Department of Environment
In the future humankind will respect the natural environment and live in harmony with the earth. As a standard of environmental ethics we should leave this planet better than it was when we got here. In one hundred years I think we can revitalize the Earth’s ecosystems to the fullest capacity.
We are the tenants of this land that we occupy. And there is only so much land and only a limited amount of resources. We have to utilize these resources most effectively to multiply the potential powers to the greatest degree. These resources have a latent potential to be transformed into a higher state of wealth. Plant life can be replenished while the material resources are limited and exhaustible. So we as the caretakers must utilize this land wisely and it is our mission to realize the fullest potential for technological production while minimizing the amount of waste, loss, and exhaustion in the process. We need these resources, people in our community need these resources, people in other states and around the world need these resources, and people in the future will need these resources. We are responsible for properly managing the land we occupy. And it is our purpose to utilize the land to the greatest potential and to produce the greatest quantity and quality of economic resources to be contributed for our society while preserving the natural ecological systems of the planet. It is our responsibility to preserve the rainforests, coniferous forest, coastlines, mineral reserves, and wildlife. It is irresponsible, unjust, and should be prohibited by law for any person or corporation to recklessly deplete and destroy any natural resources. The natural ecological resources of the earth belong equally to all inhabitants of the planet.
Hydrology / Fresh Water
The preliminary and most fundamental measure for ensuring the security of water provisions is the natural protection of all hydrological systems. Preservation and rehabilitation are vital measures needed to sustain adequate fresh water needs for the entire population while also accounting for future generations. We must take radical measures to eliminate all forms of pollution to the natural hydrological systems by ceasing all nonessential industries that are polluting and destroying water systems and then imposing a just tax upon polluting industries that provide essential products in order to pay for the rehabilitation and development of the sustainable hydrological infrastructure. There are some simple solutions that can be immediately implemented utilizing the common scientific practices and technologies that are currently available. We can immediately stop utilizing chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers which are the number one source of water pollution and instead utilize organic farming practices which naturally improve the fertility of the environment and actually increase agricultural yields in terms of not only quantity but quality. It is our goal to eventually eliminate all sources of pollution into the hydrosphere. Water supply will be optimally managed with effective conservation measures. The priority will be to conserve and increase the supply while maximizing the utility and minimizing waste and loss due to evaporation, pollution, and runoff. Trees will be planted along water channels to offer shade and lower temperatures to decrease the evaporation rate. Trees also draw water into the earth helping to replenish natural aquifers.
In the future humans will learn to respect the sacredness of the natural environment and will take extensive measures to protect all ecosystems. Corporations will no longer devastate and recklessly destroy the environment with haphazard industrial malpractices. Pollution and depletion of resources will be prohibited by law. Corporations will no longer unload toxic chemicals into rivers, dump radioactive materials in the earth, or spew poisonous gases into the air. The ideal standard of producing zero hazardous emissions will be achieved by all industries around the world. All of the fresh water systems will be safe to drink and will not be contaminated with chemicals. The ecological systems will be protected and enabled to thrive with biodiversity. Species of life will be protected and will no longer face the threat of extinction due to human malfeasance. The ultimate goal is to leave the planet better than it was when we got here; and especially not to make the planet any worse. We must restore the habitats that humans have destroyed and take further steps to enhance the integrity of ecosystems.
Where most people see wasteland I see huge potential. We seem to be overlooking the enormous land mass on this planet that is desert. Desertification increases each year and gigantic land masses are swallowed down and turned to ruin. Currently desserts take up 1/3 of the Earth’s land surface! And this area is growing! I believe that with a little technological ingenuity humankind can one day transform these regions into fertile land. This would be a great gift to the Earth as repayment for all of the destruction we have caused. We can develop natural ecosystems that flourish with life and develop thriving cities in areas that were once thought to be uninhabitable.
Many forests are needlessly being destroyed and used as timber for kindling/ energy, paper, or just land to grow other crops. We can effectively provide the requirements for these commodities with renewable alternatives that are more economically viable. By working together we can provide the better option. Paper can be made from hemp at a fraction of the cost and of higher quality. With effective agricultural practices farmers will have the opportunity to cultivate the available land and not need to cut down trees for expansion.