Things of an Ideal Ecovillage

Desires and dreams of an ideal eco-habitat with sustainable dimensions.

Net has a lot of information about different ecovillages. But each group can design their own, further develop and bring new ideas to the ecovillage and rural environment, or design the city to be more rural, ecological.

The ecovillage should be as self-sufficient as possible to avoid the environmental impact of traffic. Work, education and service self-sufficiency. Food self-sufficiency as far as possible.

In an ecovillage, interaction can be intense between residents, different age groups, experts, and can become an effective and enjoyable learning and development environment.

The products used are the most environmentally friendly and healthy for humans and nature.

Should be able to optimize ecological, economic and other factors. A lot of information, planning, brainstorming and a good information system to manage things are needed.

Ideas and planning should involve as many people as possible, especially those who are willing to buy or build an eco-cottage with their yards and build it and come along with activities.

Everything in business, services and mental and other activities could be conceived. It should be possible to brainstorm.

It must commonly to agree on what will be published and when it will be published if planning is started by a bunch.

The actual official website could serve as a marketing and information channel for the ecovillage project.

To start a project like this, it really takes courage, it has a lot of risks, and it needs committed, active contributors and funding. If the prerequisites are not met, the project cannot really be started.

Models of what kind of ecovillages already exist and are coming, all environmental technology issues, etc. can be studied, with good basics and inspiration for the design.

Well-designed is half done. You can set up a work or hobby group, you don’t have to have the same idea when it comes to getting along. Different perspectives enrich. At the same time, you can create ideas for employment, hobby and collaboration opportunities. You can always plan and dream, even if you do not immediately start to realize an ecovillage. It can take many years to develop.

Can be informed, learn, study and interact, and through this, learn as a community and exchange experiences.

When things are well and carefully planned, then there is more courage to start implementing the plan, even gradually.

Undeniably, living in a natural ecovillage is more comfortable and healthier to live, as in a city amid traffic noise and pollution.

All you need to get an ecovillage is a livelihood to live on, and local services for the things you need often. Everyone could have their own garden around a suitable sized cottage. Could be a kind of summer and winter lodge garden.

Suggest groups, start networking. Participants can sign up for a group. The group can set up criteria to be part of the group.

When towns do not provide work for the unemployed, it would be good for them to get forest, land and a cottage from the land. Then they could use their own work to pay for housing, cutting firewood from the forest into energy for living, cultivating food on their fields, raising farm animals for food. There could also be a workshop on land, a room where you could do some crafts. Could be as self-sufficient as possible.

Get exercise and clean air, which would keep you in good shape. This was still 50 years ago when there were many cottages in the countryside. When the unemployed are in town, he has very little opportunity to support his life in a block of flats. Unemployment benefits and housing allowances have to be enough for living costs. When in the countryside one could reduce the cost of living and food through their own work, they would do well with lower social benefits.

As urban overpopulation is brought to the countryside, cities will also become more attractive as congestion and pollution are reduced. This would improve the vitality of the countryside by having a better population base for services. Even retirees could live in more rural areas with adequate services.

It makes no sense to continue to grow cities and urban settlements. Housing is expensive in cities. In Finland, when there is a lot of space, nature, or rural living could not be favored, development would be more balanced between rural and urban areas.

Non-renewable raw materials are increasingly being replaced by renewable resources. Producers and processors of refined raw materials are needed. Earth’s food supply also needs more rural livelihoods unless the factories start to make artificial food by growing microbes.

If unnecessary consumption of raw materials and energy has to be reduced, many factories in towns have to close down. We should return to a simpler rural life. Human work can reduce the energy consumption of automation, and does not require huge amounts of raw materials and energy consuming automation equipment.

What is good for sustainable development can be saved and further developed. Things that are good for sustainable development could return to mankind’s millennial wisdom and practice by developing and combining it with new technologies.

Veikko J. Pyhtilä, 2015