"Essential reading for all who care about the earth's future."—Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point
"None of the happy conditions in Ecotopia are beyond the technical or resource reach of our society."—Ralph Nader
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"A classic of earth consciousness."--Denis Hayes, Earth Day.
Ecotopia was founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state" ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, the isolated, mysterious Ecotopia welcomes its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston. Like a modern Gulliver, the skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed by Ecotopia's strange practices: employee ownership of farms and businesses, the twenty-hour work week, the fanatical elimination of pollution, "mini-cities" that defeat overcrowding, devotion to trees bordering on worship, a woman-dominated government, and bloody, ritual war games. Bombarded by innovative, unsettling ideas, set afire by a relationship with a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman, Weston's conflict of values intensifies-and leads to a startling climax.
"None of the happy conditions in Ecotopisa are beyond the technical or resource reach of our society."--Ralph Nader