This page is an illustration of the resources available to us through the World Wide Web (WWW). A net search on the topic of "ecovillage" will reveal a web address of http://www.gaia.org/. This is the address for the Global Ecovillage Network. From this location we can find out what ecovillages are, that there is an organization of ecovillages, get descriptions of ecovillages in the organization, see pictures of them and get much, much more.

An ecovillage is a human scale, full-featured settlement which integrates human activities harmlessly into the natural environment, supports healthy human development, and can be continued into the indefinite future.


Achieving such a truly sustainable community implies:

•Conscious awareness of the inter-relatedness of all life and the cyclic sustainable systems of nature.

•Understanding and supporting cultural, social and spiritual values of this awareness and how humans can live ecologically balanced lives.

•Viable technologies that do not further harm, but rather help to heal the planet.


Eco-Villages are an integrated solution to the global social and ecological crisis, and are as appropriate to the industrialised world, both urban and rural, as to the remaining two thirds of the world. Eco-villages are in essence a modern attempt by humankind to live in harmony with nature and with each other. They represent a "leading edge" in the movement towards developing sustainable human settlements and provide a testing ground for new ideas, techniques and technologies which can then be integrated into the mainstream.

The need for developing sustainable human settlements relates directly to the commitment by the world leaders at the Earth Summit in Rio (1992) to programmes that will move humanity to sustainability in the 21st century (Agenda 21). To achieve the goals of sustainable human settlements, there is a need for pilot communities, and for an exchange of information between them and the mainstream.


The Global Ecovillage Network was founded in June 1994. Its goals are:

What is GEN?

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a grassroots non-profit organization that links together a highly diverse worldwide movement of autonomous ecovillages and related projects.

GEN's main aim is to support and encourage the evolution of sustainable settlements across the world, through:

•Internal and External Communications services; facilitating information exchange and flow about ecovillages and demonstration sites

•Networking and project coordination in fields related to sustainable settlements

•Global cooperation/Partnerships (UN Best Practices, EU Phare, EYFA, Ecosoc)

 

Today, GEN counts the following members (individuals and organizations:

100 members for GEN Europe and Africa
80 members for GEN Oceania
GEN Americas does not have a delineated "membership" policy. There are 500
ecovillages in North America, 700 in South America. About 100 of these ecovillages are
listed under GEN Americas on the
www.gaia.org website.
The GEN South Asia subregional secretariat is currently communicating with 40
ecovillages outside Sri Lanka, and is located at the headquarters of the Sarvodaya
Movement in Sri Lanka, with 10,000 member villages.


 

For more information about the Ecovillage Network of the Americas see:

http://www.gaia.org/secretariats/ena/

 

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