Natural Fibre Community – A Pre-Apocalyptic Opportunity

ecovilalge, cohousing community in canadaA Future for Natural Fiber

What would you do if you had a clear vision of a new way of life, not just for yourself, but for hundreds or even thousands of people?

What if you can see in your mind’s eye a stunning future for humanity and you have a burning desire to turn that vision into a reality?

What if your vision required at least two million dollars in order to take root?

Would you throw it in the basket with millions of other pipe dreams or would you look for a way to make it happen?

Guess what?  We’ve had such a vision for nearly twenty years.  We’ve spent a whole pile of money searching for a way to make it work and right now there seems to be a new energy surrounding the idea; it’s beginning to coalesce.

The Natural Fiber Community Project

The whole project revolves around natural fibre, both from plant and animal origins. Since the vast majority of clothing is made from oil-based synthetic fibres and there is a growing movement to wean ourselves off oil and to find our roots as multi-dimensional spiritual beings once more, reconnecting to the source of what keeps us warm and dry or protects us from extremes of weather is an essential step in our process of conscious evolution.  Add to this the renewed interest in knitting, crochet, weaving and fibre crafts in general, fueled in part by the reach of the Internet and there seems to be a very strong case to create a focal point for natural fibre proponents.

Our vision is to bring together people from any and all walks of life who share in a passion for all things natural and have the desire to make a real difference in the world, by natural fiber community projectencouraging the return to the use of natural fibres.  Through research and experimentation, we expect to produce the fibres and fibre products best suited to the climate of Canada.  People thrived for thousands of year

s before us without the need to drill deep into the Earth for oil and creating unforgivable  pollution and unconscionable devastation to the planet in order to process that oil.  It is possible; we can do it; we just need the will.  To bring those passionate about fibre together and to make a meaningful contribution to the Province, the Country and the World, requires commitment and dedication and our proposal is to create a living community that revolves around the development and production of the fibre and a more natural way of life.

Having spent several years researching and studying different community styles, co-housing stands out as a shining example of community and cooperation.  If you find yourself making a mental association between co-housing and a commune, get it out of your head now!  Co-housing is better defined as an intentionally designed and built village. It is not communal living nor is it the random sprawl that defines almost every town, village and city in existence across the planet.  The Fiber Village is designed in such a way as to encourage interaction, whilst preserving privacy and independence and it revolves around enterprise rather than dreams.  Residents will have housing costs, but they are typically less than conventional housing.  One of the main concepts of co-housing is to remove unnecessary duplicity in homes and to pool resources.  It’s a choice: a community laundry just a few steps from your door or twenty houses, each with its own washer and dryer or twenty ride-on mowers!

The second important concept of the village is ‘employment for everyone.’  With so many different areas to be explored in the world of natural fibre, there will be ample work opportunities for all residents.  This does not mean that all residents have to work or that they have to work in the village, but opportunities will exist and we are even exploring innovative ways to ensure income, even during the quieter winter months.

It is intended that the village be a model for other enterprises and based upon the experiences of other intentional communities, it will probably receive a great many visitors throughout the year.  Festivals celebrating the animals and the earth that produce the fibre will bring the attention of the surrounding community, providing items of interest for the casual tourist as well as those interested in natural living alternatives.

genetic modification, community, organic farming

As 2012 hurtles to a close, with all the intimidating meanings that have been associated with this auspicious date, one thing is for certain, that we MUST change the way we live and behave. The climate is changing and the polar ice is melting at a pace that even the most pessimistic scientists didn’t anticipate and that, whether we like it or not, we have but a few years to shift our attention from low-lying industrial coastal regions to higher elevations and from oil-based food, clothing, transport and heating to sustainable systems.  They exist!  They’ve existed for decades or longer and there is much more yet to be discovered, but the discoveries require energy, dedication and resources in order for them to manifest.  It is my belief that the world will not come to end this week, but that this period of time is a crux; this is a turning point that has been reached on many occasions in the past.  The latest quantum science has demonstrated that atomic structure can be influenced by the mind of an observer.  Nothing is created that has not first been held in a process of thought.  We are all Creators, but we are also The Great Destroyers.  What we think can come into being.

So where do the llamas from our sanctuary feature in all of this?  Llamas, alpacas and sheep are the mainstay of our animal-based natural fibres.  Our recent culture has actually taught us to disrespect these animals and treat them as irreverently as any other possession.  In ancient times they were revered and honoured.  We would like to llama rescue, llama sanctuary, animal fibersee this system of honour restored.  The Earth also yields her potential in the form of flax, nettles and other fibrous plants.  Earth fibres don’t sound very sexy, neither does wool come to that and yet they can be incredibly soft and silky, even being used to make parachute silk.  There is a growing demand for natural fibres and the countries with the largest populations, which have perhaps been forced to take action ahead of North America, Australasia or Europe, are already implementing large-scale production of natural fibres.  China’s huge growth in alpaca farms is a case in point.  We can do this too, but we also have the opportunity to implement it in a new lifestyle framework; one that meets the needs of the individual, the community, the country, the whole planet, even.

