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If we wanted to write off our national debts and create a much smarter economy we could do.

It’s a very simple accounting trick.

In biblical times they used to write off debt every 50 years and start again. Here’s a simple way to do it .. incase we forgot.

If we do it properly it leaves every area of each country with jobs and materials for 300 years.

300 years at todays economic value is over £300 trillion.

Most nations owe 4.5 times their national GDP so every nation has the same issue.

Write off ALL debt on the island using the revalued materials and services for the circular economy.

So now we have about £295 trillion of material wealth on the national balance sheet.

May in UK is tax freedom day – you just worked 148 days to pay for all that 5 trillion of debt and interest.

So now we’ve used the simple accounting trick . We’ve struck off the usury debt of the nation.

and we all have 148 days a year that we can use to work in the circular economy because we’re not working to pay off the 5TN taxes that are driving us all across the world to utter destruction, chaos and hell.

all nations could do it.

Are we all going to be in shock  - yes probably but we’ll get over it, we’re humans?

If everything we do in the new economy whether teach – learn – make – give – protect – nurture – care – in the circular economy generates each person an income from that revalued pile of junk we’ve then reset the debt based economy without violence or financial deception?

Just like that.

two and two is four and there is nothing more to it.

We can then get to work together on the most pressing issues of the day that we care about.

staying under 3 degrees c – gets a bit easier with the above.

Restoring Agriculture would be much easier if everyone had an income from the revaluation. It could be held in an electronic bank account like @positivemoneyuk mention, such as the old bank of england.

There are alot of reasons why the present [global manufacturing of landfill, distribution of said landfill on creditcard consumer model] system is a stranded whale for it’s owners. But it could be morphed into something of great beauty, that needs way less global extraction and movement of landfilly stuff.

It’s been proven that a citizens income works well… Finland just elected a party that’s going to do it.

As it stands, Britain and Italy have counted cocaine and prositution sales as part of the GDP figures for their countries – So if they can do that , we could count WATER SAVED as a real indicator of ecological wealth (California has a year of water left so waters wealth if you pay everyone to save it you have an economy?) – So… Pay everyhousehold $£€250,000 water backed units to go down the ecological circular path

Get paid to repair the earth on a mega scale - Pay the Military to do they the opposite of what they get paid to do now.

Are you a civilian – Get paid for every litre of water you save – that’s the opposite of what you do now &  it creates loads of new jobs.

Are you in need of a home or microhome? Places to live and learn to opensource make in places that were once places to consume.

Get paid to fix up disaster zones – down at the boring job centre – hey, how would you like a job fixing up the forests in haiyan?

Plausible Utopias – If the worlds most profitable company doesn’t need a leader why not apply this to whole countries?

Open source everything - even the intelligence community back it

Fancy a holiday retrofitting flooded cities or drought zones?

Big list of stuff that ain’t working – click – yeah man .. i can help do that.. sign me up..

Region by region – country by country – nice n steady – don’t want to trigger a big climate hickup, war that make us poor or a galactic geo-engineering project.

ok.

Circular economy where materials, skills and meaningful work are always available.

Main themes

Getting out of the financial dung heap without going to war (war’s a bayonet with a worker at each end).

But first you’ve got to know what the problem is. At the moment every economy (public and private debt) owes about 4.35 times it’s national turnover or GDP so despite what you hear on television, the whole world is about equal in debt give or take a donkey or two. (Source John Maudlin) With only 4 years in term what can a government do? Interest racks up and tempers rise. In biblical times they used to write off debt every 50 years and start again. Here’s a simple way to do it – incase you old boys forgot.

Italy recently came up with an innovation to add to their balance sheet. Cocaine sales were added to their GDP. At first it might sound daft – but it’s bought them time on their balance sheet – this sparked a number of thoughts about rebalancing Englands balance sheets for the good of everyone on the island. If we do it so can everyone else? If we don’t do it – we copy everyone else.

Turns out England did same yesterday just to add 10BN to the balance sheet.

Anyway here’s something new.

The parameters are the same for everyone in the northern Hemisphere and Southern hem too.

1. Property – seeing as we value property so much lets revalue it so that we don’t get confused.

Agricultural fields in the northern hemisphere.

Question to ask – are they affected by the recent changes to the jet stream with the new climatic blocking waves that cause flood and drought?

So can a farmer reliably grow the crops they used to and make a living?

