GREEN LESISURE OASES
Eco-plazas are leisure facilities, the like of which, presently don’t exist. Eco-plaza is a centre where arts, sustainable development, entertainment, design, culture, learning, and philosophy combine. Eco-plaza offers a new method donating to charity, not just money, but resources, converting local positive intentions and selfless actions into practical local and international benefits. Eco-plaza provides a centre for environment friendly living, coordinating and promoting wholesale greening methods, through entertainment. Eco-plaza is built combining ecological innovation with non-linear style architecture.
The potential facilities at Eco-plazas are almost unlimited; eco-plazas being places where skills are being exchanged; imagine a place where you could try making a clay pot, abseil, present an idea or invention, discuss how we can help the elderly of the town, produce your own song, learn how to make sushi, flower arranging, play backgammon, learn how to save petrol, see theatre, try weaving a carpet, thatch a roof or build a straw bale house, design a webpage, make stained glass, deliver an effective speech, write a screenplay, ploughing a field, fly a model helicopter, mix music, make a mosaic, do voluntary work or paint with watercolours and a spectrum of other possibilities. A facility for the community designed around practical living and leisure.
These centres would be established using reclaimed materials, run mainly on renewable energy, offering information, talks, workshops and a forum for speakers from the public who tithe into the Eco-plaza their own skills, resources and interests.
Eco-plaza could be visited for the day or you could stay in comfortable, ecological accommodation, and partake in numerous activities. Eco-plazas would have common themes yet vary in facilities, size and design. Through visitors tithing their skills and the use of the Internet Eco-plazas become organisational centres.
They could be likened to an intellectual and leisure theme park. Through Eco-plaza affordable leisure can take root making life more enjoyable, by providing everyone with access to a wealth of communal resources we presently don’t have access to.
Through collecting and combining the skills and resources of a community we would have access to thousands of items ranging from mountain bikes to DJ equipment, gym equipment, trailers, canoes, kite-surfs. These would be donated or loaned and collected whenever required. By having access to the excess resources reduces unnecessary consumer purchases, which may otherwise have been stored in the garage or loft after being used only once.
New ecological technologies can be presented and tested, whilst pensioners can pass their knowledge and find community support. Through Eco-plazas, we would be better able to discover our talents, interests and vocation.
Visits could be like a mini-holiday. Whilst Internet offers endless possibilities online, Eco-plazas can offer this in terms of experiences. Every visit depending upon what’s on offer.
Team- Together Everyone Achieves More
The sum total is always greater than the parts that comprise it. The principle of Eco-plaza is give and take operating in a new form, thus we gain experiences whilst tithing our skills, time, resources, and money. Some of the facilities would be for a fee and some free, with every paid transaction a percentage tithe covering forest community manufacturing costs and tree planting. Eco-plazas have a complex financial operational system, established in each Eco-plaza, to help build for the first time the infrastructure for keeping carbon sinks forests safe. Through cost offsetting methods, products sold in eco-plazas can be manufactured primarily by forest dwelling communities, giving them an income. Participants tithe incremental skills to establishing the infrastructure for this trade on a well coordinated voluntary basis to take place.
For instance; Mr Wilson has a spare windsurf board in his loft, he never uses it so he donates it to an Ecoplaza. The Windsurf board is hired out to Mr Ascot for 10 euros per week for three weeks. From this, three euros goes into planting trees, 27 euros becomes available for project sponsorship. Professor Jones on holiday in Equador has two weeks spare, he visits an Ecoplaza in London and finds that with his Quechua linguistic skills he can spend some time translating for Mr Wallis a business manager and Mr Talbot, a product development specialist teaching the Quechua people how to set up a cooperative workshop to make hammocks from the finest llama wool. The products are then taken back to Quito via an empty van on a return trip and shipped back in a half filled container for sale. This process can all be organised through eco-plazas and the interne, producing funding and wholesale answers where they presently don’t exist.
