We need to move all the resources we can as quickly as possible towards the most effective solutions if we are to halt & reverse the current destructive trends, and create a new, saner economy.
that stopping the destruction,
working to build soil,
heal our addictions,
change organizational structures
of the global economy
& learn to live in community
starting locally ...
most important & urgent
jobs to do
If you are clear for yourself that supporting the transition of
our destructive society to a sustainable world
is your first priority,
you will love this
& we are looking
If you see only one of the videos in this page, watch this one :)
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Mr Allan Savory used decades of research to create a holistic method to manage land to fight desertification. Something he has proved to work in several parts of the world. In this very personal interview with Mr Savory he explains the results and the way to manage in a holistic way. Something he says is a crucial understanding to battle effects from a climate change. But also that unifying the public and the public opinion is core for humans in order to survive and thrive.
Part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series.
In this clip Derrick Jensen discusses the dominant culture's urge for death.
Another clip as part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series. In this clip, producer Sally Erickson suggests that our lack of recognizing limits makes us describable as "a culture of two year olds."
Another clip as part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series.
In this clip, Daniel Quinn touches on the impacts of globalization.
Chellis Glendinning on Global Sustainability
another clip as part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series.
In this clip, Ecopsychology pioneer Chellis Gledinning reminds us of the psychological wounds caused by empire and civilization.
Fertile land and particularly old farms like this one are an exceptionally wise investment for the future, for many reasons, amongst which are these:
'Lechugones' are like giant dandelion plants much loved by all our animals
that grow abundantly on the finca
But we also agree that "sustainable agriculture" is an oxymoron because agriculture is by nature expansive. And also far too expensive, ecologically speaking.
What we're aiming for therefore is to design a perennial polyculture we can live in harmony with. This is basically the aim of any permaculture design - in terms of how we provide for our food - by definition.
It is very useful for people to have done a permaculture design course (or - in addition, & preferably - to do the more comprehensive Integral PDC course our Association has developed over the last decades) because many things which are not so clear to relative newcomers to these issues are easily understood given a solid base in design principles.
Perennial Polycultures build soil, and soil is the most crucial resource (and our most urgent task as humans is to restore the soils our activities have destroyed) not only because it is the source of all terrestrial life, base of any ecology or human economy ... but also because building soil (adding organic matter to the soil) is the most effective way to extract CO2 from the atmosphere (and so halt global warming). Lierre Keith says that if we restore just 75% of grass lands, in only 15 years we can take back all the excess CO2 created since the Industrial Revolution. That's a lot of carbon.
That organic food is - by the way - also healthier for us to eat is just an added advantage, not the principal reason for us to do this work.
We need to move all our resources as quickly as possible towards the most effective solutions if we are to halt & reverse the current destructive trends, and create the new economy.
This article from an expert in green investing argues why the type of investment we are offering with this initiative is of the most important, but also least used: Investing in the NewEconomy
1) we are the 8th generation of the industrial era (& the last that can avoid the definitive collapse of ecosystems which are critical for the global equilibrium of Gaia)
2) we have to integrate all of the 8 levels of the spiral (of the integral model) if we want to evolve humanity (the 8 of the icon has yellow as the main colour - & systems is the level of integral permaculture - which includes the whole spiral)
3) it has something of the proverbial "cat's 9 lives", which refers to the luck (& curiosity / ability to get into mischief) that these animals have ... a little like humanity. It kind of makes sense to remind ourselves we might have used up 8 of our lives already ..
4) 8 the number 8 has for some time been a kind of 'lucky number' in the development of the project, eg. the 8 rolese (& 8 mini-farms / colours on the map)
5) the 8 on its side is the symbol of infinity / sustainability / cycling
6) the permacultural way of looking at wealth talks about the 8 forms of capital, which is what we're working to develop with this project.
... & we keep finding new 'magic 8' things popping up ...
7) "Everything is changing, have you noticed?
1. No one can stand the employment model anymore
2. The entrepreneurship model is also changing
3. The rise of collaboration
4. We are finally starting to understand what the internet is
5. The fall of exaggerated consumption
6. Healthy and organic eating
7. The awakening of spirituality
8. Unschooling movements"
8) The 8thFire Prophecy
... and ... only after choosing this name we realized that in fact the sign at the beginning of the drive-way to the finca from the main road says "8t"! (max 8 tons).
Cecile, July 2013
Since 2010, I have become interested in the concept of ecovillage - I literally fell in love with that idea!
I have spent a lot of time on the internet looking at the existing and developing projects.
When I found out about 8th Life, i also fell in love :)
There was a high level of intelligence transparing in the information displayed on the website, much more than what I had seen before.
I read all of the website and could see the whole plan was so much thought through, very cleverly prepared...also, ecovillages do not emphasize the same aspects and the aspects which are important to me, I feel they are represented in the project's plan.
I love the way the project puts the shareholders in charge of developing and stretching their minds continually to expand further in the designs.
I feel by joining the project, there will always be space to learn and intellectually be challenged!
I like that! The fact that we are given way to reflect back and correct oneself and get better ...
The second very important aspect that I like is the emphasis on finding the right people.
That is why I love the way you are being asked to really show of yourself and who you are before you can even show up on site.
There should be a vision towards which all agree to work for, otherwise, the project might fail in the end.
Finally, the third very important reason for choosing 8th Life is that I perceive the ecovillage, in spite of the first selection phase, wants to open itself to the outside world, be a model for others and expand physically too - including transitioning the nearby village. I love and i need to be in contact with people, in any forms, but preferably in everyday life.
Adrienne, June 2013
I'm a rethinking surgeon from Texas with 3 young children who is really frustrated by society as is and ready to make the changes everyone's talking about!
I've been living a life of voluntary simplicity for over a year and a half and loving it, getting clearer every day on where I want to focus my energy.
It's a continual process, and always will be, but I definitely feel like I'm creating what I want!
I'm really interested in 8th life because they are the first community I've seen that seems to have really rethought things all the way back down to the basics, and thus are most likely to have created a solid foundation upon which to build a true community with a new and sustainable way of being.
And I love that they already have food growing!