Exploration is one of humankind’s strongest attributes. Without exploring our world, we would never advance our civilizations into a more informed society of communities. Many nations, states, islands, cities, and neighborhoods seek a ‘sustainable community solution’. What’s missing are examples of ‘sustainable communities’. The Mars On Earth edutainment park provides one example. Colonies on planets outside our own Earth will require a sustainable environment in order to support life and survive. This includes all the components we seek for sustainable communities on Earth: clean air, renewable energy, potable water, nutritional food, and durable shelters from climatic conditions. It also includes efficient transportation, ‘smart’ technologies for communication, monitoring, and information gathering. It must succeed in converting all waste to useful reuse, including human waste, plastics, metals, and any other materials that outlive their initial function. The indoor environments should be free of airborne particulates (mold, smoke, for example) and toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and a multitude of other products that off-gas from furniture, paints and coatings, adhesives and glues. In space, these pollutant sources must be either filtered (which requires energy) or avoided completely.
Mars On Earth immerses each guest in a new environment that most have never seen nor even imagined. Each guest has the opportunity to explore how a ‘sustainable community’ is formed and managed, from rover technologies to new farming methods.