Dan O’Neill, Environmental Economist of the University of Leeds (UK), comes to this sobering conclusion: “Such a country does not exist“. In fact, having analysed data from over 150 countries worldwide, he states that “there is not even one country in the world that would even come close to that.”
Given this wretched outlook to the future, we at Prosper choose not to accept this premise, and instead, elect to tackle this issue head-on. Whereby, we pose the following question:
Why doesn’t humanity have the tools, technologies and concepts to enable a nation to meet the basic needs of its inhabitants without crossing even a single planetary boundary?
Why can’t basic needs be met without consuming resources which exceed planetary load limits?
Is it at all possible to meet the needs for food, clean water, safe sanitation, education, sufficient income, basic health care, as well to establish structures for attaining social mobility, global communication and progressive cultures, so that all nine billion of Earth’s inhabitants can live long, healthy and fulfilling lives without exceeding the resilience of local and global ecosystems?
Can the supply of raw material, energy, nutrition and the disposal of wastewater (and other waste), be constructed as part of a single system, in which water, hydrocarbons, raw materials and nutrients are maintained in a constantly replenishing cycle, whilst their energy supply is regeneratively sourced.
Furthermore, can the expected 12 billion people at the end of this century be fed without destroying the soil, depleting fresh water reserves and upsetting the balance between phosphate and nitrogen?
Such questions address whether solutions and concepts are available to industry, and public and private investors, which will enable them to decouple economic development from resource consumption.
Without a doubt, we can operate 100% sustainably.
For decades now, there have been numerous concepts developed, whose aim is to close THE CYCLES FOR VALUABLE materials, water, nutrients and carbon.
These concepts are currently implemented within the mining industry, for settlement-development programmes, for the energy industry and for mobility (including individual transport).
Furthermore, there has long existed various models which aim to equip ecologically adapted agriculture so as to be able to feed 12 billion people by 2099.
Prosper aims to accelerate the trasition towards a fully load-balanced economy, enabled through concepts such as these.