From the beginning of human habitation a natural village has consisted of buildings wholly constructed of natural and recycled materials. The villagers tend gardens and run businesses, with a goal of being over 50% — and as close to 100% as possible — self-sufficient in food production. The village also looks to the sun, wind and water to complement its grid-supplied energy consumption.
With care, each village can restore its local environment back into a healthy condition of food producing landscape with lovely natural homes nestled in central clusters, as the tradition has held since our beginnings. Sharing daily survival goals in such a village (or neighborhood) — one consisting of adults and children, animals, gardens and environmentally-friendly technology creates an inherently stable home life and supportive community atmosphere, which in turn contributes to meeting people’s basic needs for food, social life and shelter.
Pictured above: near the village of Rudraprayag, nestled between the Alak Anand and Mandakini rivers in the Himalayan foothills of India, lie villages that have been self sustaining for well over 10,000 years, and that continue largely unchanged into today. Cell phones, cars and the litter of thousands of plastic bags are the most evident sign of the modern age.
This is why the formation has dominated human organization since our dawning: An independent village determines its own economy according to the goals and abilities of its villagers.
In today’s modern world – earth/clay construction can amend buildings in cities and townships. New construction can be upheld to true sustainability standards. The old toxic – huge carbon footprint of this style of construction can fall away and be replaced by construction as beautiful as the middle eastern temples that were made from this medium many centuries ago and that are still standing today.
Urban neighborhoods can slowly become replaced by lots that host earthen homes surrounded by food production gardens. The hub and thrill of city life can slowly take on the natural feel of building methods that make sense to our children’s children. We can uphold and demand that every building that is newly constructed meet the standard of authentic sustainability and with a low or no carbon footprint.
When we are out of balance, we loose respect for our natural boundaries. Let us recover our hearth and home by making a natural village available to all of those who need them. Creating a community within natures balance, is the best way we can thank this living, conscious system of life-creating-life within this evolution. To us this is love moving forward with consciousness. With unity. Community.
Natural, beautiful, regional food production landscapes can once again become normal for human communities.