So when I was creating the website I realised something. I was doing the research in terms of what could be viable in terms of self-sustainability, and then I realised that the word self-sustainable is incredibly far fetched. I came to the conclusion after researching how much self sustainability was actually possible before sacrificing comfort in the context of a holiday and it is pretty hard to be 100% self sustainable, let alone doing so with minimal effort. I think I should probably reform my question using the word sustainable instead of self-sustainable. There is quite a difference between something that is self-sustainable instead of sustainable, and I feel like I was quite uninformed about it. I feel like I’ve been throwing that word around quite carelessly; using it in the context of self sufficiency, when in fact I believe it is far more attainable to aim for a high level of sustainability.
¨Now some people believe we should be completely free of all grid provided energy and fuels and 100% self sufficient but I can tell you in my many discussions with hard core off-gridders that I have never met anyone that is 100% self sufficient producing everything they need without some reliance on society.”
“Going off-grid and sustainable living does not mean giving up all the tools and conveniences that make life easier, safer and more comfortable. It does mean reducing your reliance on society for things like food, energy, and other conveniences that you could produce for yourself.”
Self-sufficiency is easy to get your head around – you look after your own needs without relying on anyone else for support. Sustainability is a little more complex. It requires an understanding of the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of decision-making. Sustainability requires a long-term, multi-generational view and it requires the recognition that we’re all part of a living system – everything we do impacts the world around us.
This is where neoliberalism steps in, and the problem of choice vs duty forms, and this is exactly where my solution to the problem steps in too, as incentivising an emotional connection with the experience is likely to reconcile the two conflicting sides of neo-liberal generational thought processes.
Creating an environmental-economic-emotional trade off I believe can be the key to creating a new tourist industry all together.
“Energy positive homes. Renewable energy. Door-step high-yield organic food production. Mixed renewable energy and storage. Water and waste recycling. Empowerment of local communities.”
ReGen Villages by EFFEKT, the project imagines a community of buildings that produce all their own food and energy — a model that aims to tackle a wide spectrum of global issues, from the food and water crises to the rise of CO2 emissions.
Each village would comprise a series of buildings with attached greenhouses, creating spaces where families can grow fruit and vegetables, farm aquaponics or recycle waste products. They would also integrate sustainable energy technologies, producing all their own electricity.
Community also seems to be one of the key aspects of sustainable living, which is something that I might have hugely overlooked as I envisioned more of a hotel like complex, which after research is looking more and more unlikely.
The question shall therefore change to this- How could a sustainable community focused holiday aid individuals in re-evaluating their work life balance in a limited time frame?
https://esteloide40.wixsite.com/reset- updated website too