It takes a community to live sustainably. Too few and there’s too much to do. Too many and management and transportation becomes an issue. Based on the theory that one hundred people per square kilometre live and work well with each other and with nature. This land could sustain 11 towns and 342 villages for 34,200 people. Click or tap the picture below to download a PDF.
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The large spaces of nature national parks offer are invaluable, but they need to be connected with small spaces of nature where we live. With half the land for people to grow everything we need and half the land native forest for nature’s biodiversity and to combat desertification, erosion and store rainwater and act like a buffer against extreme weather and provide the air we need to breathe. We can live sustainably.
One hectare per person is enough land to grow everything a person needs. There'll be no need for cities, cars, trucks, trains and most everything we make from metals and petrochemicals. There'll be no need for mining. There's enough metal already that can be recycled and petroleum plastics can be replaced with bioplastics. We've dug up enough for all of our needs.