Summary of the Eco-City
If a city is full of sins and hard to purify, recycle it into a new one that is built to be pure and sin-free.
If we cannot make our socio-economic system fair for everyone, why don’t we create a new, fairer one?
This summary is for those who do not have the time to read the detail of this book and want to know about the concept in brief. The concept is to create one million Eco-homes in a self-sufficient and sustainable Eco-city, with surrounding Eco-industries and businesses. The aim is to employ all the unemployed, retired and anyone who can work for at least a few hours a day or a week. By doing so, governments can reduce the welfare spending and balance its economy. Consequently, more families can own Eco-homes, pay the mortgage, spend less and live better in an Eco-lifestyle.
The design of the Eco-city, accompanied by an Eco-socio- economic system as described in Ecolism 1, ensures a better standard of living for the poorest, reduces the amount of public money spent on the welfare system and saves billions. Consequently, the national productivity increases, the government debts decrease and growth and revenue balance the national deficits.
The Eco-city should have at least one million Eco-homes, surrounded by Eco-businesses, Eco-agriculture and Eco-industries to employ its residents as long as they are capable of working. The design of the Eco-socio-economic system for living an Eco-lifestyle in an Eco-city is a self-sufficient, independent human ecosystem that interacts with others but protects itself first.
As an example, imagine if the European Union (EU), Scotland and Ireland shut their borders to England, would the English survive? There would be chaos, as there was in World War II. Therefore, the country’s economic ecosystem must be self-sufficient to survive external influences or international economic turmoil. Perhaps, in such circumstances, farmers will learn to produce more and be competitive and people must buy local products, even if it is more expensive, to sustain the country’s ecosystem as a matter of national security.
Each Eco-home in the Eco-city is prefabricated from timber and costs £100,000. The interest rate is currently between 1.5 and 3%, so the cost of interest is about £125 to £250/month for a family of four or for a couple living together. It is 75% cheaper than the renting or social-housing costs, which saves governments such as the United Kingdom (UK) government billions in housing benefits.
On the one hand, if people are unemployed, the welfare system should pay the interest on a guaranteed government mortgage loan. On the other hand, if the government employs the jobless, it pays nothing and collects more taxes. Employment must include the retired, elderly and physically challenged, who can flexibly work few hours a day or a week to earn enough to either pay the interest or repay the mortgage.
Building an Eco-city of one million Eco-homes, which costs £100 billion plus another £20 billion to be spent on its infrastructure, is probably beyond most governments’ comprehension or ambition. However, if we have the will, we find ways to achieve our goals.
The following outlines ideas to finance the Eco-city:
- Any government, national trust, royal family or rich person may donate or lease public land on which to build the Eco- city and its surrounding Eco-industries.
- The government can guarantee to pay the interest on the mortgage loans for those who are on social benefits. It will be cheaper than paying for any rent or cost to accommodate them.
- Financing the Eco-city is open to any investor, great or small, who accepts a 1.5 to 3% guaranteed return on their investment. It will be more than people can get on their savings in a Bank.
- Charities, housing associations, lotteries providing funding, industries and businesses can participate in helping people to buy an Eco-home in the Eco-city. Moreover, they may be able to find the people jobs to repay the help or loans received.
- The residents should live within their means and have an Eco-lifestyle of less outgoings than they would spend in ordinary cities. They should accept training in new skills suitable for the available jobs, so they are able to pay the interest on their mortgage as a minimum or make repayments towards the outstanding mortgage. It is better to build up equity in a property that they can use when they get frail, old and cannot work anymore, to spend on better care.
- The government spending cost per head should follow the residents to the Eco-city to be spent on its infrastructure.
- The government should license the Eco-industries and Eco- businesses to operate in the Eco-city, only if they employthe locals, provide flexible hours and train their staff in the required skills; otherwise, their licences should be removed.
- Eco-industries and businesses will be encouraged to move to the Eco-city to benefit from lower overheads by employing cheaper workers, 24/7 availability and flexibility, having free electricity, having free or leased land and having ring- fenced net tax-free profits of 5% onivestment.
- Each Eco-home will have an edible garden for people to grow their food, which is to prevent starvation under any circumstances and to reduce their outgoings. Each Eco- home will produce more electricity than it consumes, from renewable sources, to supply the industries with free electricity.
- Each person should have access to the internet to learn and work from home, which is to save on costs for education or gaining vocational training skills.
- Building a large Eco-city of one million Eco-homes should not be contracted to profiteering developers. The Eco- home should be designed and prefabricated for self-build following step-by-step instructions.
- A group of seven people, which can include the unemployed and volunteers, can build an Eco-home in seven days; from this, they can earn credit to own However, there will be some conditions for acceptance attached. For example, the person must accept training on required new skills to work and pay at least the interest on the mortgage; otherwise, they risk losing it all and having to leave the Eco-city.
The Eco-city will not only help the unemployed, young and elderly to own a house but will also revive the industries, businesses and agriculture and save billions on the social- welfare system.
If Eco-homes in Eco-cities become the norm of our civilisation, only then does the social-welfare system become fair-minded, morally civilised and ethical.
In the UK, the United States of America (USA) and Germany, the unemployment rate is below 4.5 % in the year 2018. In the EU it varies from 2.4 to 21% in Greece and in other countries it starts at 0.1% and goes up as high as 95% in Zimbabwe. However, if each nation builds Eco-cities, the unemployment rate becomes 0%. Poverty, homelessness, insecure living and crimes all disappear. Only then can our civilisation become moral, caring and sharing and give people their complete human rights to live in a dignified manner.
I would like to repeat what I said in Ecolism 1: imagine if the USA creates peace on earth and stops spending more than $700 billion each year on weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, if the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) stops wasting 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on weapons, followed by other countries like Russia, China, India, Pakistan North Korea and so on. The USA can build Eco-cities in each state and give an Eco-home to every low -income family. Every American will become richer from such projects, including the political parties. Similarly, there will be no poverty or unemployment and there will be more prosperity in Europe and the rest of the world. Only then can our humanity become more morally civilised and an advanced human race.
Governments spend billions on discovering other planets, neglecting the perfection of planet earth. I wish they would spend more billions to eliminate poverty, to educate people more and to explore much more galaxies.