Sustainable Indonesia - 8 Reasons Why Indonesia's Future is a Resource Based Economy

The 2nd Annual Zeitgeist Media festival, an event that aims to bring the principles of a Resource Based Economy (RBE) to the Indonesian public, was recently held in Jakarta. An RBE is an economy emphasizing the intelligent management of the Earth’s resources for the betterment of all the worlds people, inline with the earths carrying capacity and natural law.

The Zeitgeist Movement is a global organization that advocates a stewardship of the planet, mindful of the plethora of problems we face as a species and a planet. Here are 8 things we learnt about Indonesia operating as a Resource Based Economy

An opinion piece submitted by Jimmy Thoriq


1) Deforestation

In a recent article, we detailed how Indonesia suffers the highest rate of deforestation in the world. In an RBE, the unnecessary, polluting misuse of forestry would be a thing of the past

Source: Architecture and Design Magazine

Source: Architecture and Design Magazine

2) Pollution

Gone would be the days of fossil fuels for energy, entering into a clean renewable energy phase worthy of the 21st Century. 

Source: www.auenvironmentalscience.blogspot.com

Source: www.auenvironmentalscience.blogspot.com

3) Connection to the Land 

The vast archipelago hosts diverse communities and wildlife that still live in complete harmony with the natural world, however this is under threat from modern consumerist needs 

Source: www.dw.de

Source: www.dw.de

4) Efficiency 

Hate the traffic? An RBE takes a ground up approach that maximizes technological efficiency, creating greener living spaces in urban environments. With the potential for an oncoming robotic revolution, this may not be as far away as we think.

Source: www.lava360.com

Source: www.lava360.com

5) Poverty 

An RBE uses the world’s resources for the betterment of all the human race. No man, woman or child would be allowed to go without food, shelter and an education.

Source: www.freedistrict.com

Source: www.freedistrict.com

6) Corruption

Decisions would not be in the hands of political and economic elites. Rather, decisions would be arrived at through empirical reasoning, aligning with the scientific method.

Source: www.nodogsoranglophones.blogspot.com

Source: www.nodogsoranglophones.blogspot.com

7) Overfishing

The tragic reality is that our consumption of fish, combined with pollution and ocean acidification, will lead to completely fishless oceans by 2048. If we are to realize something other than an aquatic apocalypse, we cannot allow the solutions to poverty like Jokowi’s increasing fisheries to continue. 

Source www.worldwildlife.org 

Source www.worldwildlife.org 

8) Spirituality 

The concepts of an RBE speak to a traditional element in Indonesian culture that was around long before it met colonialism. An RBE would allow for a reconnection to something lager than the individual is afforded in a modern materialistic society. 

Source: www.dandapani.org


Source: www.dandapani.org

It may seem far-fetched, but at the very least, it serves as a probing thought experiment. Indonesia is becoming increasingly decoupled from its natural resources and ecosystems. An RBE would allow Indonesians, and indeed the world, to live sustainably and happily in harmony, updating our value systems to ensure that everyone can thrive on the planet, at the expense of no one.

Again, the future may be closer than we think. 

For more on a Resource Based Economy, check out the Indonesian chapter of the Zeitgeist Movement.

Article submitted by Jimmy Thoriq


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