ITALY - Subterranean Survival Plans

Arno Froese

Solutions to the biggest threats facing our planet lie underground, according to experts who insist climate change, overpopulation and food shortages can all be tackled by going subterranean. 

“We are coming to a point in our history in which we need to start looking for more space,” Han Admiraal, a civil engineer with over two decades of experience in underground space, told AFP on the sidelines of this year’s World Tunnel Congress.

“We don’t seem to realize that we’re losing a lot of arable land at an alarming rate each year (to soil degradation, urbanization and intensive farming), where we should be increasing it to feed the growing world population.

“Underground spaces could easily be used for growing crops,” he said, as he toured the cavernous Bourbon Tunnel, dug deep under the Italian city of Naples as a potential escape route for King Ferdinand II of Bourbon after the 1848 riots.

Scientific developments in areas like aquaponics—where vegetables and fish are farmed together—could help relieve the pressure on the food supply chain, and dramatically cut transport costs if such new farms were situated under cities.

“You can also think about underground car parks: we know that cars are killing cities. We’re moving towards electrical vehicles, autonomous vehicles. So the question is, will those spaces still be needed in the future in the way they are now?

“They’re looking at floating cities but are realizing that’s not the solution, because it affects marine life and is difficult to build, so why not go downwards,” added urban planner Antonia Cornaro, who is on the ITACUS international underground space committee with Admiraal.

Metropolises like Singapore and Hong Kong have already begun changing legislation to allow for everything from universities to libraries, shopping centers, cinemas and sports facilities to move underground.

How well plants can grow without the sun’s rays is the focus of current studies looking into the optimal frequency of artificial light for photosynthesis, Admiraal said., 9 May 2019

Arno's commentary

Each new global movement presents their case—often in sensational forms—to the public. Although the world’s population is increasing, we notice that many of the super-successful nations are actually decreasing in population—Japan and Germany, for example. The other issue is food for the world. We have reports from several organizations that close to half the world’s food supply is outright wasted. In the Netherlands and Israel, plants are already grown without soil and without sunshine.

There is another underground movement, which is prophetic, as we can read in Revelation 6:15-16: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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