Sunday, 26 August 2012

Future Visions and Scenarios


The growth of urban areas or urbanisation is caused by rural migration and population shifts, increases in urban populations can be commonly linked to influxes modernisation, industrialisation and rationalisation. Resulting in shifts in social orders, from communal 'village' culture with a sense of stability, to a wide spread urban culture where individuals can get lost and forgotten about in the madness.
Urbanisation is forecasted to intensify greatly by the year 2050. Societies must learn to live in collaboration with a number of sustainable economic, social and environmental requirements and services in order to reduce humanity's ecological footprint. Society must strive for an equal balance of urban and regional integration within our cities.

The Site of Woodfordia
Once degraded pastures, the site is currently a 500 acre landscaped cultural parkland dedicated to the arts, humanities and lore. Held by the Queensland Folk Federation, the festival's organisers are a part of a non-profit community group that helped bring infrastructure to Woodfordia. The site has a closed loop water treatment system – all water for the festival is collected on site and treated in the onsite waste water treatment plant, the recycled water is used for irrigation. The festival currently uses approximately 6.2 million litres of water over 6 days, recycles up to 100m3 of cardboard and 10 tonnes of co-mingled recyclable waste within its waste management system. It uses energy efficient LED bulbs in all street lights and has been regenerated with over 95 000 plants by patrons of the annual Planting Weekend and a team of volunteers.

The commitment of the Queensland Folk Federation to sustainability and environmental restoration of habitats, biodiversity and eco-systems has become integral to the festival. Future goals for the site include long term aims for sustainable education, closed-loop services; and sharable, enriching community growth for all residents, festival patrons and surrounding communities. By the year 2050, the Woodford Folk Festival will become a regular and more popular celebration of sharing lore, environmental stability, de-urbanisation, diversity and human rights. Woodfordia will become a festive headquarters for providing, educating and sharing resources, community spirit and environmental appreciation.

The Future of Sharing

Sharing is not only a part of social society, it's a part of life. Expanding this concept loosens the temporal linkages between usage, ownership, resources and demand; becoming an environmental and economical aid to communities. Socialised sharing schemes along with resource education could even effectively alter and improve public behaviour and lifestyles to those that benefit self-sufficiency and sustainability. Communal sharing is a key feature in developing self-sufficient communities because it can assist in breaking down society into more closer-knit localised community hubs. This is beneficial in providing richer and more diverse communities; offering better opportunities for trade and resource sharing within close proximities, reducing transport needs and ultimately help develop a more sustainable future. Such schemes will introduce joint-ownership rights, it will equally divide and distribute responsibilities across all members enhancing community spirit and social stability.

Woodfordia's localised sharing implementation strategies and sustainable community development will lead by example and set a benchmark for communities and cities elsewhere to adapt their social trends routines and lifestyles to those that are environmentally aware. A considerable amount of change is needed to achieve renewable communities, green societies and sustainable development as significant adjustments are required. The festival's past history, committed volunteers, current sustainable beliefs and future goals will aid in making this transition successful as sustainability is more than improving the environmental quality of an area, it’s about community development, decision-making processes, awareness, involvement and engagement. About reaching a common goal and maintaining a balance between economic development and environmental protection.

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