• Michael Garrett

My Eco-Friendly Village named MURI

As part of our online programme during the COVID-19 crises, our students were tasked with undertaking a project which involved independent research, critical thinking and presentation skills. This is just one of those projects which was completed by Ben who is 9 years old and from Switzerland. He designed an eco-friendly village.

The community would have approximately 5000 - 6000 inhabitants (the year is 2150) and will have the following compulsory/mandatory buildings and services:

- Energy and electricity from solar panels and water and wind energy- school - Local community/ municipality - Supermarket

- Living spaces (tiny houses, apartment houses)

- Hydrants - Train station - Park with playground - Community Farm- Industrial area

Also nice to have - Museum - Forest - Open swimming pool or possibility at the river


-  Fire department

-  Police department

Electricity concept All houses contain solar panels on their roof. Batteries are also installed to save the energy for night. Cars needs to be eco friendly electricity cars. There is an electricity station which is furthermore using wind and water energy, as there is a river going through the village. The streets are equipped with solar panels by the side, that the cars can load during driving. Government of municipality All people have to do 2 years of working for the government for a certain percentage. (instead of going to military) They can choose from different departments: -Traffic -Education and sport, interior facilities, international relations and community farm. Community house The community house contains a library, cafe, a community gym area, open working space for companies. It is a place where people can meet and discuss and just enjoy their spare time.

The School The school is a Montessori school, where all children can learn individually due to their abilities. Kids all go to school individually or in groups, walking or going by bicycle. Smaller kids are accompanied by their parents, older kids (from 5 years old -more or less - can go by themselves) Kids are wearing school uniform and besides the normal lessons, kindness, curiosity, being helpful is a big topic. There is an eco friendly playground on the school area. They have a swimming pool, also a small stadium for sport sessions. Police and Fire Department

Located centrally in the village. Hydrants Hydrants are important and collect the water from the river in case they are needed (in case of fire). The hydrants are connected. If fire is on one side of the village the water can be directed to the place where its needed. This is done from the control room in the fire station. Train Station There is a train station in the centre of the village, which leads to all bigger cities within the country. Train goes regularly every 20 minutes during week time and every 30 minutes at weekends. Cars Cars will go with a Anti-G-Motor. An Anti-G-Motor makes the cars eco friendly and can hover. The Anti-G-Motor goes with Electricity. The electricity comes from solar panels.

Houses/Apartments All houses are built from eco friendly materials. Energy concepts with good windows, minor-energy concepts are included. All houses have solar panels on their roof to heat water or to get energy. Recycling All houses has recycling bins. Rubbish will be separated into different bins; plastic, aluminium paper, glass, batteries, lamp bulbs, natural rubbish, rest or mixed.

Plastic will be reduced as good as possible it will be prohibited to use plastic bags. Also fruits and veggies cannot be stored into plastic bags. There can be a punishment of 10.000 Muri-Dollars using plastic bags. Community Farm On the community farm are working farming families which own the land. They are growing vegetables and corn for the community, which is sold in the local supermarket. Animals as cows, pigs, chickens, life healthy and gives milk, eggs and meat. There is no overproduction, which helps the farmer to receive normal good prices and provide good and healthy living conditions for animals and plants. Industrial area One part of Muri has an industrial area. There are local and international companies, which have to work with eco friendly conditions and pay a salary which is good for the people. Nice to have: Hospital There is a small individual hospital for around 10 villages in an area of approx 30 km. Museum There could be a museum with the history of the village and also with history, like life was in the 1990s until 2020s. Supermarket Sells if possible, local food from the farms, furthermore other goods, which are needed for daily life.

Restaurants and Cafes There are restaurants and cafes which are kid friendly, sometimes have a playground where kids can play safely. Open community swimming pool There is a community swimming pool (open air) which can be heated due to the solar panels. It has different areas (playground, green for sun beds, big swimming area with 50 m length, baby pool, kids pool) In real cold times it is not open. This is maybe uncomfortable, but to have an eco friendly village we need to stay ecofriendly. Muri is surrounded by a big forest on one side - kids can play there, families can barbecue and there are eco friendly roads for walking and cycling. Muri has enough bins everywhere, that the streets are clean. Not using the bins will make punishment of 20.000 Muri Dollar. (currency in the future)

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