By Steve Ward
The Earth Pyramid project was started nearly three years ago with the aim of creating a monument that will get the world looking at the future of our planet and create a platform for discussing the many global issues this generation will be facing. This new pyramid will hold contributions from every government, indigenous peoples and all the world’s children in designated chambers within the structure. Once gathered, these contributions will be sealed within the pyramid for 1,000 years to be opened by people in the next millennium.
Although ambitious, the venture has gained the support of Nobel peace laureates Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu and President José Manuel Ramos-Horta as well as having 25 governments interested in participating.
Creating a new pyramid (at 50m high) is obviously a lofty goal but French architect and pyramid expert Jean Pierre Houdin has lent his support and advice to the project and the whole venture is starting to gather support from leading experts within the construction industry. Building the pyramid using a mixture of ancient and new technology will make for a fascinating build and go some way to answering the many questions that still exist regarding how the great pyramids were built.
The location of the pyramid will be decided by a global vote with one school from every country participating. This will not only give children from around the world a chance to connect, it will offer a chance to learn about the world’s nations and the issues they are facing. This approach to deciding its location will also mean that the finished pyramid will be constructed in a country where it can do some good with regards to raising awareness of its pressing issues and generating funds to tackle them.
With so many different aspects to the Earth Pyramid it was decided that social media would be the way to get projects goals across and Bradford University’s SCHIM department has been working on a series of videos about the pyramid project with some leading experts participating in them. These videos are now on the project’s YouTube channel and more will be added to as the venture progresses. Twitter and Facebook are currently being used to keep followers of the project informed of new developments and with plans to develop a “Virtual Pyramid “ where anyone can have their thoughts recorded in a digital format (for eventual storage within the pyramid) social media will pay a big part in the projects progression.
The Earth Pyramid now needs to gather support from a wider audience and to do this we need people to start discussing the venture and it’s potential. The website has all the social media details.