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Benefits of Eco Villages

Environmental

Sustainable eco villages work on a very simple principle - create villages systems that require little or no use of external resources to function in a way that is heathy for all residents.


Some of the environmental benefits are:

Reduce the release of CO2 through a reduction in transport.

Carbon ‘banking’ through tree and plant growth.

Carbon ‘banking’ within the biomass created through improved soil Quality.

Habitat for wildlife and an overall increase biodiversity.

Improved Water Quality - leading to greater numbers and biodiversity of aquatic life.

Less reliance on vehicles for transport (and all the associated damage and waste related to mining, manufacturing, and transport of materials used in vehicles.)

Reduction in other chemicals released as a result of fuel use: heavy metals that contained within fuel, carcinogens and other toxins.

Lower use of chemicals in food production - pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilisers etc. By not using chemicals, not only does it reduce the direct use of these chemicals and the flow on effects of their use. It also reduces the  environmental harm when the materials for these are extracted and transported, and the by-products and energy used in the manufacturing and extraction and transportation  processes.

Reduced packaging waste

Better air quality

Reduced noise pollution

Wood grown on property can be used as fuel source for cooking and heating where needed

Housing designed to have low impact on environment.

Future building materials produced within the village, and also require zero transport.

Social and Cultural

One of the driving forces behind creating these villages is families. By freeing up peoples time through affordable housing and eliminating utility bills It will allow people to work less and spend more time in their families. Also so that when people are spending time in their families they are less stressed and have less outside things occupying their attention, they are more relaxed, present and attentive with children.


In the long term this leads to a greater level of self esteem and psychological health for the child as they grow up, having received more adequate level of attention and more positive reflection from those around them.


Also because of the nature planing food production, there is much less human input, and the input is more joyful and can be more social.

Economic


A village that is sustainable in the true sense of the word, and that is unencumbered by debt would remain largely unaffected by economic ups and downs.


A true economy that is derived from the value of people and benefited by harmonious use of land.


Land is more productive per square meter when planted as a system which has a larger variety of species, and the more intimate the relationship the producer has with the the land the more productive that area is (ie. one family farming one hectare is more productive than 10 families together farming 10 hectares.)


Present economy is based on debt - less use of money means less debt (check it out, for the most part the countries that use the most money also carry the most debt. The film Money as Debt explains why. It briefly covers the impact on relevant environment issues also, and how the present economic system requires continued economic growth in order to maintain itself.)


Abundance means there is more than enough for all, not just for the one who is ‘abundant’. Sustainable Eco Villages believes that being wealthy requires ease and general wellbeing for all. Wealth would be measured by ease and pleasure in life, and level of well being rather than just in a higher level of dollars earned per year and asset portfolio. Abundance would realistically take place in a system that is collaborative and everyone wins.