Intentional community as a model for a low carbon future
We know that we need to reduce our personal carbon footprint, but for all our awareness, real change is a rare commodity. Real hope comes from looking unflinchingly at our current circumstances and then committing wholeheartedly to creative action. Never has that been more urgently needed than right now, with the climate crisis looming larger every day.
Together Resilient explores intentional community as a viable model for a low carbon future. While looking realistically at the state of the world and the realities of climate disruption, it finds hope in examples of communities that already live high quality lives that the planet can sustain.
It also looks at community as an essential element for surviving the coming (and already present) changes with more resilience and grace, and offers concrete examples of building community as a tool for reducing carbon emissions, outside the context of residential intentional communities.
From small solutions to the full re-invention of the systems we find ourselves in, author Ma’ikwe Ludwig mixes anecdote with data-based research to present a wide range of options that all embody compassion, creativity, and cooperation. Above all, Together Resilient is a call for for citizen-led, community-based action: why wait for the government when you can take action today, with your neighbors?
|Publisher:||Fellowship for Intentional Community|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Ma’ikwe Ludwig is a cooperative culture pioneer and long-time advocate for intentional community and sustainability. She is a teacher, public speaker, writer, and consultant for communities and social change organizations, and makes her home in Laramie, WY with fellow ecovillage folks. Learn more about her work at www.maikwe.net.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The View from Cornfields xvii
Chapter 1 Defining the Territory 1
Chapter 2 Limiting the Damage: Community as a Tool to Reduce Carbon Footprints 15
Chapter 3 Surviving It 43
Chapter 4 Starting a Residential Intentional Community 65
Chapter 5 Everyone's Work: Culture and Emotional Integration 109
Chapter 6 Context Matters: Legal and Economic Reform to Restore the Commons 125
Chapter 7 Together Resilient 141
Afterword The Future of the Intentional Communities Movement 153
Appendix I More on the Hofstede Indices 155
Appendix II More on Gross National Happiness 159
Appendix III The Black Lives Matter Platform 161