Before the pandemic, 3 million people were migrating to cities, according to a United Nations (UN) study in 2009. Globally, urban centers are collapsing and generating 200,000 emergency neighborhoods, as a result of the movement of 1 billion people excluded from the productive system. Even occupying 2% of the planet's surface, cities mostly damage the environment by consuming 80% of global energy, generating 70% of waste and emitting 60% of greenhouse gases.
With the pandemic, it became clear that the city habitat, which is home to the majority of the world's population, is in intensive care. And it has been because of a false diagnosis. In this context, it is clear that many cities became hostile and unhealthy places. The lack of investment in rural areas and the promotion of urban life have only aggravated the problem.
With the pandemic, the veil on cities fell and other habitat alternatives are being considered by millions of people around the world.
The ES VICIS Foundation has been working since 2014 on rural repopulation to reverse the migration trend to the cities, and we are recording this change of paradigm. Each week, on average, we receive the registration of more than 300 families who contact us to help them migrate to a town (10 times more than the consultations we received at the beginning of the year). At the same time, they write to us from dozens of rural villages so that we can collaborate with their local development to avoid their extinction.
Today, technology offers this possibility to more and more people, who can make this change without even thinking about looking for another job.
This new paradigm requires that both the public and private sectors prepare for a major internal migration, which without a sustainable plan can again lead to a collapse. For migration to be sustainable, three pillars must be worked on: welcome, work, and housing (which must include infrastructure). These are the three pillars that inspired our "Welcome to my Village" program. All of them require important preparation. Therefore, anticipating a plan in the face of imminent reality is what we must work on during confinement.
The false diagnosis must be ruled out. In the post-covid era, more than ever, the future is in the rural villages. And it is necessary to promote social and economic development in rural regions, which are so far behind in the world's political agenda.
- We have a plan to scale model, create more impact and sustain operations. Initial funds are required to develop technology that manages data efficiency, which will further enhance the ES VICIS foundation’s financial sustainability.
- to LIVE in a LESS DENSIFIED city or
- to SELECT A VILLAGE with welcoming attitude, have a work, a home and adequate infrastructure.
- Any contribution is most welcomed.