Consciousness & Knowledge - Part Two

Posted on July 07, 2015
Posted By: Jim Bell

Step Three – Become renewable food self-sufficient.

With renewable energy and water self-sufficiency, comes the ability to be renewable food self-sufficient. It also allows for the growth of a great deal of fiber and lumber for local use and trading.

To make the San Diego/Tijuana Region and our planet permanently food self- sufficient, it is essential that we protect our agricultural soils from further development and other misuse. My research indicates that we still have enough agricultural soil in our region and on our planet to feed everyone a nutritious diet of tasty, sustainably-grown food with lots of variety.

Unfortunately, this will not be true for our region or world for long, if we do not protect and preserve our best agricultural soils for life-support sustaining agriculture and the sustainable production of wood and fiber.

The San Diego/Tijuana Region Coastal Water Sheds and Agricultural Soils

There are 8 agricultural soil classifications in the San Diego/Tijuana Region. The map above only shows the region’s 4 best agricultural soils, Red-1, Orange-2, Green-3, Brown-4. Knowing where your region’s best agricultural soils are located comes under the heading of determining “where it’s appropriate to do what.” To develop a truly life-support sustaining future, we need to know about all the region’s natural assets like local renewable energy, water and agricultural resources shown in the graphic. We also need to know its hazards like floodplains that flood and are subject to liquefaction during strong earthquakes.

Step Four - Create a Real Free-Market Economy by Adopting “True-Cost
Pricing” or “Cradle to Cradle Pricing.”

Today, almost everything humans do causes human and life-support system harm. More precisely, it’s not so much about what we do, but about  HOW we are doing it.

The ways we support ourselves now depend on converting ever more renewable resources into nonrenewable and often, toxic trash, and in general, using renewable resources in ways that make them difficult to renew.

This begins by artificially reducing the cost of virgin materials versus using recycled materials by using our taxes to subsidize the harvesting and mining of them. The cost of virgin materials is further reduced by exempting material extractors from clean-up and repair after the extraction process is completed. The result is ravaged landscapes, overflowing landfills and ever more destruction of virgin land for raw materials to replace those we despoil and bury.

With true-cost-pricing or cradle-to-cradle pricing, the real cost of all products and services offered in the marketplace would be calculated by an independent unbiased body. This body would be charged with:

+ Determining the true-cost or cradle-to-cradle-cost of all marketplace offerings.

+ Calculating how much money should be added to each product’s/service’s retail price to cover paying for the health and life-support damage each product or service is causing or will eventually cause. This money will be held in reserve to pay for health and life-support system costs as they manifest. If products/services are ultimately determined to be human and life-support system benign, or even positive, no additional money would be added to their retail price.

Consumer Reports Magazine might be a good group to hire for this job. They carry zero product advertising in their magazine. They are also well known for their unbiased product/service/best value for its cost comparison studies. All they would need to add to their current analysis are human health costs and life-support damage costs.

Currently, the public pays these costs through taxes, health costs, property damage (acid rain), etc. In effect, the public is caught in the ironic position of actually subsidizing, with the taxes we pay, the very products and processes that are harming them, their property and their common life-support system.

Additionally, these subsidies retard the development and the commercialization of technologies that are more health and ecologically benign or even positive by artificially reducing the retail cost of ecological, health and socially damaging products and services.

With true-cost or cradle-to-cradle pricing, products and services with the lowest true and cradle-to-cradle cost would also have the lowest retail market price.  As technologies become more ecologically sophisticated there is no reason for commonly used products to be any more expensive to purchase than they are now. In fact, in spite of the subsidies that health and life-support damaging products receive, the market price of some “Green” products is already lower than the harmful, often subsidized, products they replace. Most of them work better too.

Plus, it is always less expensive to prevent ecological, health and social problems than to fix them after they have been created.

Other true-cost/cradle to cradle pricing benefits include:

+ Incentivizing designers and manufacturers to create products and services that are in harmony with human and life-support system health.

