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Experimenting with Sustainability


The term “eco-village” tends to elicit confused shrugs or conjure up images of communes, cults or strange communities of societal outcasts.

But these villages have a different explanation for what they do. As part of the intentional community movement, they express a commitment to organizing community life to make it more sustainable environmentally, socially and economically. In a time when we are faced with the depletion of natural resources and the repercussions of climate change, this seems a noble goal. But is it working?

I visited several ecovillages in the B.C. to find out. Were they, I wondered, ineffective social experiments or was there something to be learned from them?

In This Series



Becoming a Farmer the Community Way

Land-sharing projects like the Yarrow Ecovillage may help young farmers rejuvenate Canadian agriculture. First of three parts.

By Erin Ward, 7 Aug 2018



Underground Heat Gives Small Town Hope

Valemount, BC wants to be Canada’s first geothermal village. Second of three parts.

By Erin Ward, 9 Aug 2018

If We Can’t Stop Hothouse Earth, We’d Better Learn to Live on It

New research a warning that we face a desperate global struggle.

By Crawford Kilian