As with any move or real estate investment you have choices. There are features and benefits to different neighborhoods and lifestyles. You can either choose your electric service for your new address or you can find a way to create the electricity you need for your new house and possibly share that desire for sustainability with like-minded stewards while doing your part for the planet and the legacy you leave behind.
The idea of shared communities can bring visions of hippy laden “communes”, but a real conservation community is nothing like that. In fact, most are regulated by state and federal entities and are communities who strive for society and nature to coexist in a healthy and balanced manner. In doing so we are reducing our ecological footprint while forming community bonds. It is a practice in the way we wish to live.
Healthy and Responsible Living
Conservation community members and organizations form around a common vision of responsible living. Green building, organic food production, collective land protection and a profound connection to nature creates closer communities who are committed to saving expanses of land from ecological degradation.
Connecting with other conservation-minded folks is getting easier. There are a lot of websites available for more information and there is even a new social media platform called “Conservation Community” that’s about to launch. It looks to be a great networking tool for environmentalists and conservationists around the world. More information and resources will be able to be shared and explored while encouraging more integration of social and environmental priorities and offering a support structure.
Because each community is located in diverse geographical regions across the globe, each must be able to adapt to and master the resources available to them. They are also responsible for food security, continued green development, and the daily management of the community’s natural resources and its physical environment or habitat.
The main principles of sustainability are social responsibility and environmental wellbeing. In addition, conservation communities have the means of becoming fiscally independent of other communities. Through Organic horticulture and eco-tourism, communities can also better financially sustain themselves, therefore their way of life.
As a conservation community member, you share in the responsibility to maintain and enhance the ecological integrity of the land. You are committed to strengthening the connections between neighbors and other communities while strengthening your own.
Community-based conservation was first advocated at the 1982 World National Parks Congress and in 2007, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation commissioned Future Generations to conduct a global review on the scientific evidence relating to community-based conservation. For perspective of the times, in 2007 only 49% of Americans polled were, “Somewhat concerned” about climate issues.
Fewer than four in ten were even sure it was a problem at all.
Global warming talking points have heated up over the past decade thanks to people like former Vice President Al Gore. It’s currently a hotly and fiercely debated topic. Some people still doubt the existence of climate change and increased environmental toxins enough to lobby against programs and resources to address it.
The Community That’s Right for You
Whatever type of community you live in, the idea of real “community” should not be lost or forgotten. Community members need to know how these issues affect them directly in their everyday lives. Once the community understands it has a role in the process of conservation, awareness can increase. Without your community’s involvement, initiatives lack the attention and persistence it takes to create positive change.