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Definition of an Ecovillages

Ecovillages are urban or rural communities of people who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this, they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices and much more.

The motivation for ecovillages is the choice and commitment to reverse the gradual disintegration of supportive social/cultural structures and the upsurge of destructive environmental practices on our planet.

For millennia, people have lived in communities close to nature with supportive social structures. Many of these indigenous communities, also ecovillages exist to this day but are struggling for survival.

Ecovillages are now being created intentionally, so people can once more live in communities that are connected to the Earth, in a way that ensures the well-being of all life-forms.

Ecovillages are one solution to the major problems of our time – our planet is experiencing its limits for population growth, and our lives are often lacking meaningful content. According to increasing numbers of scientists, we have to learn to live sustainably if we are to survive as a species. The United Nations launched its Global Environment Outlook 2000 report, based on reports from UN agencies, 850 individuals and over 30 environmental institutes, concluding that “the present course is unsustainable and postponing action is no longer an option.”

In 1998, ecovillages were first officially named among the United Nations’ 100 Listing of Best Practices, as excellent models of sustainable living.

Extract from GEN website.


Sustainable development
Global Ecovillage Network
Ecovillage Network of the Americas
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