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  • 1. EXPLORATION AND EXPERIMENTATION IN SUSTAINABLE LIVING: THE ECOVILLAGE REVOLUTION Elizabeth Slate The Alchemical Nursery Project
  • 2. Getting to know the author
    • Who am I?
    • Why did I write this paper?
    • What do I hope to accomplish, and how will I do it?
  • 3. Why is the ecovillage movement revolutionary?
    • Synergy
    • Holistic approach to living
    • Building the new within the old
    • Basis of constant revision and reimagining
  • 4. A Big Challenge
    • Not many people would willingly opt to join a movement embodying what they consider to be an extreme lifestyle.
  • 5. Bridging the divide
    • However, as evident in the Los Angeles Ecovillage, the movement may not be as far removed from the everyday person’s reality and comfort zones as one would think.
  • 6. The Los Angeles Ecovillage At the forefront of the new urban renewal
    • A holistic approach to urban living
    • Making a statement – ecovillage in LA??!
    • Making sustainable urban living more
    • easily imagined for mainstream folk
    •  http://www.laecovillage.org/
  • 7. The urban ecovillage
    • Educational outreach
    • Visibility & accessibility
    • The “hey I could imagine myself doing that” factor
    • Where the resources are
    • Revamping old construction/brownfields
    • Where the energy is most needed
    • Rebuilding our cities, from the inside out
  • 8. Obstacles
    • Restrictive policies such as zoning and building codes that do not take into account more sustainable and alternative technologies
    • Lack of funding for sustainable initiatives
  • 9. So why aren’t the majority of people getting turned on to the ecovillage movement?
    • Many people who are not necessarily directly involved in an ecovillage are working on issues and projects that are directly related, and that espouse many of the same goals and beliefs.
    • organic farmers
    • alternative energy technicians and green builders
    • environmental advocacy groups and political activists
    • everyday people who are making conscious lifestyle choices
  • 10. How to get started
    • Visit the local cooperative grocery store
    • Support local farmers by joining a CSA program
    • Support local artisans and businesses
    • Arrange potluck dinners
    • Share childcare
    • Share lawnmowers and cars and sewing machines… and everything else
    • Recycle and compost food scraps
    • Be more conscious of your consumption habits/reduce waste
    • Set aside some extra time to walk to a place you would normally drive.
    • Search the online directory www.ic.org for ecovillages in the area, and contact them to set up a tour.
  • 11. And while you’re busy doing all that…
    • Nurture compassion for yourself and for others:
    • Learning to love and appreciate oneself acts as a catalyst for healing the human condition. Applied to the ecovillage movement, we notice that a community is only as healthy as the individuals that create it.
  • 12. Through loving and respecting ourselves, each other, and the environment, we can move together towards a healthier and more sustainable way of living.