Are we ready for Mass Migration?
What would it look like if 143 million hungry people would enter Europe tomorrow?
I would say we are not ready… in many ways.
We have experienced not being ready in situations as the Calais Refugee camp, Lesbos and many more.
These are places where people are being kept in an insecure environment for months and years, longing for a normal life. These men, women and children have a right to live lives of dignity.
Why are they being kept there so long? Because no one is “ready to receive them.”
We have to do something about this now. We have to prepare. It’s not going to slow down.
And it’s a great time for us in the western world to question our shopping culture, waste habits and complaining about our phone batteries running out.
This is what I think would be needed to prepare ourselves to welcome people to a place where they can live well and flourish.
Self-sufficient Eco-Villages & Earthsips.
There are great projects such as Regen Villages (100 inhabitants) and Hubville (150 -300 000 inhabitants), which are re-imagining how we can live in the future, to safeguard food, energy and clean water.
(Vision for Regen Villages – Tech-integrated self-sufficiency)
These are beautiful projects which can act as role models in this time of the Great Transition, but there are some things to consider before we celebrate these initiatives as The Heroes.
There’s mainly 2 issues:
a) These places are relatively expensive to live in and
b) They are build on complex technology & AI solutions to function
(Vision for Hubville – tech-integrated self-sufficiency)
This means that it’s only the privileged who can live in places like these.
And they are also vulnerable to problems that arise in their high-tech solutions.
What I would like to see is Eco-villages which are:
a) Inclusive & inexpensive and
b) Built on a low tech foundation
Because if there is a crisis of some sort, it will be hard to simply order new pieces online…
For example if you have a very modern car, you have to replace it with a very modern solution. And if the infrastructure is not working, and if there is economic instability on a larger scale, it will not be easy to fix the car…
What do you think?