+ The elimination of solid waste disposal. With true-cost-pricing or cradle to cradle pricing, everything sold in the marketplace would be designed to be reused, recycled or composted. When all costs are included, this is the most cost-effective thing to do.

+ The elimination of the pollution of the air we breathe, the water we drink and food we consume.

+ The more that people purchase locally produced items, especially essentials like energy, water and food, the more local jobs and business opportunities there will be.

There is a general view that the free enterprise system is the antithesis of a healthy environment. With true-cost/cradle to cradle pricing, free market forces will be powerful tools toward creating a more secure life-support sustaining future for everyone.

Step Five – Reduce Population

The only just way to reduce population is for:
+ Women to be completely free to direct their own lives and especially their sexual lives.

+ Every man becomes an ally to ensure that women have every freedom available to men to direct their own lives, culturally and under the law, and the right to pursue fulfillment in any field of endeavor open to the human family.

+ The world’s women to freely choose to have an average of no more than two birth children during their reproductive lives. Since some women would choose to bear zero children and others only one, some women could bear three or more and still meet the average of two births per woman goal. If the average number of children born per woman was two worldwide, the world’s population would decline by ½% per year. This would mean that for every 1,000 deaths, there would be only 995 births. A ½% rate of population decline (shown as violet on the graph) would reduce the world’s population from 8.1 billion to around 2.7 billion people in 200 years. The world’s population around 1960 was 2.7 billion. Even if, for every 1,000 deaths there are only 999 births, the world’s population would decline, but at a much slower rate.

Step Six – Protecting the Human Family from Natural Threats

In addition to bringing the human family into human and life-support harmony, there are naturally occurring threats to human and life-support system health and wellbeing. Terrestrial threats include increased volcanic activity or a super-volcano eruption. Such occurrences have the potential to blast enough fine particles of dust and ash into earth’s upper atmosphere to reduce or even preclude food production for one or several years. Since we haven’t yet developed ways to eliminate such threats and since volcanic activity can occur without much warning, storing a secure supply of food, water, clothing, shelter and the like is vital to minimize the negative impact that volcanic activity can cause to the human family.

Until a few years ago, storing energy, water, food and other essentials was our only option toward preparing for the occasional collisions with earth-orbit-crossing space-objects large enough to cause significant human and life-support system trauma if they collide with earth.

But, space exploration has shown us that we already have the technology and know-how needed to locate all collision bound space objects large enough to cause serious human and life-support system damage if they collide with us.

We also have the technology and knowhow to alter their course enough to avoid such collisions if we discover them soon enough.

If we start in earnest to create a Space Debris Defense System (SDDS), in ten years, we’d be able to nudge collision bound space objects, as large as 500 to 1,000 meters in diameter, off their collision course with earth. As our SDDS capabilities grow, the courses of much larger space objects could be altered enough to avoided collisions with earth.

As a bonus, developing a SDDS will pay for itself by being able to capture desirable close-passing-space-objects into earth or moon orbits for scientific study and mining.

Final Thoughts:

Bottom line, if we want to leave the birthright of a happy, healthy, prosperous, life-supporting sustainable future to our children and future generations, these 6 steps and becoming more conscious are the minimum we must do, and the sooner the better.

We’ve come so far, why blow it now? We know what can be done. All we have to do is, do it. If those living over the next 60 years or so develop life- support sustaining economies and ways of life planet-wide, there is little to stop us from accomplishing anything we can imagine on this planet and beyond, including the eventual sustainable colonization of other planets in our own galaxy and in the universe beyond, starting with getting it right here first.

