Introduction

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
 
Native proverb

One day a history will be written, our history. It will be a story told by future generations, and it is they who will decide how we are to be remembered. Our hubris, ignorance and impotence will be exposed, and no present day excuse or justification is going to sway favour. They simply are not going to forgive us for the hostilities we have acted upon the planet. This is already our shame to carry. However, what we do next will be our legacy.

 

It would indeed be a tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump.
 
David Ormsby Gore

 

Over twenty years of Summit meetings to finally agree on what David Suzuki has been telling us since the eighties…well done. Our world leaders are a bunch of kids standing in a swimming pool pissing, arguing about who is responsible, and who should stop first. Action is required, not consensus. We are past the position of debate. At this pace we surely will be remembered as the most informed species to commit ecocide. Certainly the only ones willing to undertake such an experiment.

If we are going to address the most pressing issues of our time in a focused and productive way, we will need to be intellectually honest. Cooperation, sacrifice, and a sense of urgency will not only be needed, but necessary for any chance of success. These challenges are difficult, but not impossible. We just need to get out of our own way.

 

We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.
 
François de La Rochefoucauld

 

If environmental and humanist values are at the core of Canadian culture, then we should feel ashamed. Ripping the face off the planet for oil in Alberta contradicts any notion that this has merit. Yet, this is but one example of how we are willing to wave our integrity for profit. This is not an arrogance the planet can afford. Canada needs to express its sovereignty and adopt a new way of thinking about how we design our cities and organize our societies. We are indentured to do what is right for the planet and the children of tomorrow, not what is convenient for us. This will require sacrifices from everyone, regardless of ones position. It is our responsibility to right the ship and get ourselves going in the proper direction.

 

We need a Marshall Plan for the Earth.
 
Naomi Klein

 

Acadia is a vision for the future. A provincial city living in symbiosis with nature and providing a quality of life for all its citizens. It is a proposal specifically tailored for the Maritime provinces and is accompanied with designs, concepts and timeline. Should this project prove itself a viable and economical solution then it can be a template for Canada to transition to a genuinely green country before the end of the 21st century. However, this will require rebuilding trust between government, banking, industry and citizens. We must all act with civility and conviction, if we are to be relevant in the future. To necessitate for this the project is divided into three stages of growth.

Ocean Pearl

It all begins with planting a seed, Lobhta House. A home designed to be an off grid closed system capable of growing food. It also focuses on being low maintenance, long lifespan, and near zero chemical or petroleum use. It is with this home that the concepts and research for the Ocean Pearl Village will be finalized. This should be about a five year project.

From this research the Ocean Pearl village will sprout. A village of forty-five family villas in the form of a circle. Each property is a two acre permaculture garden and forest with an off grid home. Acting in concert, this ringed community will create income by producing healthy food and clean energy. They also share a beachfront tourism business and marina. The Ocean Pearl village will take around ten years to mature. It is at this time that we will better understand if the Acadia project is worth continuing.

Shediac Sandcastles

Should confidence in the Ocean Pearl Village take root, then the Shediac Sandcastles would be plausible. If the local population is confident and motivated, then a dozen of these villages could be built simultaneously along the coast like a string of pearls. These will supply food and energy to the town centre, which will be remodelled. The present infrastructure will be greatly reduced and lands returned to a natural state, as outlined in the Maritime Agreement. It will take about two decades to transform Shediac into Canadas first off-grid, carbon neutral town.

Acadia City

The success of the Shediac Sandcastles is essential if Acadia City is to blossom. Maritimers will be presented with an opportunity to be a beacon of hope for the world. A lighthouse to guide us out of stormy waters. But It will take solidarity and sacrifice amongst all citizens and institutions to realize this vision.

If Acadia reaches its full potential it then can be a model for the rest of Canada and the world. Then perhaps one day in the future, when our history is written, it can be said that Maritimers did something.

Acadia should be our legacy.