manifesto version 5, 2014-09-10 11:49 MESZ
Venus: Hi Earth! How are you?
Earth: I'm sick, I have humans.
Venus: Don't worry, it'll pass.
We have a problem. We are extincting species at an alarming rate , mostly by destroying their habitats and by global warming. If you don't mind living in a concrete desert surrounded by monoculture and empty oceans and the only polar bears that may be left live in zoos and your grand children asking why they can see all these species only in documentaries - the problem also affects us more directly: climate change destroys farm land of humans. Africa will be most affected. Rising ocean levels will flood low islands and densely populated coastal areas. The people who lose their farmland, fishing possibilities and living places have to migrate somewhere else. The EU is (was?) already shooting Africans as they try to enter the EU illegally. If a refugee boat is reported in distress, coast guards send general navigation warnings such as for floating shipping containers lost from container ships, so other ships avoid the area. The coast guard then 'rescues' the refugees - or they don't and they often drown. Some beaches are routinely cleared of drowned bodies so tourists are not annoyed. Expect the problem to increase. There may be wars.
There are a number of environmental organizations, such as Greenpeace or (local in Austria) Global 2000 or Virus, who raise awareness of issues and fight them. This is good but there is something else we can do:
An organization which offers ecological products and services. If the global market and politics can't switch to a sustainable, healthy style, we'll do it ourselves. For example:
Many things already exist so we can cooperate/coexist with them.
Some projects will be done by companies but we will also hire people and do things ourselves when it allow us to grow faster and save our planet more effectively.
There are three basic ways to fund projects:
1. People can donate about 0.1 to 1% of their income. There are 7 billion people. If we are really successful one billion people could donate one billion EUR per month and we could build big CSP plants etc.
Many projects such as wood heatings or house insulations will be paid off by the house owner (they often save by the cheaper wood or decreased heating requirements) and the houses can be security, while other projects will even generate profit (power plants, supermarkets, ...). So there can be
2. investments (with or without profit)
Profits for investors can come from paybacks e.g. from a house owner who received a heating system, rent of newly built eco houses, sale of eco products.
Donations can be used to give investors profit. So 5% donations can cause 100% investment.
3. bank loans (there are eco banks with special offers for eco projects)
People can invest via eco banks for additional security.
4. governmental aid
5. When the organisation is big we may fund projects with the profit from selling products and services.
We may also fund projects via crowd funding platforms. There are dedicated eco crowd funding sites and general crowd funding sites often have eco categories. This also serves as advertisement for us.
Why should people donate/invest with us when there are eco projects on
crowd funding sites?
Because people on crowd funding sites are often not well known and it is thus often hard to judge their competence/sincerity. We plan to collect competence and focus on projects that help the cause best. When we are a known organization with a good reputation we will be a good place to donate and invest. OTOH we may also cooperate with others who make ecological projects and judge/recommend them. Crowdfunding platforms keep a part of the donations to maintain their service and as profit. Direct donations/investments are more effective.