Overpopulation is becoming one of the major global issues. Countless population control policies, expansion of residential areas and other such methods are being carried out in various parts of the world. And being a global concern, this issue has raised thousands of voices and opinions from its huge population. Some are fantastical presently (like colonizing other habitable planets), some usable (land reclamation) while some are just crazy (bomb out cities and wipe out masses! <- Joking! Do NOT take seriously!). Obviously, this one took some attention of mine as well and the idea I had is a mix between the first two. And it is the fantastical nature of my idea (plus the high expense that prohibits everyone without huge funds to work with) that has marked this into the [ABANDONED] category.
Welcome to the 17th post of Narrating The Dream and it is time for the second of the [ABANDONED] category posts. A concept that would have not only taken care of the population issues but also of environment care and proper utilization of energy resources. I called it 'PROJECT REHABILITATION'.
The entire project will be summarized in scenario form so please bear with me. And this isn’t an all-terrain plan. There would be several modifications based on regional settings. Whenever I shall go region-specific, I will also try to mention them.
For the project, a huge plot of uninhabited land was bought by someone with access to large amount of funds. (It can be government funded as well. That would at least take care of this huge expense.) Then a complete land report was prepared that listed all the risks involved in terms of history of natural disasters occurrences, climate patterns, distance from nearest of other settlements (cities/towns/villages), underground water table and local flora and fauna. (This list isn’t complete. The soil quality and other important factors will have to be considered as well.) Then the entire land was to be divided into three sections to be developed for separate independent purposes.
The first section would be the agricultural section. For ensuring some amount of self-sufficient society to survive, there would have to be some level of agriculture required. This, though, doesn’t mean that the residents won’t be having their own personal vegetable gardens. With access to some tools and machines (under contract beneficial to both sides: the farmers and the contractors), the farmers would help in making the society have access to some food resources at a lower rate. This section would, obviously, also include barns and other required buildings for welfare of farm animals. This section goes into fantastical area because it must be noted that the ground will have to be prepared suitable for growing of plants and crops suitable in the region. This will not be a cheap affair.
Then comes the second section, the residential section. This section would include the apartments/flats (whatever it is called) and schools and markets. With green parks, gyms, community pools, etc. to go for relaxation, this would be the most expensive of the three sections to construct. Primarily because of the high customization that will be required so as to be energy-efficient. If the land is in a region of high rainfall or of low underground water table, then it will be required to have this entire section be filled with underground pipes and tunnels to store water in a large tank for later usage. This is one of the reasons why this heads for the fantastical section. The expenses of laying down pipes with filters to avoid water contamination and regular maintenance of these pipes will be tremendous. Aside from these, every residential building and public toilets will have to be equipped with machines to clean out the water before letting it into the potable water tunnel. (Or it could be redirected to a water recycling plant.) And then shall come the issue of energy. I’m working here with a region of regular sunlight supply and so the roof of every high rise building shall be equipped with a solar panel large enough to maintain the power supply for the building. This cost of equipping buildings with solar energy harnessing machines will be tremendous and so becomes another factor in making this fantastical. And let’s not forget the need to provide a battery to store the surplus energy for nights and cloudy/stormy days. If it still appears realistic then allow me to add one more item on the list to make this fantastical (and also pollution controlling): Solar powered vehicles.
One more major factor shall remain to be taken care of in the residential section (one that could be extended to the agricultural region as well): Taking care of the disposed materials. The biodegradable stuff isn’t hard to decide for. The concept of compost would help get both (upon further treatment) manure and biological environment friendly fuels.
And so we would turn to the third section of this supposedly utopian settlement: The industrial region. This is the only region not as blessed by renewable energy consumption processes like the others (because the costs is already beyond imagination) and thus will be powered by electricity (which MAY be powered by some renewable source of energy). Since industries vary with region/country, there isn’t much to write for a neutral scenario. Just that this section would be a little far from the other two so as to not let it impact the other two sections.
I think I covered all the ideas I had in this regard in this general outline. If I missed anything, please do inform. And what do you think of this idea? (‘COSTLY!’ is something I do expect.) Do you have a much better and VERY cheaper method than this? And if by some luck, someone WITH FUNDS does see this plan? If you WANT to take ideas or take the entire outline for use, then feel free to do so. I will be glad to see something usable come out of this ‘fantasy’ of an idea.