A growing portion of construction and agriculture is becoming aware of the need for respect for nature. Speaking of environment is already a beginning, even if this concept can evoke an artificial environment far removed from natural conditions.
It will be here more a question of nature than of the environment, and in particular of all the initiatives which favor the regeneration of the nature rather than the maintenance of a status quo able to aggravate the planetary situation by exhaustion of resources and generalization of the pollution.
The modern way of life based on consumption and economic growth has widely demonstrated its destructive impact on global life. For a healthy future on all fronts, humanity will probably have to make a radical change and everyone will have to agree to reduce a significant part of the material comfort in favor of a return to rural life.
Modern knowledge and experimentation in agriculture (including “permaculture”), urbanization and construction tend to demonstrate that even with the present human population we could build a future much more harmonized with nature to the point of healing it totally from current evils. To this end, the big cities will gain from being gradually dismantled and abandoned and the human race will have to blend in with nature in dispersed order.
It has recently been discovered that plant life naturally associating with microscopic fungi and bacteria can settle on the most uncultivated land, that the use of compost from both dead leaves, twigs and various plants rubbish allowed the soil to regenerate, and that it was not necessary (and, on the contrary, harmful) to dig over the soil. With such a base and equitable sharing of land (which belongs to the planet and not to man), each family or small community could become self-sufficient in food, in almost any place not covered by ice.