Four Dimensions of Sustainability
Ecovillages actively work to build trust, collaboration and openness between people. Unity and strength through diversity is important to the ecovillage movement.
• Nurture diversity and cohesion
• Develop fair, effective governance
• Practice conflict facilitation, communication and peacebuilding skills
• Empower collaborative leadership and participatory decision making
• Ensure lifelong learning for sustainability
• Promote health, healing and wellbeing for all
Ecovillages aim create diverse cultures that support people to empower and care for each other, their communities and the planet.
• Clarify vision and higher purpose
• Nurture mindfulness and self-reflection
• Enrich life with art and celebration
• Honour indigenous wisdom
• Engage actively to protect communities and nature
• Reconnect to nature and embrace low-impact lifestyles
Ecovillages aim to access food, shelter, water and energy in ways that respect the cycles of nature. They aim to integrate humans with the rest of nature in ways that increase biodiversity and regenerate ecosystems.
• Grow seeds, food and soil through regenerative agriculture
• Clean and replenish sources and cycles of water
• Move towards 100% renewable energy and transport
• Innovate and spread green building technologies
• Work with waste as a valuable resource
• Increase biodiversity and restore ecosystems
Ecovillages aim to build economic practices and systems that contribute to sharing of resources, mutual support, and strong local economies and networks that serve the needs of local people and ecosystems.
• Reconstruct the concepts of wealth, work, exchange, and progress
• Commit to responsible production and consumption
• Cultivate social entrepreneurship for local regeneration
• Increase economic justice through sharing and collaboration
• Ensure equitable access to land and resources.