The ecologically mature society

Eco communityThis is an exercise in exploring what an ecologically mature society might look  like, based on Andy Fisher’s book Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life. According to Fisher, the Four Tasks of ecopsychology are as follows:

The psychological task: to acknowledge and better understand the human-nature relationship as a relationship
The philosophical task: to place psyche (soul, anima, mind) back into the (natural) world
The practical task: to develop therapeutic and recollective practices towards an ecological society
The critical task: to engage in ecospychologically-based criticism

Reminiscent of Ecotopia, our ecologically mature society turned into a bit of a dictatorial utopia I’m afraid…


Community Programs
4 day work week + one day community service
Free community health care as part of community practice day
Invitation of outside visitors on community practice day
1 community practice day per month takes place outside of the community
Activist representatives in local, regional and national politics
1 year social service program post-high school
Transportation by feet or wheel when weather is good, biodiesel busses at other times
Legal system based on restorative justice and mediation
Monthly block parties and street fairs with barter system or local currency
Green innovation grants to improve community
Eco-home testing and remediation

Required Actions
30 min daily contemplative practice
Limit of 30 min of screen time per day
2 hours daily outdoor time
Minimum 10 indoor plants per home
Organic community gardens
All food consumed within 30 miles of where it was grown
Meals eaten with community or family
Training and practice groups in Nonviolent Communication
Extreme recycling, including composting toilets

Prohibited Actions
No cell phones, only land lines
No indoor classrooms, only nature based teaching
No lawns, only food crops or xeriscape
No agricultural herbicides, pesticides, or GMOs
No individual car ownership
No construction on land that hasn’t been previously built on
No large-scale commercially prepackage or prepared foods
No microwaves
No electric lights after 8pm
No use of potable water for non-consumption activities

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