For details on an investment strategy to make the San Diego County side of the Region renewable energy, water and food self-sufficient, go to www.jimbell.comand click on “Green Papers”. Although this paper focuses on electricity, the same strategy, with slight modifications, can be used to make the whole region renewable energy, water and food self-sufficient as well. The paper shows that even at 2005 prices and PV efficiencies of 10%, becoming renewable electricity self-sufficient in San Diego County, would add billions of dollars to its economy and create over 400,000 job-years of employment. Now, commercially available PV panels are twice as efficient as the 2007 paper assumes and are less expensive too. This strategy can work almost anywhere on our planet, modified for climate, renewable energy sources available and other local conditions.

To Support This Work, Send Donations to the: Ecological Life Systems Inst. (ELSI),
4862 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107-2108 or call 619-758-9020 or visit jimbell,com for more information.

Hubble Extreme Deep Field Photograph

This picture was taken from earth by pointing the Hubble Space Telescope at a small seemingly empty area of space. After 2 million seconds of exposure, empty space yielded the estimated 5,500 galaxies in the picture above. Some of these galaxies are calculated to be 90% as old as the universe itself.

This Deep Field Photograph shows that even if earth, our sun and solar system or even our own Milky Way galaxy disappeared from the universe, it wouldn’t cause a ripple in the bigger scheme of things.

But, no matter how insignificant we may be, to our out credit, out of potentially billions of species of life that have already existed and gone extinct and an estimated 7.8 million species of life that are alive today, we are the only form of life that can understand the message written in this paper and act on it.

Will we? I don’t know. I do know that we have the potential to do it. But if we
don’t do it soon, our chance to do it will be lost.


Authored By: Professional Life Jim Bell is an internationally recognized expert on life-support-sustaining development. His projects include the design and construction of the San Diego Center for Appropriate Technology and Ecoparque, a prototype wastewater recycling plant in Tijuana, Mexico that converts sewage into irrigation water and compost. He also worked as a consultant for the Otay Ranch Joint Planning Project and the East Lake Development Company. He has also served

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July, 13 2015

Richard Vesel says


At the heart of all the necessary changes are #4 and #5.

#4 - true cost pricing for everything would drastically reduce exploitation and destruction of non-renewable or slowly renewable resources, beginning with air and water, then land, mineral resources, etc. For all living beings up to this point in history, our air, water and land have been treated as open sewers. It was not until the 1970's when the Clean Air and Clean Water began to dismantle this paradigm. There is a long long long LONG way to go.

One way to approach this is simply to insure zero waste streams. *Everything* which is currently cast off or exhausted as useless must enter as input to some other productive or regenerative process. No waste, period. All used materials are 100% recycled. We can't do this overnight, but as a goal for the next century, it is certainly possible.

#5 - In summary, you refer to education, specifically higher education, which empowers everyone. Illiteracy and ignorance, and any accompanying political or religious dogma which maintains illiteracy and ignorance, promotes uncontrolled and often profligate reproduction. People need to see opportunity and options to do more with their existence than to just live, reproduce, and die.

Birth rates demonstrably decline with improved levels of literacy and self-determination. This is particularly important in third world areas where population growth is expected to continue.


July, 22 2015

Jim Bell says

I realize that my Consciousness & Knowledge paper is different than the fare of articles that Energy Pulse generally publishes. So I greatly appreciate that two of you made comments about it. My response to both of you is as follows: Consciousness & Knowledge - part 1 - What the paper is about is the whole world. If the whole world, not just the US. If the world doesn't do something close to what I recommend in the paper, no region or country that does, will be safe. But every region or country that does do it will be an example that the rest of the world can follow.

Consciousness & Knowledge - part 2 - Yes, creating a real free-market economy by adopting true-cost/cradle to cradle pricing and slowly reducing the number of people alive on our planet at anyone time are essential to the human family's long term success. But becoming more conscious and knowledgeable, becoming renewable energy, water and food self-sufficient and protecting from and preparing for the impact of catastrophic terrestrial phenomena and collisions with space objects large enough to cause serious damage to people and the planetary life-support system, are essential to creating a peaceful, prosperous and life-support sustaining future..

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