The Ecovillages are communities composed of persons who, voluntarily, decide to live by respecting fully the environment, Depending on the biological and environmental sustainability. It is obvious that membership have to be natural: the "participants", Basic already, must have the sensitivity and susceptibility to live in a group based on principles that are a far cry from today's economic and social context.
The purpose of the ecovillages is not only to make use of the territory without mistreating him and keep it at the same time, but it is also to return to give importance to values, that you are losing, as the Union, the family and the human touch.
ECOVILLAGE: STRUCTURE AND OPERATION
An Ecovillage is, in fact, a small town consisting of cottages and farmhouses in natural stone, laminated wood and straw, immersed in nature and far from the urban core real. Some villages are scratch and rise above land purchased and used for Association activities, others are born to give villages or reviving abandoned countries.
It is clear, already from an urban point of view, as these types of communities tend to self-sufficiency and food. The power of the village derives from Permaculture or organic agriculture: each resident, Typically, has a small plot of land to be allocated for vegetable garden, Orchard or olive grove.
Simultaneously, each inhabitant can safely exercise their job, on site, as long as it is an activity with zero environmental impact. Granted mean that energy, necessary to "operation" of an Ecovillage, is produced and disseminated in a sustainable manner through solar panels.
Since those villages that base their existence on production, on site, what they need, the Exchange is preferred to money, not necessary. On one hand this approach not only dismiss look venal society today, but it also lets you return to give the right value to things and to communication between people. Residents need each other and nothing else.
This is the spirit of ecovillaggthe: return to give importance to the actions of individuals, safeguarding the human relationship and context. Therefore the absence or reduction of the use of money gives the same value to all those things that people need to live. It comes back to the land, to chat with your neighbor and, especially, to help themselves. As it was in the family of once: the independence of the individual depends on the collaboration of the Group.
This ecological living is based, then, on "Cohousing", flat sharing, It also includes the organisation of educational and cultural lessons, healthy activities, Games, meetings and shows.
Around the world you can find many ecovillages, different in composition and interaction with the outside world.
Some are real small town living in this manner: There are, nice places to relocate or to visit when you want to.
Others occur more as open communities, the manner of social centres: experimental sites, always surrounded by greenery, full of spaces in which to practice the most diverse collective activities or simply to unwind and listen to nature. The people here are residents or visitors who, for short periods, also stop only with the purpose to get away from the city.
THE ITALIAN NETWORK ECOLOGICAL VILLAGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN ORGANIC FARMS
Scattered all over the Italy there are almost 100 ecovillaggthe you can visit. Some of these villages are United by cooperation network BANKS- Italian network ecological villages, that is a form of social awareness and Cultural Association, to keep in touch all those people who support the concepts of community, as a collaboration between people, and sustainability, How to protect the environment.
In addition to communication network BANKS, through which you can learn Italian where countries experience the cohousing and sustainable living, many of these villages are United by WWOOF, world wide opportunities on organic farms (global opportunities on organic farms): organization that brings together the organic farms with those who want to offer a helping hand, in Exchange for room and Board. This experience allows to approach the type of life promoted by the ecovillages, the other to test and learn about the processes and products related to organic farming.