What is an Ecovillage and how do practices and values different from ordinary life within consumer capitalist societies? And what would the world look like if there were millions of Ecovillages emerging to replace industrial civilisation? In this presentation Dr Samuel Alexander examines these question and draws on research which attempts to measure the energy and resource reductions of Ecovillage living. After reviewing an inspiring example of the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Alexander examines how access to land can be a barrier to embracing such low-impact living.

This is Part VI of the Ecological Civilisation series.

00:00 – Introduction

02:18 – Review

07:25 – Ecovillage analysis

17:59 –Land as a barrier

33:03 – Conclusion

The introduction to this series is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxC-r

The series is grappling with the problems of consumerism and the growth economy; envisioning alternative, post-carbon ways of life; and considering what action can be taken, both personally and politically, to help build an ecological civilisation.

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LINKS REFERENCED IN THE PRESENTATION

Joshua Lockyer’s research on Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage:

https://journals.librarypublishing.ar…

Ted Trainer’s quantitative research on low-impact living:

http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue…

Short analysis of land as a barrier to sustainable living by Samuel Alexander and Alex Baumann:

https://theconversation.com/access-to…

Long analysis of land as a barrier to sustainable living by Alex Baumann, Samuel Alexander, and Peter Burdon:

https://www.ppesydney.net/content/upl…

The work above draws inspiring from the Neighbourhoods the Work model developed by Chris Baulman:

https://ntwonline.weebly.com

OTHER ECOVILALGE LINKS

Link to Dancing Rabbit: https://www.dancingrabbit.org

Findhorn Ecovillage: https://www.findhorn.org

Global Eco Village Network: https://ecovillage.org

Thanks to Andrew Doodson, Jordan Osmond, and Antoinette Wilson for offering invaluable production advice.

The opening image is kindly provided by Melissa Davis.

Further image references are available here:

http://samuelalexander.info/image-ref…

The music is provided by Mortimer’s Method: https://mortimersmethod.bandcamp.com

 

Teaser photo credit: An eco-house at Findhorn Ecovillage with a turf roof and solar panels By W.L Tarbert – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1274836