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Project Tri-Star: An Ecologically Sound Life within Planned Community

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There are numerous attempts being made throughout the world regarding sustainable community living.  Most of these attempts function by looking at all aspects of one's life: food, health, relationship, spirituality as well as one's relationship to Nature.  Some of these movements include:

Transition Town, which is a movement across the world focusing on helping people develop resilience skills.  The function of Transition Town is to help people adapt to diminishing oil dependence due to diminishing supplies as well as climate change.  Transition Town also fosters more ecologically sound   behaviors within their community.  Transition Towns are movements meeting people where they are, within their existing community and homes.    

Ecovillages are planned communities, that are founded on the principle of sustainable living.   There is one in Ithaca, NY, which has been a relatively stable village.  


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One of the frustrations some have with movements such as these is that they attract what some refer to as yuppies who are hippie wanna-be's! In essence, they have a lot of money to buy into what are often high dollar properties.   For example, in the comments section after the above film, Missy West states:

   Many of these so-called eco villages are only for the rich. The good news is there is increased

            movement among people to do affordable villages rather than those that are of high cost. It will

             take educating councils and other government agencies too as they love to put 'red tape' in the

             way of going green in affordable way. 

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But then there are those that speak to living outside the "box" and are not for the rich. One such ecovillage is in Ireland:

These ecovillages are not all that extreme.  They are people working towards cultivating a sustainable lifestyle in a healthy fashion.  The question is:  "Is this enough?"  While some would give a "thumbs up" for effort, for these critics the effort is not good enough.  More radical strategies are necessary.

One such ecovillage model is Project Tri Star.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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