Norway is well known as one of the wealthiest countries in the world and Norwegians live in opulence. However, signs change emerges.
Statoil changed its name to Equinor and the Øljefondet stopped investing in the oil industry. More and more citizens are protesting against new oil drilling and for the protection of the environment. Will we still have access to abundance of oil?
Last summer was the hottest and driest summer in decades. Farmers had to deal with problems related to production. And electricity has never been as expensive due to the dependency
on rainfall for hydroelectric power. Will we still have abundance of
Today the country imports more than 60% of the food it consumes. According to Thomas Cottis, farmer, climate activist (and children of Raufoss), global warming may reduce production of food almost everywhere in the world. Will we still have access to abundance of food?
We live today in a state of unsustainable abundance. This lifestyle
could leed to a life of scarcity. Lack of petrol, lack of energy, lack of food… Perhaps no more cars, no more imports, no more supermarkets, no more lights…
The main purpose here is not to create an utopian and idealistic project. The project must be pragmatic by transforming Raufoss TODAY into a resilient town for TOMORROW. Raufoss is rich in resources(Cf. Annex 1): water, forest, agriculture, industry, etc. The dynamics of the Industry Park, Amfi and the council, offers big opportunities for the town. They will be the fi rst step, a starting point, to preserve and develop the other resources.
The question is, how can these resources be used as a starting point to preserve and develop the other resources. The project acts into two stages, TODAY and TOMORROW. It integrates with resources Raufoss has TODAY and resources Raufoss should develop for TOMORROW. The project will answer to the needs of TODAY in three phases and then propose a development of the project for TOMORROW in which the three fi rst phases are continued.