The People Who Wouldn't Mind If the Pacific Northwest Were Its Own Country

Green (Living) Review

alternative communities green living The first thing we heard when we pulled into the Finney Farm was the clattering of drums, followed by a high-pitched howling noise. Suddenly a wild pack of young girls came running out of the woods waving sticks in the air. The youngest, maybe two years old, had sticky berries smeared across her face. She was inexplicably waving a $5 bill in the air.

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Green Living 2.0, Sustainable Communities

Green Home Blog

Many of the Baby Boomers were born or grew up the 1960s and 1970s, which set the stage for all kinds of sustainable concepts from communal or community living to vegetarianism, or not eating meat. Now that the Boomers are retiring and experiencing the “empty nest” syndrome, the half-century dream of living in a “green community” is re-emerging. If it all sounds too airy-fairy, consider this: America was founded by individuals who favored the community living principle.


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How To Recycle Unusual Everyday Items

Green Earth Journey

To keep them out of landfills, drop them in the mail to Alternative Community Training, a nonprofit Missouri company that provides jobs to people with disabilities. Learn the right way to dispose of 10 common recycling stumpers By Staff Posted March 24, 2009 from Whether doing major spring cleaning or just sorting through old household supplies, occasionally, we all run into a recycling stumper—crayons, foam peanuts, old VHS tapes? Good grief.

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Matching neighborhood skills

Green (Living) Review

Today, however, we barely acknowledge our neighbors let alone know them or know who in our community – what community? – If we, the people, want really and truly resurrect the community in our areas where we live then it is up to us to do it. There is no community and can be no community if and when we do not know our neighbors and engage and interact with them. Thus the money stays in the community. That is the first step to Community Building.

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Earth Day: Four decades on

Green (Living) Review

We have now wasted, yes, wasted, over forty years by not transitioning to a fossil fuel free economy and society and by not developing an alternative way of living and life to the one we have kept pursuing. Alternative communities, some called them also communes, sprang up trying to show the way and some are still shining beacons to this very day, such as and especially Christiania in Denmark and Tinker's Bubble in Britain, to name but two.

The Big Society

Green (Living) Review

That's what community was and is all about. It is these little things that anyone could do, and would do, if but someone would start is and set the ball rolling that make a neighborhood a community. What worries me, aside from the afore, is that despite all the rhetoric from Cameron and Clegg, the “Big Society” will not really empower communities and individuals to do things in their way and to do the things that are neede where the people live.

Let us build a new society

Green (Living) Review

Often those that live in squatter communities and such like think that the entire society can be reorganized like that but can it? Squatter- and similar -communities and the modern day monastic societies, whether religious or not, are a more or less close-knit operation that does, sadly, no longer exist in the greater society. The sense on community that exists in alternative communities is largely absent in general society.

Imagining Ecocities

The Green Changemakers

There's a walled section in the middle of town and surmounting it all is the church or cathedral spire, a symbol of the community's heaven-oriented religious cosmology. The issue of optimum or maximum size of an ecocity has hardly been broached because most thinking on ecologically healthy alternative communities has focused on villages and small towns, while people contemplating future cities have generally not dared to believe they could be radically reformed.

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Intentional Communities: Lifestyles Based on Ideals

The Green Changemakers

by Geoph Kozeny of Community Catalyst Project, San Francisco, California Drawing on information from his visits to hundreds of communities across the continent, Geoph Kozeny gives an overview of the communities movement -- not only its current state, but also how it has evolved and its prospects for the future. He points out the common bonds that link communities in spite of their diversity. The community prospered, and subsequently formed many new colonies.

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