This change will not happen by itself, it requires like-minded people to sit down and pool their ideas, their knowledge and resources.  You don’t need to be a scientist; we all have life experience and views to share, as well as the ability to make things happen. If we cannot roll up our sleeves, we can roll up the veils in our minds that keep us in a state of delusion that it will all work out right in the end, because someone will do something about it. It requires determination and dedication though. It will require a lot of planning and lot of effort.  In times of crisis mankind usually manages to dig deep and find these resources within themselves, but we believe it would be slightly more beneficial if we didn’t wait for the crisis, but acknowledged that the crisis is waiting just over the horizon and that the time to act is now.

Contact us if you see yourself in this vision.

growing your own food

Genetic Modification of Crops – Time to Take It Seriously

If ever there was a need for local communities to get together and develop there own food production system, it is right now.  It really isn’t difficult; millions of people around the world, grow food in their backyards.  With a little more effort, forethought and community mindedness, self-sufficiency can become reality.  Even city dwellers can grow their own veggies.  If we want to ween ourselves away from oil dependency and away from the toxic crops that are produced by the giant agri-businesses, them we have to change the way we think about food and the way we eat.  There was a time, when it wasn’t worth growing much of your own food, since large scale farming, produced crops for considerably less money, but have you noticed how the price of food, relative to income, has gone up and up and up?   This has a lot to do with profit and greed and very little to do with serving mankind.

Come on Canada!  This isn’t a game of hockey!

organic hay, community supported agricultureAfter twenty years, genetic modification has not solved the world s food shortages like we were told it would do.  It has yet to demonstrate a significant increase in yield compared to organic farming methods and in most instances it has yet to demonstrate ANY increase in yield.  What is can demonstrate is that the Biotech companies are getting phenomenally wealthy and the farmers who are suckered into buying the GM seeds in poorer countries are losing their livelihoods and now live with the constant threat and reality of legal action for the most bizarre and even uncontrollable events.  ….and unless Canada takes massive action to pull the plug on production of genetically modified crops, very soon, we will have reached the point of no-return, where retracing our steps to non-GM food production will be impossible.  Since there is considerable controversy over the safety of GM food, with some countries imposing a total ban on production and even imports, you would think that everyone should be proceeding with considerable caution.

 

Here’s a great update on the GM scene by CBAN (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network):

Education on GM Alfalfa Continues: Over 10,000 people have now watched the CBAN YouTube video on GM alfalfa! But that’s not all! People are screening the video at Seedy Saturdays, Film Festivals, farmer conferences, schools and community events across the country. Teachers and students are bringing the video into their schools. Farmers, community groups and others have embedded the video on their websites. CBAN has campaign materials posted at www.cban.ca/alfalfa Stay tuned for new action and updates in the campaign to stop GM alfalfa. Please continue collecting signatures on the GM alfalfa petition, for your MP.
The intellectual property stipulations under the proposed Canada-EU Trade Agreement would allow corporations to seize farms, farm assets and freeze bank accounts of any farmers alleged to have infringed corporate intellectual property rights, even if these farms have been contaminated by seeds from neighbouring farms. “As drafted, the agreement will usher in an unprecedented set of enforcement tools designed to make farmers, and others, comply with intellectual property rights. With the inclusion of precautionary seizure provisions, farmers accused of having a patented gene in their crops or seed could lose their farms, crops, equipment or cash – for alleged genetic modification, community, organic farminginfringement. The European position on intellectual property rights has hardened throughout the negotiations, with the recent addition of criminal enforcement (ie jail time). The expansion of intellectual property rights enforcement tools would increase corporate control of farms, increase seed costs and  destroy farmers’ autonomy.” – Ann Slater, National Farmers Union Ontario CBAN has posted a new analysis at   http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/Trade/Food-Agriculture-and-CETA
The National Research Council (NRC) is being re-purposed to provide taxpayer-funded research services to the corporate sector instead of doing basic research for the public benefit of all Canadians. Minister of State for Science and Technology acknowledged that NRC was developed to do basic research but said that was before Canada developed research strength at its universities. More Info….

FRENCH GOVERNMENT BANS MONSANTO’S CORN

On Friday, France set a new temporary ban on the cultivation of Monsanto’s GM corn, after a previous moratorium was annulled by the country’s top court in November. France said that it was acting conservatively in advance of spring sowings. “to protect the environment”. The French agriculture ministry said in a statement that the Monsanto maize strain MON 810 had been banned as a “precautionary measure”. Monsanto said in January that it had no intention of selling GM maize in France as it felt the market was not ready.

