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Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable…

Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community

by Karen T. Litfin

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"Ecovillages" is a personal book written by an academic, Karen Litfin, who took a sabbatical to travel the globe visiting ecovillages in a quest to learn how we might live more sustainably. She shares what she learned in this readable and informative book. The book is organized around four key components for sustainable living—ecology, economics, community, and consciousness. Those well versed in environmental sustainability will likely find Litfin’s lessons familiar. The author’s most significant contribution to the subject of sustainability may be the questions she poses in her search for how to create more environmentally sustainable societies. These questions will likely spark the interest of readers in finding answers just as they did for the author. Also especially valuable is her final chapter on how to scale up ecovillage practices. There is much, though, throughout the book that will inspire creative thinking about how we may change our relationship with the earth and each other. Litfin’s book is a useful contribution to the quest to find new ways of living in harmony with the planet and the people on it. ( )
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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.

You can learn more about Karen's experiences on the Ecovillages website: http://ecovillagebook.org/

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