Answer. One of the larger grocers in the world says that 95% of fresh food is at risk from this already.

Could the agricultural value for the land in the N Hemisphere be worth less as a result?

Answer. YES in some way – perhaps even 95% less? Unless of course some of it is flooded for natural aquaculture or floating homes?

Maybe..

Ok so is it worth going to war over? – You’d have to be stupid to invade land of uncertain use in the northern hemisphere?

But there is something the Military could do in four years that could reverse 5000 yrs of war..

Anyway – Is the construction value of the land worth more if we build (towns and cities) on it?

Answer. What are the owners or occupiers going to eat? Will they get washed away by the jet stream functions or should there be more floating homes – eg for the River Thames? How does that change land values? What work will floating home owners do – Will supermarkets float and will they offer their customers rowing boats?

What new trades and crafts could emerge locally (boat building) and how might these new trades work in our towns and regions?

Farming of livestock and crops is the largest human endeavour on earth and uses 38% of ice-free land. Our next largest is erosion caused by agriculture, building, logging and mining.

To slow our footprint down –  National Geographic for may 2014 say there are 5 steps.

Step one – Freeze agricultures footprint – that means slowing the clearing of forests for agriculture – logs – minerals. Manufacture forest cheaper than iphones.

Step two – Grow more on farms we’ve got

Farming Arable without ploughing the soil – saves lots of energy and enhances the soils.

Join the farms in new ways & distribute the crops withotu using fossil.

Give the plants a stronger natural start – Three irish teens win google science fair using bacteria to grow food

Military scale permaculture in 2 pictures.

#agroforestry

agro-ecology-africa-example

But then, about 100 km out of Segou, I began to notice something odd. Close to a village were a dozen or so fields boasting plenty of grain atop tall, dark green millet plants. As we left the village behind us, the fields reverted to the usual scorched, stunted lands. And then – the same sight greeted us again. Green, rich fields around the next village. By the end of the day, we had counted over fifty such villages, strung like pearls along the road. They were clearly doing something highly unusual – and highly effective.

How do you do this when others have drought? “Well, we grow lots of different plants in each field, so the soil doesn’t get all tired out by just one crop.”

#allycropping – #permaculture – 12 trees and food for life – example - so if you’re a land owner have you heard of a permie technique Keyline: Whole Farm/Ranch Planning for Water Abundance and Soil Fertility

If you look at England / France / Italy , infact the whole of Northern / Southern hemisphere you can see very little of it is keyline. This is because we think in terms of square fields – and landscapes undulate and cross keylines – it’s keyline designs that cross borders with neighbouring farms that are going to save billions of lives if we hurry up and take heed.

If your landscape looks like this with abundant water – then you stand a chance of surviving as a farmer – don’t mess around keyline works all over the world and we can re-generte the drier landscapes if we took this seriously and spent as much time doing this as we do parading military hardware and smartphone apps – we’d stand a chance..

Military scale keyline permaculture – now that’d be worth paying your taxes for.

If not – expect about half a billion people heading for Europe.. simple as.

Step three – Use resources more efficiently. Invest in the #circulareconomy see point 2 below.

Step four – Shift Diets. Meatless mondays is a big start – so quorn on monday – Rice n beans on Thurs?

Step six – Reduce waste. Remember your dad saying your eyes are bigger than your belly? Try sharing half a meal with your loved ones a few times a week – you won’t starve.

Taken together these 5 steps could double food production. But apparently even 10 % of what we waste could feed the worlds most hungry. These are people who have often been driven from the land to establish more ‘agriculture’ to feed the soon to be empty of fresh food global supermarket chains we all shop in.

Of the about 7% of sunlight that is converted into crops. 55% of global crop calories go to humans direct.

36% of crop calories go to animal feed. 9% goes to bio-fuel. Some animals eat plants direct from the field –  however for animals that are kept indoors all year or over winter when the feilds are soggy floody wet or in drought .. then for every 100 calories of grain we feed to those animals we get the following energy calories out.

40 calories of milk

22 calories of eggs

12 calories of chicken

10 calories of pork

3 calories of beef

An interesting factiod – if four people sit down for a steak – imagine 18,000 litres of drinking water surrounding your table – that’s how much water it takes to make your steak.

So what’s the northern hemisphere worth if we work on a circular basis?

2. Revalue all materials in the loop to benefit the new local economy.

Our next largest footprint is erosion caused by, building, logging and mining.

