country, every region. Very
- impressive, But there were some very mature and even more exciting
- business projects that deserve our full attention.
- What stroke me most is the potential of DESERTEC, a very ambitious project
- of immense scale backed by the Club of Rome and important European
- business players, that basically can be described as "creating a European
- - African energy grid"'. Desertec starts with the observation that turning
- a square of 400 by 400 Square kilometres in the Sahara to a thermal solar
- power plant - collecting sunlight with mirrors, heating water that drives
- steam engines - could provide enough electricity for the energy needs of
- the whole mankind!!! The costs of bringing one Kilowatthour to far remote
- places like Europe would be one cent.
- Now the project starts with this observation, but is very open in
- development how to use this opportunity. Our first suspicion was that it
- is megalomanic, the second one that it is colonialistic. the third one that it
- actively undermines every efforts towards local energy production back home.
- But the answers that came were very promising.
- * Desertec does not want to confine itself to large power plants. Solar
- power collection in Africa could be vastly decentralised.
- * Only 20% of the energy harvested should go to Europe, 80% should stay in
- Africa, be used for water desalienation and many other local needs
- * Europe should not totally rely on that energy, but only have 20% of its
- needs met by passive solar, while other renewable sources should also be
- So imagine if a project like this really becomes the backbone for African
- sustainable development.
- * The inner - African North South conflict (expansion of Islamism etc) could
- be mitigated, a zone of intensive development and peaceful settlements
- powered by the Grid would emerge in the Sahara and Subsahara. Europe would
- not have to be afraid of migrants any more, many Europeans would maybe
- like to spend a wintertime in warm climate and so on....
- * A real bridge for knowledge transfer and collaboration could emerge if
- the energy infrastructure could be combined with broadband communication
- infrastructure. Global Villages could emerge which use skills and inputs
- from the whole globe to Imprve their local living condition.
- * The most important local needs could be addressed; "Energy harvestiung"
- would be much easier and beneficial than exporting agricultural goods.
- Soil and water could be directed to local needs.
- Thats the approach and I ask myself what would be possible if the power of
- community led development like shown by Open Source Ecology
- (www.openfarmtech.org) and similar endavours would be merged with
- infastructural developments like DESERTEC and support projects like the
- Telepathology project that was also introduced in Salzburg.
- Is this possible? I wonder.
- We should dare to dream - a new European - African dream.
|Websites von Desertec|
|Kritik am DESERTEC Projekt|
"Mit Desertec wollen sich die Energiekonzerne ihre Monopolstellung sichern. Unter dem Banner der Zukunftsenergie wollen sie verhindern, dass die dezentrale Versorgung Überhand gewinnt.