Take a naked child, what does that child need?
- It needs it's parents to care for it.
- Therefore we must support the parents (community services)
- It needs clean air
- It needs clean water
- It needs to be kept in a thermally stable environment 65 to 85 degrees F or so. (clothing and also housing)
- It's family needs food and food security
- a small fuel or power source to cook food
- It needs a mentally stimulating environment (a large garden is ideal)
- It will need some medicines at some point. (provided by the garden and community but also trade)
- Access to accurate information
The cheapest available solutions to the above problems are:
- One worker families or no more than 60 hours total for two workers.
- social safety nets (cheaper than prisons)
- restricted burning of fuels (no coal, oil, biofuel or gas burning without community restrictions)
- No net discharge of wastes to water systems. Because dumping fertilizer in drinking water is insane that's why.
- A cob or straw bale house (mud and straw; what could be cheaper?) works everywhere but the arctic where logs and mud work just fine. Geo-exchange is just another way of accessing thermal mass. Fabrics can be made from a very wide variety of materials from wool to musk ox to hemp to nettles.
- Food security depends upon a biodiversity of food sources. Multiple sources ensure that no failure of a single source results in disaster. Permaculture agriculture promotes this concept. By contrast our current food stream is almost entirely corn, soy, rice, wheat, potatoes, barley and cane sugar.
- Solar ovens backed up by wood-gas stoves could provide most of the cooking heat at fraction of current fuel use of even the poorest families.
- The cost benefit analysis of gardens effects on health suggest that for that reason alone people should spend time gardening.
- A community based upon healthy diet and exercise can more easily afford to care for the remaining sick.
- Durable, cheap laptop computers have been designed that could be available to everybody on the planet. Information is the best birth control.
- bicycles, barges, heavy rail and sail-powered shipping can move the worlds goods. Airships don't require roads so could possibly be cheaper than rail on many routes. Solar power and solar-generated liquid fuels would be sufficient to provide this transportation structure.
Carbon Capture can be handled by
- Biochar agriculture (requires a hoe and machete)
- Rangeland management prioritizing soil optimization (requires a boy with a long stick to prod cattle)
- Forest reserves, orchard crops and coppicing. (requires a billhook and pruning knife)
- As a last recourse seeding oceans with powdered minerals that fix carbon dioxide. (requires massive industrial machinery and large shipping capacity)