So after eating the produce of agriculture, it’s the way we build, log and mine.

The 53 M tonnes of construction waste we dispose of each year. Erosion value of said materials – Mr Stern could put a value on that?

The water value of re-using the materials – eg not having to re-use scarce water in all those far of lands?

The transportation value and balance of payments because we don’t have to do?

The value of the use of combined knowledges in universities and on the ground hands on doers.

The materials security value of having the stuff in a local circular loop so you can make stuff from it.

The value of social cohesion and peace of mind.

How do others do it?

So all those materials above ground – separated – shelved and ready for careful re-use.

The construction industry are not involved in DIY as such but it’s a 7.8 BN / yr trade that uses materials that are the second largest footprint on earth. Put a price on that and add it to the value in the national materials stockpile.

the NERD factor. About 250,000 homes a year are in a state of never ending renovation drama. If a combined service were offered – there’s jobs and materials and energy saved there too. What’s the value to the uk gdp to have these upgraded?

Natural capital loss in the world in 2008 was around  $ 5 Trillion – divide that by country and add that into the UK asset GDP calulation of what is saved by valuing and working with nature. If you read this months National Geographic 2014 halting agricultures footprint is number one step.

Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says.

the 670,000 tonnes of waste furniture / year – gotta be worth more than scrap value? Yes - if logging is causing this then what value is this  670,000 tonnes of waste furniture if it’s valued by the amount of time it stays in use? Could all that biodiversity loss at $5TN in 2005 be directly translated into a real waste value of half a trillion a year? What then?

the 360,000 tonnes of waste fabrics thrown away each year – the negative water, energy,transport, value of reusing them – the energy value of reusing them.

The single households that are projected to rise – one family but using two homes

All the metals in military hardware – revalue it for the public good. Put it on the balance sheet as a public good and count it as a public asset. Count all the mining and water and energy we would have needed to use to get it and revalue it for the public good.

The metal in all the cars in the UK and the erosion water and mining factor should place the value of a scrap car way above the value of a new car now? If this were factored into the national materials database resource pool we could have 100M tonnes of looped metals that stay on the island for 500 years – what is the potential value of that to mother earth and to UK? 30M cars have got to be worth 100 times more than their sale value to the nation if we loop use them here?

So if we take the DEBT of every country above and we just look at UK – them perhaps the UK has a material stock of enough stuff for 300 years of life on the island if we simply combine skills and make a new way of life?

In simple terms we could revalue our entire economy to take the long view and value it at say £300 Trillion – we could pay off the whole islands debt – re-configure a circular re-manufacturing supply chain – create homes in buildings that don’t need so much retail space as well as floating homes and new kinds of urban and keyline agriculture as above and give hope to a whole generation of europe’s children – who never got a chance to design the mess we’re in.

Bet you’re excited now?

You can actually look the 15-24 years olds in the eyes without telling them lies.

Give them a home in the Circular Economy – a roof over their head.

Establish Locally owned market places again.

Establish local materials warehouse – processing for NW region might be at Cutacre? Maybe call it loopstore.

As many as locally owned 3d printing services for our parents and children as possible using materials we can loop.

Send all the materials back into the loop store.

3. Combine knowledges

Are you in property manufacturing construction or finance? Wondering where the next big bang is?

Recent research shows that combining lots of different knowledges and industries is a big circular and climate winner.

The benefits for the manufacturing, design and construction industry are considerable.

Over 70% energy saved when knowledges combine rather than compete.

So competing kills the planet? Yesio Yesio big bad mesio.

We can setup home experience centres in all the popular centres across the Northwest and other areas of the UK

Where combined trades get to meet up and re-design those services for local people.

Japan have been doing this for years.

Imagine this on REEBOK and LOCO works being partially used for this and new jobs? / TRAFFORD CENTRE / Bolton Market Place / You name it.

Reconfigure supply chains share..

Can you see how working together  in a new way could lead to the mass renovation of homes using millions of tonnes of stuff we already mined , we have it above ground WHY throw it away?


Good luck.

3 Comments

  1. Excellent article and ideas!
    The trick is to make it happen, since circular economy is a 50 year old idea. The other paradigm shifts you refer to have been sought for even longer.
    My suggestion is not to only try to build the new paradigm within the old but to also work to simply switch paradigms. Use ‘policy switches’ http://blindspot.org.uk/seven-policy-switches/
    Circular economy is #3!

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