One subject that has not been addressed in America is how do we revitalize some of the rural neighborhoods that have been dying for decades.
I honestly believe it can be done (even greenly), but it would take a well coordinated government effort. My green approach would start by encouraging farmers to plant industrial hemp. This will help supply the same rural areas with a steady supply of raw materials to manufacture goods. It makes more sense for manufacturing to be in more rural areas where the overhead costs are lower and allow for better profits. Also people working in rural areas tend to be able to work for a smaller wage than in a city due to an overall lower cost of living.
I would also encourage farmers to use that hemp growing period of time to develop more sustainable ways to farm. Assuming farmers use a non-GMO hemp seed and don’t store or use anything restricted on the property they could be certified organic in as little as 3 years. I would also suggest they need to find multi-crop synergies such as planting beans in combination with other cash crops to help keep the nitrogen levels in balance naturally. This will drastically reduce the need for costly and toxic fertilizer. With the current trade war with China it may not make sense to be mass producing as many soybeans with no buyers, but soybeans and many other varieties of beans do help put nitrogen back in the soil. This fact combined with beans are high protein I believe makes beans an essential part of any farming operation. One eventual outcome would also be using a wider variety of beans to manufacture a wide variety of high quality protein food products. Once again I would encourage the use of non-GMO bean seeds (and nothing restricted) to help farmers transition to organic fields. I believe farmers will find in the longer run there is more money to be made in creating a high quality healthy food product than there is to be made simply mass producing a single genetically modified crop sprayed with multiple toxic chemicals. Farmers should also have a higher profit from organic farming because they will be able to save their seeds year after year for replanting and not have to purchase expensive genetically modified seeds that do not guarantee a larger yield.
Secondly, instead of spending billions on a worthless border wall, I would much rather see that money spent on repairing our existing infrastructure and creating new infrastructure. I especially like the idea of using hyperloop tunnels to establish fast reliable connections from the major cities outward.
We need to have a reality check in this country. Not every single person can afford to live in a Tier 1 city like New York or San Francisco. However, if we have these cities easily connect to nearby Tier 2 cities and if those cities over time then connect to Tier 3 size towns then we eventually will end up with a well connected web to move people and goods around: fastly, cheaply, efficiently, and safely.
This approach should make rural living more palatable to more people. People in rural areas simply have the time and space to do things that most people in cities don’t have. That is the usual economic trade off. With excellent connectivity people would still be able to travel to cities to enjoy things like museums or the arts. But at the end of the day they may need to take a high speed train or two home. At 700 mph it doesn’t take long to get other places.
Right now what has happened is as rural areas have been dying people have been flooding larger cities because that is the only place they can find work. Unfortunately, many of them can’t afford to actually live there. Money moving around is the lifeblood of the economy. With easier, better, and faster connectivity some people will then be able to help circulate the money supply from the larger cities into smaller cities and towns. Of course we could continue to do nothing but our cities will just become more overpopulated slums. I’m trying to be very pragmatic and logical in my approach. Even if we chose to do nothing there is still a very harsh reality: Still not everyone can afford to live in a Tier 1 city. The reality is people need to live where they can afford to live. Further out from a Tier 1 city will always be a more affordable option. We need to encourage people that can work remotely to do so. I sincerely believe some people would really enjoy a professional nomadic lifestyle. Some of our more rural areas do really have some natural beauty and outdoor activities. While someone may not be interested in moving to some of these areas permnamently they may enjoy living there for 6 months or a year at a time. This also would help bring money into further out areas. The reality is as time advances there is going to be less and less overall jobs due to automation and artificial intelligence. So we need to have a system that allows more people to more easily live further out where it is more affordable, yet not be completely isolated from the outside world or completely cut off from all cities.
Another harsh reality that I need to discuss is over time the Tier levels may need to change to accommodate the changing environment. Many of our Tier 1 cities are located in coastal areas that may not be inhabitable in the future due to rising sea levels. So some of the Tier 1 cities may eventually have to be abandoned and some Tier 2 cities more inland may become the new Tier 1 cities. The Tier 3 may become the new Tier 2 and we may then have to reach out to more undeveloped areas to create the Tier 3 cities of the future.
As more and more people are laid off as work dries off we need to find other things for people to do to help maintain a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. For example more people should work on better ways to slow the rising sea levels while maybe others should work on developing and testing new farming techniques.
Helping to revitalizing rural areas also is a far better idea than Agenda 21 which will push the overwhelming majority of people into crowed cities. It is possible to live greenly outside of a city. Pushing everyone into a very confined space especially if there is very limited work and even less space further seperates people from any natural resources that could be used to help support a better life. While the idea of city life may sound appealing to some most likely the areas that poorer people would be allowed to live in will become probably the equivalent to a modern day concentration camp/slum area that will be used to tightly control the population. Only people with enough resources will be allowed to leave these areas. I’m just trying to point out plans like Agenda 21 don’t seem to take quality of life into account. If people ever agree to completely give up their rights to live in more rural areas that is something that would be most likely very difficult or impossible to get back.
As far as I know we still don’t have computers that can do the abstract thinking that some human minds are capable of doing when it comes to innovating and coming up with new ideas. So at least for now humans and human thought is needed for our own advancement.
By – Chris Madsen