• Plan B: Noah’s ark of seeds

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Ever wondered what will happen if we fail to prevent Climate Change? Read this article and watch the video of the real Plan B, from the Guardian.

    February 26 2008: An ambitious project to safeguard the world’s future food supplies was inaugurated today. The £1.7m “Noah’s ark of seeds” near the town of Longyearbyen, in Norway's remote Svalbard islands, will protect the 2m seeds that represent the world’s agricultural biodiversity against threats such as nuclear war, asteroid impact, terrorist attack, climate change and rising sea levels.

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    My article about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is now live on Inhabitat.

  • In response to Seeds For the Future, posted by Kate Andrews,
    in the thread Plan B: Noah’s ark of seeds

    Hello Kate, I recently watched a news program featuring a seed vault in the Arctic! Organized and founded by one lone man...surrounded by ice to preserve the seeds. Our present reality is now a futuristic movie...mimicking the science fiction I loved watching in the 70's. "A New Earth", indeed is surely evolving into what...? Fifty years from now, will those same seeds be worth more than gold?

  • In response to The seeds of the future!, posted by Alicia Valair,
    in the thread Plan B: Noah’s ark of seeds

    Hi Alicia,

    I would love to find out more about the news program you saw - do you have any online links to the story you speak of?

    You are spot on though - our reality is slowly becoming a sci-fi [futuristic] movie, and this has been fascinating me for months... I would love to hear more about your thoughts on this, as I am currently doing a research paper on it!

    Have you seen the video of the MASDAR Initiative? - terrifying! - I recently commented about it here.

    Image: EcoSaucer, via Treehugger

  • In response to Our Sci-Fi Future, posted by Kate Andrews,
    in the thread Plan B: Noah’s ark of seeds

    Hello Kate, Here's a link to the Arctic Seed Vault and there seems to be a connection: http://www.croptrust.org/main/arctic.php?itemid=211

    Wow! I have read a bit about the MASDAR Initiative, and after visiting the link, it's obvious the average American does not comprehend what is truly happening. Too busy with work schedules and ignoring the global impact of modern science and technology. IPODS and HDTV...that's what Americans are talking about! While man's most incredulous and fantastical scientific creations go unnoticed.

    TBN aired a movie about a month ago during its cult week. Filmed in the 40's, it dramatically told of the re-birth of a once violent and war-torn society. The sophistication of the story and its premise of a future world government was outstanding. The progression to space travel at the peril of losing their affinity for Earth was also a theme. No longer did they need the earth, the land and its creatures for food and survival. It was one of the best movies I've ever seen! The backdrops, spacecraft, architecture and interiors were so very similar to our tomorrow...minimal, clean and hi-tech, and lots of flat screen tv phones and voice control.

    Lastly...did you happen to see the 60 minutes program about the new weapon, a neurological heat /stun gun? This RAY GUN...yes, a ray gun! sends the power of heat towards the enemy, and its so hot one must run away from it or risk burning the top layer of skin. I truly believe the entire interview was a set up. Using reverse psychology on the American people is not unusual. We're often distracted and gullible. The military refused to use it in Iraq, probably due to fear of accusations about testing it on foreigners. I'm sure they really wanted to! But they claim it will not be funded, even if it does save lives. Why, I wondered and the answer was never clear. The "60 minutes" segment was the perfect opportunity to market the weapon to the American people. And did they set it up so perfectly! It was brilliant!

    So, now after the many demonstrations of the weapon on television's favorite Sunday news program, Americans will say: if its a safer alternative, use it! It can save lives and that's all we need to know. I am predicting this new weapon will be fully funded by 2009. And that it will be used right smack here in American, against Americans in 2010.



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