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Human sustainability

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Human sustainability

  1. 1. HUMAN SUSTAINABILITY: The Zeitgeist Movement & The Venus Project
  2. 2. Z E I T G E I S T Zeit is German for “time”, Geist meaning “spirit”. A movement concerned with the future of humanity. It describes itself as a sustainability advocacy organization, seeking a long term restructuring of human society, notably being opposed to money and advocating scientific decision making based on available resources.
  3. 3. G L O B A L I S S U E S “The main threat to human survival was nature; today it is culture.”
  4. 4. The Statistics: Poverty in America
  5. 5.  2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959
  6. 6.  The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the OECD
  7. 7.  Household participation in the food stamp program has increased 20.28% since last year
  8. 8.  One out of every six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program
  9. 9.  One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010
  10. 10.  Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as in 2007  The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has risen over 60 percent in just the past year
  11. 11.  Nationwide bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending June 30th
  12. 12.  More than 25 percent of all Americans now have a credit score below 599
  13. 13.  One out of every five children in the United States is now living in poverty
  14. 14. HOW ARE THESE ISSUES RELATED TO YOU AND I?  We live all live in this economy and suffer the consequences of the big businesses and politicians  Without a social security number and a credit history, you are essentially a “nobody”  Excessive nationwide debt (no end in sight?)  Chemically processed foods  A society consumed by materialism and greed  We’ve become stagnant in all aspects of progression
  15. 15. A Solution: The Venus Project
  16. 16. P r o f i t M o t i v e s  The word profit is used in the sense of civil benefit associated with long term advantages in a society where the Venus Project idea is applied  Utilizing technology to gain maximum efficiency in a humane and “green”manner  Eliminating currency to abolish greed and corruption  Equality and healthier living for everybody "The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force; we work to better humanity."
  17. 17. L I L Y P A D – T h e F l o a t i n g C i t y Designed to hold approximately around 50,000 people. Each Lilypad is intended to be either near a coast, or floating around in the ocean, traveling from the equator to the northern seas, according to where the gulf stream takes it.
  18. 18. IS IT A REALISTIC UTOPIA? Pros Cons  Initiation – will this be explored and accepted by the majority?  Social and cultural lag  Propaganda spreading rather than information  Psychological assimilation for current generations  Acquiring new sets of values  Irrational human behavior and uproars.  Political greed and corruption  Restoration of the global environment  Brings an end to war, poverty, political corruption, greed, etc.  Highest standard of living (no social classes / judgment)  Technological progression that benefits everyone  Surpassing artificial boundaries between people, i.e. race, income, gender, religion
  19. 19. Class Discussion  What are some of the limitations associated with these ideas?  What are the advantages?  When do you see something like this being accomplished?

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