An article published in Nature the other day made rounds in the mainstream media informing the online world that Earth had reached a “tipping point” in regards to the future of climate. We’ve exploited so much of the planet’s surface and destroyed enough of the land that scientists are sounding alarms no longer just about the extinction of tigers and salmon, but rather the human race itself in the next century. Depending on which way we “tip,” i.e. our next actions regarding our overly consumptive and apathetically destructive lifestyle, we can either find ourselves in a sustainable paradise living in harmony with nature with peace n’ love for all, or we can propel to a Hellish environmental collapse. Apocalypse is avoidable though, if we act smart now.
Most people are overwhelmed and bored when they hear environmental doomsayers reciting the laundry list of how we’re killing the planet and ourselves: depleted fisheries, carbon emissions, deforestation, chemical pollution, and shrinking oil reserves. Many books have been written on all of these topics and more, and if you’re interested, please educate yourself. If you’ve been burying your head in the sand in regards to all of these problems, then please knock the sediment out of your ears and listen up.
This is a real crisis, and real solutions are being developed. Here at ARC38 a group of Occupy Wall Street protestors, weary from shouting ourselves hoarse about the problems strangling society while being beaten by riot police and shunned by mainstream media and culture, have turned constructive. We’re building a sustainable habitat for humans; a community, a learning center, and a farm. We farm utilizing the natural landscape for permaculture farming, we drink and bathe from rainwater fed into a catchment system, and we celebrate ourselves through arts and fun and all the parts of life that leave you feeling wholesome and fuzzy inside. The concept of a post-scarcity resource based society is that each person works so well with one another that they eliminate common tasks and free one another to make art out of all that they do. This is exactly our aim.
We intend not only to weather the storm of the impending economic collapse (you know it’s coming), but to be unaffected by it. We will grow enough food to sustain a hundred people or more indefinitely, and this is only on a modest 180 acres. We believe that the best way to solve the problems that come with our emerging global society is to think with the whole earth in mind, and to act with the distant future in mind as well. Acting on a local level is the best way to bring change to the unfair social structure that poisons those that can not afford organic food. There are better ways of food production than massive corn fields when cash money isn’t the incentive, but rather survival, community and happiness.
Our system is a pleasant alternative to capital based world, which, while it does come with certain luxuries and comfort, has brought not only gross inequality and devastating wars, but also mortal illness to the planet and the people, plants, and animals who dwell upon it.
Our prototype of sustainable living will catch on, and if our optimism is worth anything it will pull us from the brink of self-destruction and tip us toward a beautiful tomorrow, or at least a tomorrow where everyone is fed and kids aren’t born without eye sockets or with any extra limbs at all!
If you too are concerned about the future of your family, this country, or humanity as a whole, then you are our friend and ally, and we ask you to please monitor our progress, get yourself into a sustainable situation, and donate liberally to worthwhile causes (cough).
This site will be updated with relative frequency, and we’re more than happy to offer advice, accept criticism, or engage in any other form of communication as long as everyone involved remains non-violent.
Let’s hurry up and fix all these global problems so we can be lazy and free with a clean conscience.