The resources of this planet are finite. Nature’s natural regenerative power is constrained by humankind’s inability to recognise natural boundaries. The accumulation of knowledge is infinite. Reducing our environmental footprint will not be possible by passing the buck. Decisions within national boundaries have an impact, beyond our national realm. Providing for adequate wherewithal for each individual must be our primary goal.
Technology can serve a purpose to achieve a goal. Technology cannot be an end to itself. The planet and its resources are common good. Placing our actions under the principal of common good, and avoiding its pitfalls, by placing private interest secondary to public good – “To each according to his needs”, Karl Marx, may not be an easy path, but it is the only path that places private interest after public interest .
Our present day governance systems of checks and balances have proven to be inadequate, in stemming the path of destruction. The watchers we installed have failed in their duty. As James Madison said in 1788, “If men were angels, no Government would be necessary”, (Federalist, no. 51). As the fallen “angels”, we must recognise our inadequacies, and seek forms of local governance that give unto us, the ability to be both leaders and followers, the watchers and the watched, we can avoid the tragedy of the commons. The commons is our planet and all of us who reside therein,
Reallocation of urban space, to cater to immediate needs of citizens such as food, water and housing. Every individual needs to have access to a plot of land, where the fruits of the Earth can be planted and harvested at no cost – Zero budget farming.