Future Centre Trust, Barbados

What's FCT?

Q: For what?
A: To assist Barbadians in living in harmony with nature.

Q: Strategy?

  1. To inform, by creating the Barbados Future Centre Trust where people can encounter working models of a sustainable future -- from all over the world, as well as from Barbados.
  2. To transform, by applying the information they have to actual movements, influencing on lifestyles, economics and society.

Q: What is sustainability?
A: Use resources without imposing debts to the future generations. Take care of our country so that our descendants can have healthy and productive environments. Not exploit our natural capital, but restrain a bit of our desire. Think ahead. Common sense.

Q: What will it include?
A: Agriculture, communications, eco-nomics, climate change, water, health , biological and cultural diversity, education, energy, industry, oceans and coasts, transport, laws, tourism, waste management, ethical/scientific/spi ritual issues.
Of special importance will be Job Creation which has two successful examples in Europe, an Eco Farm/Garden, and a display of photovoltaic technology by our power company.

Short tour to FCT!

Documentation Centre and restaurant. When we turn right after enterance, two lace entrances suddenly appear.

If we enter the left (Horrors), we can see the present way of life and its consequence when no treatment is done in the future.

Too bad. What are the role models in which the current aptitudes are checked or even reversed? We can see it in the right room (Hopes).

"Conference room" with cuty dolls. Each doll play a role of representative of each interest. They are discussing, say, environmental problems. They can stir up the interest of non-awared visitors or children who are responsible for future. It's necessary to take in various hierarchies of people.

All around the wall is a cree Indian prophercy: only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

They argue not only environmental or natural problems but also others like AIDS, crimes, child abuse and poverty.

Message is conveyed with fun and intrigue, enhanced by art, sculpture and music.

A sculpture created by local artists. Others are under construction outside. They work as volunteers.

Footprints in the photo indicates "ecological foot print" of Barbados. Ecological foot print is the area needed to support an entity, suppling the needs and absorbing the emissions. The ecological foot print of Barbados is nine times their size. This is mainly because of a lot of the fossil fuel used by the visitors and Jumbo Jet. According to this evaluation, the ecological foot print of Japan is smaller than other developed countries. Really? Shouldn't be bigger?

The photos and boards to demonstrate their events and tours.

Compost toilet. Composting is a natural recycling process in which human waste and toilet paper are broken down by microbes into their constituent minerals and cotverted back to earth. Heat, oxygen, organic material and moisture are needed to transform the waste into fertilising soil. One toilet costs $1100 - 1500 US.

Solar Panels (Photovoltaics). Here the power is used to run a small fountain in a pond.

The trees called "Nacadero" screen the house, give shades, increase privacy and make the area more attractive. Japanese houseworks should learn such an idea.

Grey water system. The white barrel receives all the kitchen water and filters it roughly through coral chips. The effluent is sprayed into the compost heeps and fruit trees.

The plant in the middle is NEEM: a remarkable Indian tree for medical, insecticidal, nematicidal and decorative uses. Also for cleaning teeth.

By the way, FCT is trying permaculture. Permaculture integrates the dwellings, work-places, gardens and grounds into a single entity. Every part helps each other.

Weed control is the primary problem of tropical agriculture. They are getting over it by focusing on perennial and tree crops grown in tyres and massive amount of mulch.

An african tree is grown up inside the tyre in the middle. Yellow circles around it mean the expected diameters after 50 years, 100 years and 150 years, respectivfely. The circles were drawn to succeed the history of this tree, FCT and Barbadian nature to future generations. Exhibition of FCT is full of such wits.

A heap of compost. Young fruits are planted around the heap although invisible in the photo. An small forest develops around each heep, and young plants of one theme characterize one forest. For instance,

By the way, there are four mahogany trees nearby. Between them will be a rope walkway sponsored by the Barbados Defense Force.

The Barbados cherry tree of acerola. A lot of them are in the neighborhood.

We can find many of such notices.

Hane-made Chapel. Silk Cotton, a sacred tree in Africa, is in the middle. I think FCT has no religious color, but around Chapel are put up many notices like the one in the last photo, invoking coexistence of humans and nature. Coming under the shade here, escaping from the sunshine, I turned very serene, feeling mother nature.

In the left back in the photo, Nacadero trees are planted along the border of the farm. Nacadero is a south American tree with very high level of edible protein in the leaves. For example, Nacadero leaves are used to feed animals.

In the yellow part in the back is Short Rotation Coppice. When fossil fuels become short, we will probably have to grow our fuel (biomass) as the people had done for hundreds of years. SRC (Short Rotation Coppicing): Like sugarcane, when some trees are cut down, they produce many new shoots from the stump. These grow rapidly on the old root system and produce new trunks.

Green strong one in the front is sugar cane. It's taller than humans.

The plants produced in tyre gardens are provided to their delicious restaurant.

A TAMARIND tree. This hill is a "theater". TAMARIND is useful for

A Rabbit. Chickens, pigs and geese are also kept. By the way, in the net next to it, grapefruit is planted. Grapefruit is originated from Barbados. Did you know it?

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