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Uma Exploração de Comunidades Sustentáveis na América Latina.

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What is a sustainable community?

Today, ‘sustainability’ has become a buzzword, used by activists, politicians, and corporate businesspeople alike, each with a different meaning and purpose. It’s not a simple concept, and it can be difficult to comprehensibly define.
For many reasons, it’s important to be clear what we mean when we say ‘Sustainable Communities,’ and to be clear about our vision and intentions in embarking upon this project.

We define our search for sustainable communities as:

A group of people who come together to organize themselves in an attempt to meet their own basic needs without compromising the local or global ecosystem.

This requires tending to the daily needs of the community, while also holding a long-term vision accounting for future generations.

Sustainability does not refer to a length of time, and cannot be measured as such, because sustainable culture, following the rhythms of nature, is based on cycles, cycles of seasons, energy, and nutrients. The linear growth model that currently dominates our societies has falsely oriented us in time, and created an illusion of separation and independence from the natural world. Understanding that our survival depends on a healthy Earth ecosystem, a sustainable community works to re-integrate with nature, and acts as a part of the whole, a cell in the Earth organism.

We all have indigenous roots, ancestors who lived sustainably for countless generations, but many of us have completely lost contact with our ancestors’ traditional knowledge. The Indigenous peoples around the world that have maintained their cultures and traditions present inspiring models of sustainable living, in which all physical and spiritual nutrition is sourced from the natural environment.

Living sustainably is not simply a lifestyle choice, or even an ecological issue. While addressing our social and ecological challenges with practical solutions, we must also look into the psychological and spiritual roots of these challenges to collectively re-create a sustainable human culture from the ground up.

We do not expect to find any single place or project that can qualify as 100 percent completely ‘sustainable.’ Rather, our search is for those projects and communities that are working towards sustainability in a holistic way, knowing that these models and examples can help catalyze a greater movement towards sustainable living on a mass scale.

The present generation of sustainable communities is a solid first step towards recreating a sustainable human culture. These communities, in addition to the Indigenous communities still alive, collectively represent our best attempts and hopes for creating an authentically sustainable culture.

It is our hope that this project, exploring the cutting edge of Latin America’s sustainable movements, can be a guide to these alternatives at present, and a catalyst to build real-life models for a sustainable future.

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