Eco-plazas can work well internationally enabling people to combine resources for the greater benefit. They would be as effective in cities as rural areas, and most useful where there are few entertainment facilities or in the poorest of countries. Eco-plazas enable charities to showcase their work and find the resources they require. Through unskilled people using a combined computer resource, Eco-plazas enable information gaps to be filled promoting innovations and technologies to help companies become greener.
A step towards leisure renaissance, discovering new skills through combining resources
Climate change discovered by the scientists, presented by the politicians, yet can only ever be solved through more advanced cooperation of people. Eco-plaza creates joined-up thinking scenarios facilitating this. Any visit to Eco-plaza is multi-tithing, it benefits the local community, helps replenish resources into the Earth and sustains the forest communities, just through purchasing a cup of tea. Eco-plazas are ideal for those living with financial constraints, providing social support in completely new ways. They open the way to a time of unmatched creativity, where the excess of our leisure facilities is available and shared, whilst exchange of knowledge simultaneously benefits us all; locally and globally. These natural paradise oases are a living metaphor, however, Eco-plaza provides synergistic, incremental answers to ecological problems in a new form. Idealism doesn’t figure, just practical methods built and expanded upon for the replenishment of natural resources.
Companies can tithe excess stock and building materials and householders items they would prefer to recycle, musicians can tithe through music, celebrities through concerts. Through this Eco-plazas provide a new form of integrated support structure, building bridges, so instigating practical support to forest communities, whilst enjoying leisure activities.
Eco plaza- Carbon sinks combining to save the planet
How to provide an income for forest based residents internationally is the unanswered Bali question. It’s in everyone’s interest to help provide millions of forest dwellers in the most remote regions of Africa, the Amazon, Borneo and Indonesia, with an income, but how, the best environmental brains in the world are stuck on this question. Without this, forests aren’t safe and therefore it’s impossible to sustain carbon sinks, necessary to address climate change.
What’s required is broad trade in forest based products, yet neither small traders, multinationals nor NGO’s have the complex infrastructure or skills required to connect and help them. Having a thorough knowledge of local materials, ethnology, anthropology, local dialects, and the adaptability to teach indigenous people in very remote regions, whilst using minimum of forest resources, is an unviable undertaking for most. The know how of producing marketable products using sustainable business practices takes time, imagination, skills, and finance and putting ethics alongside or in front of profit.
We need a vast, financially-based mechanism, to fund and instigate the infrastructure required to get forest based products out of the jungle and into warehouses, available for traders internationally where they can be sold on to keep carbon sinks safe.
Forest residents have little chance of joining world commerce. Without knowledge of markets, quality control, materials sourcing, exporting, packaging, sustainable development, business management, or cottage scale production.
Ben and Gerry’s and The Body Shop have proven trade not aid schemes can work though, helping forest based communities develop their traditional skills, establishing cooperative workshops for the production of quality products for their shops, providing locals with an income from sustainable development produce. They tailored products to meet both their skills and market needs thus making these communities commercially viable.
These are ingredients for making all carbon sinks viable, yet on a global scale. This answer is unlikely to come from governments, aid organisations, environmental groups or scientists either. What’s required here isn’t specialists but generalist, who can distil diverse fields to corroborate many incremental solutions. With the ability to connect coherently between many diverse fields answers can be found where none existed before.
Eco-plazas provide a network that puts together this international jigsaw transforming donations we can offer in the western world. It transfigures these voluntary tithes so that co-operation between forest-based communities and companies can take shape.
In order to support forest based communities there needs to be a very high turnover of forest based products internationally therefore, the products need to be sold by both small traders and multinationals. Multinationals demand straight forward supply and as mentioned don’t have the infrastructure required to source the products. With Eco-plazas established the complex infrastructure and crucial logistics can be overcome because plazas act as wholesalers and a bridge between forest-based communities that supply their products to multinationals. For the first time, it’s viable for traders of all sizes to sell sustainable forest products en-mass without requiring any specialist logistical expertise themselves.
The potential of Eco-plazas is vast. It functions with Eco-tithe and Global Immune System. The three working synergistically can counteract climate change on a whole new scale, unmatched by anything that has gone before.