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[carfreeecovillages]--new list, + "Sustainable"/Green Community Development (fwd)

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  • Colin Leath
    http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0AJX/7_64/54896275/p1/article.jhtml was posted to the carfreeecovillages list- It is a good article! I ll also take this
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 9, 2003

      was posted to the carfreeecovillages list-
      It is a good article!

      I'll also take this opportunity to announce the carfreeecovillages list to
      BACFC and Carfree_cities.

      here is the link to the list:

      here is Soif's press release announcing the list:
      please post it wherever others might find it relevant!

      From: Francois Schneider <soif@...>
      Subject: [carfree_conf3] presentation of list
      carfreeecovillages@... for the bulletin

      Here is a presentation for the bulletin
      greetings to all

      The list server carfreeecovillages@... is opening.
      For "carbusting of the countryside".

      We wish to explore visions of ecovillages car-free and free of car
      dependency and share experiences and solutions. The list would also serve as
      support for the practical set-up of one or more ecovillages in Europe or
      elsewhere. The discussion should integrate different aspects including
      transportation, food production, construction and energy to make it a truly
      carfree ecovillage.

      Cars destroy villages as they suppress the need of people to live close to
      each others. The result is (like in cities): low life quality with road
      transit, land destruction, danger, pollution, no small shops and
      dissemination of housing... Villages might be fundamentally compatible with
      carfreeness. On the opposite we can hardly imagine a car-free sprawl!

      Sign up at http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/carfreeecovillages
      and spread the word!

      Another longer version:

      Opening of a new list-serve carfreeecovillages@... Welcome to the list!

      The purpose of this list-serve would be to discuss and organize the creation of one or more explicitly car-free ecovillages in Europe and anywhere.

      A carfree ecovillage is not accessible by car and the inhabitants do not rely on the automobiles for their activities. In its optimal setting, the carfree village would not have a parking lot even far away but still be a site where many people could visit, meet and develop activities.

      The Car-free idea is for now mainly an urban dream. According to the general opinion, you just cannot live without a car in the countryside and even in so-called eco-villages. It is strange because the village type structure has been mainly car-free for a long time (there was only an "impossibility" of living without a car in villages in the last 50 years at most in around 9.000 years of existence of villages). And many villages are living without cars still now.

      The big problem of living without cars in villages is that others have cars (and it is hard to convince them not to). In a carfree ecovillage we would create enough cooperation, enough critical mass of car-free heroes, to make things easy. In its design a carfree village needs to integrate all aspects globally, and especially the proximity requirements, the recycling and integration in the nature for food, energy and construction.

      The challenge could support many innovations: super trailors, cooperation with train company, teleferic transport, bike taxis, all sorts of bike types, bike powered washing machines, grinders, computers, pumps, but everything remains to be invented...


      Francois Schneider
      Quinta do boicao
      tel: +351 21 968 14 12

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 22:19:28 -0700
      From: Mike Morin <mikemorin>
      Subject: [carfreeecovillages] "Sustainable"/Green Community Development

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