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Ecovillages Lessons for Sustainable Community,9780745679501

Ecovillages Lessons for Sustainable Community

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1st
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9780745679501

ISBN10:
0745679501
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
12/16/2013
Publisher(s):
Polity
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Summary

In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And how can we, as individuals, make a difference? To answer these fundamental questions, Professor Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to many of the world’s ecovillagesÑintentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, spiritual to secular, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up.

In this inspiring and insightful book, Karen Litfin shares her unique experience of these experiments in sustainable living through four broad windows - ecology, economics, community, and consciousness - or E2C2. Whether we live in an ecovillage or a city, she contends, we must incorporate these four key elements if we wish to harmonize our lives with our home planet.

Not only is another world possible, it is already being born in small pockets the world over. These micro-societies, however, are small and time is short. Fortunately - as Litfin persuasively argues - their successes can be applied to existing social structures, from the local to the global scale, providing sustainable ways of living for generations to come.

Author Biography

Karen Litfin is associate professor of political science at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

1 Living a New Story
2 Around the World in 14 Ecovillages
3 Ecology: Living in the Circle of Life
4 Economy: Prospering in the Circle of Life
5 Community: Relating in the Circle of Life
6 Consciousness: Being in the Circle of Life
7 Scaling It Up
Epilogue
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