The latest in this respected series investigates the potential of innovative ways of living in an ecologically sustainable way
In the last twenty years ecovillages—local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact but maximise human wellbeing and happiness—have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This Briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network and the current developments in both North and South.
The threads that are brought together in Ecovillages include:Learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures Alternative economy: community banks and currencies, and voluntary simplicity Designing with nature: using permaculture design, eco-building, small-scale energy generation, waste-management, low-impact transport systems, etc Organic, locally-based food production and processing Reviving small-scale participatory governance, conflict facilitation & social inclusion as well as reviving active inter-generational community Creating a culture of peace, and holistic, whole person education
In an age of diminishing oil supplies, the Briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages about how to live in a more ecologically sound and sustainable way.
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