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Living future now

12 Aug

There are people living according to such values as sustainable, local, connected, resilient, circular, lean … A few hundred pioneers with such values meet every summer at the European Global Ecovillage Network conference and cross-pollinate their visions and plans.

On the third day of this year’s conference I sat in a small circle talking with Charles Eisenstein. A man in the circle said that something new is being born in the world. Charles replied: “What if this ‘new’ is already alive, but we do not see it?” After a pause, he added: “Can you imagine a conversation between two brain cells, in which one says to the other: Hey, what if we are part of a huge organism? What if we’re not alone here?”

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Photo: Ängsbacka

Our conversation continued over that very question: How would we act if we were aware that we are part of a living entity? What if we are actually not alone in the cataclysmic story unfolding before our eyes?

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COP 21 – prožnost je nova trajnost

3 Dec

V Parizu je zadnje dni vroče. Ali vsaj topleje. Klimatske spremembe na delu … ali morda samo gneča ljudi?

Etikete in znaki vabijo ljudi na COP21 – po mestu, po podzemni železnici. Povsod je polno policije, v avtih, na konjih, na motorjih, peš … zlasti v bližini znamenitosti, večjih postaj podzemne železnice in v bližini razstavišča, kjer poteka COP 21. Policisti so že na prvi pogled fini Francozi, niti približno tako robustno strogi, kot se spomnim danskih izpred šestih let v Kopenhagnu na COP15. Tile tukaj ti rečejo: “Oprostite, gospod, ali lahko prosim greste mimo tukaj po levi.”

Nekajkrat so se sicer zdrznili, ker sem bos, a so samo vprašali, če me ne zebe. Nasmehnil sem se in skomignil z rameni. Oni tudi. Enkrat so mi pregledali nahrbtnik na izhodu iz podzemne železnice. Sem se hotel pohecati: »Ej, če iščete bombo, je nimam več. Pustil sem jo pod sedežem.« Pa bi me morda celo tile uglajenci vzeli povsem dobesedno in bi se moja doživetja Pariza preselila v še bolj zaprte in zavarovane prostore, do česar mi vsekakor ni bilo, zato sem držal jezik za zobmi in se smehljal. Bombe nisem omenjal.

V Parizu najbolj pogrešam zemljo, prst, življenje. Pogrešam travnate površine, ki bi se jih lahko dotaknil vsaj občasno za nekaj korakov. Povsod asfalt in beton. Še na dvorišču bloka mojega prijaznega gostitelja je edina zaplata trave dobro zaščitena z visoko ograjo, nedostopna. Komaj sem se prerinil skozi grmovje, da sem si očistil stopala in se vsaj malo razelektril. Najbolj od vsega pogrešam stik s tlemi – šele zdaj, tretji dan se tega zares zavedam. Še najprijetnejša stvar, na katero sem se trudil stopati, kadar sem le lahko, so bili povoženi posušeni iztrebki policijskih konjev. Vsaj kanček življenja pod podplati …

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A Just Society is Possible:

11 Aug

Diary from Global Ecovillage Network conference 2012

By Nara Petrovič

(The article was originally published in Slovenian in the neswpaper Delo, Sobotna priloga, August 4th, 2012)

I heard a call from across the Hungarian plains! The makers of a better world were gathering in Krishna Valley Ecovillage, south of Lake Balaton, Hungary. I joined them for the fourth time—desiring to give, and with the hope that I will learn something new, something amazing, as I have done three times so far:-

In 2009, I brought from Finland the seed of the idea of ‘cleaning the country’ in one day. In 2010, in Italy, I realized the dimensions of the phenomenon of ecovillages, and their importance in addressing pressing global problems. In 2011, I recognized the importance of water as a strategic resource and saw a practical example of restoring water landscapes; a practice worth implementing everywhere in the world. What will I learn this year, I wondered?

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