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.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

I Need Your Help: How Can We Make Land Ownership Fair?

I have a goal: equitable land stewardship.
In my mind, the goal has two subsidiary objectives: allowing the investors to make a small (long-term) profit while allowing the landless and economically disadvantaged take benefit from the land without having to pay rents.

I'm so keen on this idea that I've already pulled out my RRSPs in preparation to invest them in a land co-operative.

My sole problem: I have objectives but no plan.

This is where you come in. I need your brain. I need your ethics. I need all the viewpoints I can possibly collect. I need your advice on how land ownership can be made moderately profitable so that I can pitch the idea for people to get out of their worthless mutual funds and into a land-cooperative that's not only good but real as opposed to imaginary wealth. I need your advice on how such a land use plan would allow for the landless and economically disadvantaged to use the land as a security blanket and possible source of income without worrying about rents and endless fees. I'm willing to pitch in to start making land use more equitable, and if we can work together to make it moderately profitable over the long term, then we can get others to put their money where their heart is.

Any idea helps. Let's find a way to simultaneously pull investment capital out of the stock market, liberate land from private ownership, and help those who have been disadvantaged by the current economy. I look forward to your comments!


  1. Here's a start: you can volunteer either as a person who:
    1) has no money and wants to be a steward to/on the land, or
    2) has money and wants to give it to a sustainable investment, or
    3) both wants to be on the land and invest.

    Right now, I'm number 2, and we can start our kitty at about $30,000. Who else is in, and how can each type of steward contribute?

    1. I'm in, and I should be able to scrounge $500-$1000.