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Climate Crisis and the Democratic ProspectParticipatory Governance in Sustainable Communities$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199594917.001.0001

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Practicing Participatory Environmental Governance: Ecovillages and the Global Ecovillage Movement

Practicing Participatory Environmental Governance: Ecovillages and the Global Ecovillage Movement

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(p.185) 8 Practicing Participatory Environmental Governance: Ecovillages and the Global Ecovillage Movement
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Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect
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Frank Fischer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199594917.003.0009

Ecovillages represent an existing and ongoing form of participatory environmental government that is anchored to real-world realities. These communities are essentially made up of people who have rethought the way they live and taken steps to reduce their ecological footprint. Most are located in the countryside, but ecovillages and their variants are also found in major cities. There is also a global network of ecovillages. Linked together through the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), they are found in many countries around the world. Moreover, some of their members lead simple lives that involve practices that remind one of earlier centuries, described as a form of “reskilling.” But others accept high-tech features such as cell phones, internet connections, solar panels, and even research laboratories. Ecovillages do not represent the solution, but they are in a position to maintain the practices of participatory environmental governance during the climate crisis.

Keywords:   ecovillage, Global Ecovillage Network, participatory environmental governance, ecological footprint, eco-neighborhood, Gaia, permaculture, consensual decision-making, sociocracy

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