Ecovillage Living: Restoring the Earth and Her People Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 2002
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- Item Weight : 1.72 pounds
- Paperback : 180 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781903998168
- ISBN-13 : 978-1903998168
- Product Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.5 x 11.75 inches
- Publisher : Green Books; Illustrated Edition (August 1, 2002)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1903998166
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,772,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Svensson writes, "Ecovillages are communities of people who strive to lead a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with each other, other living beings and the Earth. Their purpose is to combine a supportive social-cultural environment with a low-impact lifestyle." Permaculture ("Permanent Agriculture"), or "the harmonious integration of landscape and people, providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way," is an important facet. "Ecovillages are not developer-led. They are made by people, for themselves. If you want to start an ecovillage, you have to get a startup group together. The process of creation is what makes the glue that will turn the ecovillage into a functioning community."
In an article on "Green Businesses at Ecovillages," Jackson writes, "Ecovillagers often accept a less material lifestyle as part of the process of community building. Even when their needs are diminished this way, they still have to find ways of keeping themselves afloat financially in the long run." An author notes that "The strength of the ecovillage movement is that social-economic sustainability is just as noticeable and important as the ecological aspect."
They also distinguish between ecovillages, and the "cohousing" alternative: "The difference between ecovillages and cohousings is a question of how far or deep the transformation of lifestyle is, and not a matter of suburb versus countryside.... Cohousings take one step in the right direction by creating a good social environment. If you want to make ecological and social practices and/or spirituality an important part of your life, an ecovillage is the way to go."
If you have any interest in ecovillages (and you must, if you're reading this book review), this book is MUST READING!
A quick glance at modern society shows many signs of cultural and economic stress: including war, militarization, gun violence, media violence, over-consumption of resources, overpopulation, failing democracy, money in politics, monopolization, sexual inequality, racism, inadequate health care, rising crime rates, advertisement glut, commercialized education, materialism, community fragmentation, work-related stress, mass layoffs, poverty, and a mass sense of alienation - from self, other and nature.
Signs of biological stress in the natural world are even more daunting. Fisheries are collapsing, forests are shrinking, rangelands are deteriorating, soils are eroding, species are disappearing, global temperatures are rising, rivers are draining dry, water tables are falling, the ozone layer is depleting, more destructive storms are brewing, the polar ice caps are melting and sea level is rising (see ECO-ECONOMY for details on the eco-crisis). It is in this context that Chris Bright's warning rings ominous: "Nature has no reset buttons."
Trapped in the confines of global economic corporatism, we must ask, Could it be that the fundamental design of society is flawed? Are large nation-states and even larger corporations conducive to ecological and cultural health? How about wage labor and the monetary system in general? How do we go about creating unique and beautiful communities without inequality, hunger, insecurity, want - and without killing the planet? In a word, how can we live the Good Life? Is it possible?
The answer to all of these problems is the same, and you will find them in this book. Ecovillages are the answer! In this book you can expect to find a great collection of photographs, wonderful charts and graphs, maps, people profiles, design layouts, philosophical perspectives and the historical background of the ecovillage movement. There is no better book on the subject, and no more important subject for the new millennium. How else will homo sapiens reach homeostasis on this planet? If you can think of a way, please send me an email.