As early as 2005, we had the idea of making our concepts practically tangible on Tahiti in a kind of model experiment. The attempt failed, among other things, because the political parties on the island felt exclusively committed to their own egoistic interests. There was a total lack of insight into the necessity of an ecological turnaround, as our contacts (politicians, the clergy, and other institutions) had no vision of how the languishing South Sea paradise could recover. Not even Tahiti’s biggest publishing house could decide to publish The Tahiti Project, although the book reads like a manual on how to break out of the perplexity in which we are trapped.
In the meantime, thirteen years have passed, during which we tried to inspire seven other islands and regions to take on a socio-ecological model experiment. Among them were Tahiti’s neighbouring islands Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tubai and recently Makatea, an island that plays a major role in The Tahiti Project. Our last attempt took place on an island in Nova Scotia off Canada’s east coast, where the neighbouring indigenous Indians had expressed great interest in working together.
All attempts have failed not only because of the mental inertia of the local authorities, but also because of our lack of financial and human resources. The effort to set up such an eco-lab and to run it against great resistance has not been manageable for us so far. For this reason, we have refrained from this attempt for the time being, unless those responsible, to whom we have painstakingly pointed out the advantages of a model project, suddenly change their minds, because it cannot remain hidden from them that conditions are changing extremely quickly for the worse.
Of course, we do not want to exclude the possibility that regions in other parts of the world are interested in such a serious ecological experiment and might want to get in touch with us. It would be in the interest of us all to do so.