|cohousing: self-sufficient community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jessica Shaten (jessicagopher.ccbr.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 12:59:37 -0600|
William Thornton raised a couple of issues that are dear to my heart...namely, the prospect of creating a **village** that minimizes its dependence on what has become the all-pervasive, planetary system of industrialized interdependence and which cannot go on forever (it simply consumes too many non-replacable essential resources to move massive amounts of stuff around in order to meet basic needs that for 10,000 years of human history were met at home). Self-sufficiency requires community; no one can do it alone. I began subscribing to this list because I was aware that the social issues of creating community out of a culture that has emphasized isolation as the solution to interpersonal difference and conflict are not easy ones to address, and I was interested in hearing what others were thinking and saying about it. In general, I have been stimulated and informed by the exchanges I have been reading. But is there anyone else out there interested in this idea of village self-sufficiency and long-term sustainability? It is not really a co-housing issue per-se (or doesn't need to be), so I don't want to clog up the list and the e-mail messages raising concerns that others don't share, but if there are others of like mind, I'd like to communicate. On Tue, 16 Jan 1996, William Thornton wrote: > I would like to add to the list: > > Rain water storage or wells in case the utility company lets us down. > > Alternative sources of electricity, such as solar cells or generators to > provide backup for essential electrical needs. > > Design of common kitchen to be adaptable to other sources of fuel than > natural gas. > > Preservation and enhancement of the fertility of the land and enough > cultivation to provide cohousing members with the skills, tools, and seeds > to become as self-sufficient in food production as possible. > > >
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