Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 8, 2008
Filed Under Green Report / Media
As the US struggles to rein in its gluttonous appetite for energy, Libya, one of the world’s largest oil producing countries, has announced that it will create the largest sustainable development in the world. The development is the brainchild of Saif al-Islam, a son of the once-maligned Libyan president Muammar Gadaffi, and it is centered around the ancient city of Cyrene, first settled by the Greeks in 631 BCE.
The development gets its green footprint from many forward-thinking features, including a closed-loop water system, renewable energy use and production for all energy needs, archaeological areas, and a national park. The most eye-catching idea is micro-banking; the area plans to foster local development and economic success through a local banking system – an important piece that many “buy local” folks often miss.
The overall plan isn’t exactly earth friendly, however. The first development will focus on an ultra-exclusive hotel / spa that is sure to change the character of the important historical area (it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982). There will also be a significant area turned into farmland for biofuel crops. And the biggest challenge will be to maintain the undeveloped 136-mile coastline, one of few intact stretches on the Mediterranean Sea.
While this plan is only in its infancy and faces many hurdles, we should admire this dedication to tread lightly from an oil-rich nation.