Defining the Abundance Plan 6
Let's break down the terms we use to define the abundance transition plan.
Implementing The Plan - From Theory To Practice 2
Real world examples of the abundance plan in motion.
Reviewing the Flow of the transition plan 2
Visual guide to better reflect the plan's ability to scale exponentially.
Lesson 1: Overview on Abundance Theory
The practice of transitioning to abundance has been created with the understanding that future businesses & general commerce cannot be detached from the environment and its finite resources. To shift towards abundance, we must reward our core paths to economic sovereignty. Therefore, environmental values need to be integrated into the decision-making of your business.
What is the concept of Abundance Theory?
Abundance theory brings a solutions based approach to all of these types of off balance systems in the world. In just these 6 examples, let’s take a look at how we can practically apply abundance theory to these problems:
Lumber from Trees: The use of trees and their wood is carried out under management plans that ensure the destruction of the forest. Laws don’t seem to apply. An example of sustainability is bamboo for natural building, which can be harvest without killing the tree.
Bamboo can be harvested in 3-5 years, and is known as ‘the world’s most renewable material’ and is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world, without the need for pesticides or chemical fertilizers to grow it.
Metal from Mines: The capitalism culture has normalized the single-use philosophy, and the result is a destructive behavior that produces millions of tons of metal waste every year.
In this case, metals are finite and do not decompose in the environment properly, once refined. Finding sources of this material from society’s waste can reduce our need for primary resources, reduce our need to import precious metals, reduce dissemination of potentially harmful metals into the environment, and to contribute to a sustainable society.
Water from rain, rivers, and lakes: Have you ever been struck by the fact that a company that sells water, is really a company that sells plastic bottles?
From there, they take water from our shared environment and turn it into profits for a corporation. Rarely ‘trickling down’ its profit to the workers, as the corporation is only responsible to its shareholders. Energy and fossil fuels aren’t the only resources that are utilized in the production of bottled water. This production consumes additional water for the manufacturing process as well. It is unnecessary waste.
Food from the animals: The truth is that the faster the farmers can “process” the animals, the more money they can make. Globally, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined. The horrific factory farms conditions are due to the globalization of transportation of meat, but reintroducing local farming practices within our neighborhoods would easily cover this caloric need without requiring the transportation of such goods across oceans.
Free roaming farming practices are more sustainable—environmentally, economically, and socially speaking. Environmental sustainability in agriculture means good stewardship of the natural systems and resources that farms rely on.
Food from eating plants: Why create a business of mono-culture and petroleum based agriculture techniques, when we have Permaculture solutions that can produce 10 times the calories of food energy as any mono-culture, and it costs nothing to maintain?
The goal is to transform our food system to provide healthy, affordable, fairly produced food for all. Monocultures in agriculture define the growing of a single crop using the majority or whole parcel of the land. But if you grow a variety of crops, this will allow for crop failures without ruining your community’s entire economy.
Permaculture ethics direct us to create abundance, share it fairly, and limit over-consumption in order to benefit the whole. This includes returning waste back into the ‘use cycle’ to recycle useful resources. Each of us should take no more than what we need before we reinvest the surplus.
Oil from the earth: When solar thermal hydrogen electric power is the most sustainable alternative energy on the planet (because 75% of the universe is made of Hydrogen), the chemicals used in the process are reused within each cycle, creating a closed loop that consumes only water and produces hydrogen and oxygen.
We don’t take enough energy from the sun, wind, or from the flowing waters. Those sources of energy produce abundance because they sustainably exist every day in a properly managed ecosystem.
Yes, we do need to begin managing the world’s ecosystems. This next section will allow us to talk about some ideas that are out there regarding options for where we go from here.
Resource Based Economic Model
The best explanation I can find regarding how to define a Resource based economic model is in this video. Please review this to get some context for the transition plan we are discussing in this course.
This Abundance Transition Plan is designed to help us work towards a resource based economy. I acknowledge that we are like many generations, removed from being able to sustain community growth in a R.B.E. We can’t expect this to happen overnight, when I asked myself what we can do today to begin transitioning to a sustainable resource based economy, I came up with this transition plan.
The theory of relativity shows us that we can never know exactly the way things work, we can only know what information we receive from the ecosystem around us. I don’t believe this should stop us from beginning to take action for positive change. Therefore, this is our Action Plan, it takes into account where we are today, in 2020, and where we must go for the benefit of humans and the environment as a whole.