I may be moving soon to a developing country in the Pacific, so I have been thinking a little more about starting a green business of some sort there. The climate is tropical, so heat is not an issue. I would like to put together a business plan that fulfills the following criteria:
1) it can be implemented in a phased manner, where each phase makes money;
2) each phase should be easy to learn, allowing users to develop skills on the job;
3) each phase should build on the previously implemented phases;
4) the final product should be a complete bioremediation system that requires no input but labour.
There was a proposal floated by Dr. Paul Olivier at Biopod along these lines:
A PROPOSAL FOR THE ELIMINATION OF LANDFILL IN VIETNAM
It does not, of course, promise a fully phased implementation of a bioremediation machine, but it does present a promising start with a highly democratic system. This, in my mind, is the way aid should be done. We all know the invisible hand only serves to hold most people face down in the mud. These are invisible wings, the purpose of which is to elevate the people by application of their own effort.
The Green Gap
In the Cold War, we feared a Missile Gap was a strategic weakness. Nowadays, we must awaken to the fact that the Green Gap is true strategic weakness: the nations whose economies will thrive in the coming years will not be those with the biggest factories, but those with the most sustainable, efficient, and ecological markets. What we require is a Strategic "Green Reserve" of ecological design to weather the coming changes that both climate and resource scarcity will force on the international economy.