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CALL OF THE MOUNTAIN 2012, Iberoamerican Ecovillage Gathering in Colombia

The municipality of Cajibio, department of Cauca, Colombia, was the site of Call of the Mountain 2012, the largest global gathering of sustainable ecological initiatives and projects in Latin America.  Participating were 421 persons from 26 countries, of whom 126 were able to participate with the gathering’s economic support agreements.  A festive and efficient convergence of mutually supportive work, community living and respect that brought together people from Germany, Ecuador, Chile, Japan, Spain, Argentina, United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil among other countries, bringing proposals and activities in the areas of ecology, social action and the arts.

Cauca, a zone that once was named a center of conflict, is today the scene of transformation; from the 7th to the 14th of January, the brilliant green of its mountains was the backdrop for the Council of Visions, an autonomous movement organized around themes of the earth, peace and good living—Sumak Kawsay.

This process resulted in the creation of the Council of Sustainable Settlements of the Americas—CASA, where permaculture, diversity, unity and collective intelligence are the strengths for social change, practiced by a network of persons, organizations, collectives, artists, ecovillages, eco-neighborhoods, craftspeople, agriculturalists and eco-communities.

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C.A.S.A. Ecovillage Network Born in Latin America!

By Diana Leafe Christian (February 2012)

In early January in Colombia, in a long sunlit room filled with people in bright colors speaking rapid Spanish, a brand new ecovillage network was born — C.A.S.A.! An acronym in Spanish for Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Américas (Council of Sustainable Eco-Settlements of the Americas), C.A.S.A. is a network of ecovillages and other eco-projects in South America, Central America, and México. (C.A.S.A. includes Brazil, and the letters create the same acronym in Portuguese too.)

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Richard Register on EcoCities & Ecovillages

Written by Richard Register and Diana Leafe Christian

From Ecovillages Newsletter

I was recently asked whether ecovillages are similar to ecocities, and more specifically, similar to the work of ecocity advocate and designer Richard Register. I copied Richard on my reply, and his response was so interesting I wanted to share it you. — Diana

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Urban Ecovillages – Definitely Not a Pipe Dream

Written by Diana Leafe Christian

Urban ecovillages are indeed a reality in the U.S., from Cleveland EcoVillage, Detroit Ecovillage, and Culver Way Cohousing in St. Louis, to organized neighborhood-style ecovillages: Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage in Cincinatti, Phinney Ecovillage in Seattle (described in Cecile Andrews’ book, Slow is Beautiful), and of course the grandmamá of them all, Los Angeles Eco-Village. (See “L.A. Eco-Village Stops Bulldozers!”).

 

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Ecovillage Roots (and Branches) When, where, and how we re-invented this ancient village concept

Written by Albert Bates

Published in Communities Magazine, 2003

Ecovillages came into being through apparently simultaneous ideas arising in different locations at about the same time.

In 1975 the magazine Mother Earth News began constructing experimental energy systems, novel buildings, and organic gardens near its business office in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and in 1979, began calling this educational center an “eco-village.”

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