What Is the Project?
Do you recognize the man in the image above? That's Walt Disney.
You might know him for Walt Disney World and Mickey Mouse, but did you know he had much greater plans for Disneyworld than a mere theme park?
Enter E.P.C.O.T., Disney's Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. Today, it's just a place for kids (and kids at heart) to play around a big, shiny ball, but Disney originally intended Epcot to be a clean, efficient city free of crime, filth, and unemployment and where US corporations could test out prototypes for new inventions.
E.P.C.O.T. was going to be located where Walt Disney World is now. Disney intended the city to be radial in design, with a 30-story hotel in the center that could be seen for miles around. The population density would decrease outward from the center, with residential areas on the outskirts. 20,000 citizens would live and work and get around not in cars, but in monorails and what Disney called People-movers. People would not see the dirty work that would keep the city running, which was done underground. The theme park now called the Magic Kingdom would be at the edge of the city. At E.P.C.O.T., the future would be now.
Unfortunately, Walt Disney died before he could ever get the project up and running, and the project was terminated a couple of years after his death. While some of the original elements of E.P.C.O.T. can be enjoyed in the Epcot and Magic Kingdom theme parks, that amazing community of tomorrow - his Dream - has never and likely will never come true.
"That's nice and all, but what does Epcot have to do with nature and saving lives?" Well, let me tell you.
E.P.C.O.T. was to be an urban utopia. What if there could be a natural utopia?
Imagine a place where forests and gardens thrive in every corner of the landscape and animals roam free to run and free of death from poachers; where all pets and children are nurtured and cared for from conception in the egg or womb to death. Imagine a place where no man, woman, or child dies from cancer, disease, or other treatable maladies simply because they can't afford or don't have access to healthcare; where the doctors, nurses, and others in the service of saving lives care only for the life and well-being of the whole person and not the number charts. Imagine a place where the children can play and explore the beauty and wonder of nature both Terran and extraterrestrial; where they learn to care for the people and earth that give them life and raise them; where they can learn about the mysteries of life, that all that kills and destroys can be replaced with that which fosters life. A place where no Life is left behind.
It, too, would be a city, yes, but not one of concrete and cars and noise and pollution. Rather, it would be more like a forest, with life providing life and without the need for dirty technologies and where no one suffers, because everyone has everything they need to live.
That's what Disney has to do with nature. That's our Dream. And it all starts with the realization that Life - from cell to tree to human being - is sacred. We just need a little help.
That's where you come in. Let's create Bioasis together.