INDIAN FARMERS EXPOSE MONSANTO

A farmer organization in India alleges that global seeds major Monsanto was secretly running a signature campaign in rural Gujarat, asking farmers to sign a letter to Prime Minister favouring introduction of GM food crops. They allege Monsanto hired local youth in villages to get farmers to sign the letter. It has asked the Gujarat Government to ban Monsanto for indulging in “anti-farmer” activities. BKS Gujarat unit President Magan Patel says Monsanto was misleading farmers by giving incorrect information on GM ecovillage, community farmrice, maize and wheat crops, Patel said. Monsanto has denied charges. “Monsanto Secretly Campaigning for GM Food Crops in Gujarat, alleges Bharatiya Kisan Sangh,” The Economic Times, India

Meanwhile the Gujarat government wants the price of Bt cotton seed to be regulated and put under its control despite opposition to it from the India’s top seed producing companies.

SOUTH AFRICA DISPUTES GM BENEFITS

On the 9 March 2012, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) presented findings from its latest annual report to the media in Pretoria, South Africa. ISAAA proclaimed another boom year for GM crops in South Africa and claimed that the benefit of GM crops is widespread and widely shared. However the African Centre for Biosafety (ABC) disputes that GM crops have benefitted farmers and consumers in South Africa. The group says GM crops have done nothing to bring about food security or curtail the escalating costs of food in South Africa. Between January 2008 and January 2012, the cost of a 5kg bag super corn meal increased by a staggering 83%. In 2007, the poorest 30% of the population spent approximately 22% of their monthly income on food, including on maize-a staple. The latest figures from January 2012 put this at nearly 39%. According to Mariam Mayet, Director of the ACB, “the beneficiaries of GM crops remain the multinational biotechnology companies themselves. Monsanto controls around 50% of the maize seed market in South Africa, and its maize seed revenues from last season easily topped R1 billion! ”

EUROPE 

Widespread growing of GM crops in Europe remains a distant prospect as EU member states failed on Friday to agree to a plan to let them decide individually whether to grow or ban GM plants. “Those member states against cultivation on their territory have no other option than to block the entire European authorisation procedure”.

UK PUBLIC

Headlines read that UK public concern over GM crops has lessened and opposition to GM is weakening but the survey statistic is actually that 15% of Britons are unconcerned by GM food, compared with 17% in 2003! It took 8 years to convince 3% more Brits that GMOs are okay. And what about the other 83%?

EUROPEAN CONFERENCE DECRIES GM

Farmers, crofters, activists and NGOs who gathered at the 7th European conference “Let’s Liberate Diversity” held in Scottish Highlands sent a  resounding message rejecting GMOs to the UK corporations, institutions, organisations and government that are trying to soften up the British public to accept GM food and animal feeds. Norman Leask, a Shetland crofter and director of the Scottish Crofting Federation, said, “We will defend our seeds and breeds and our local food system. The gathering of these people in growing your own foodStrathpeffer was a gathering of hearts and of a strong  spirit that will defend our rights and traditions and strengthen our opposition to GMOs.”

TURKEY

Turkey will never produce vegetables or plants with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker said at a March 23 meeting with editors from the Anatolian news agency. Turkey only allows for the import of genetically modified corn and soya used for animal feed.

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY REGULATIONS NEEDED

The Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology”, the first global declaration from civil society outlines principles that must be adopted to protect public health and our environment from the risks posed by synthetic biology. The report also addresses the field’s numerous economic, social and ethical challenges. The principles have been endorsed by 111 organizations from around the world including CBAN. Download the document here: http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/Synthetic-Biology

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
Fax: 613 241 2506
coordinator@cban.ca
www.cban.ca

cycling

Free & Healthy Transportion

cycling, city transport, fun, ecovillage, cohousingI saw this video the other day and thought it was not just worthy of talking about, but in my opinion, it is one of the most important presentations on the future of transportation that I have ever seen.

Thirty years ago, the Netherlands made the conscious decision to promote cycling throughout the country and improve infrastructure for cyclists.  The key point here, is that they didn’t do it in a small way, they really put some mastermind thinking and planning into it.  The results speak for themselves.  Approximately 27% of all journeys in Holland are made by bicycle and according to the documentary, that figure rises to more than 50% in the city of Amsterdam.

The approach they took must become a lesson for all cities.  The camera crew follows a delegation of American city planners and engineers as they visit various cities in the Netherlands, helping them to understand how to deal with traffic conflicts and parking problems.

The Dutch authorities didn’t just tack a bike lane alongside a busy highway, they made cycling the easier option for getting around.  When cycle lanes have to cross major roads, they create underpasses and when they have to install traffic lights, they don’t just put red and green lights at the crossing, they include a timer, so everyone can see how long they have to wait to cross.  Tiny little details like that can make all the difference.  How many times have you pressed the button at a crossing and then waited and

waited and waited and pressed the button a few more times, thinking that it might not have registered your intentions?  I even find myself wondering whether the button actually does anything, since it seems to make no difference to the way the traffic flows.

Thousands of cyclists descending on train stations can be problematic, less of a problem, certainly, than thousands of cars, but a problem nonetheless.  In Holland they have free multi-tiered bike parks with security guards.  They have automatic ‘free space’ detectors and they are always seeking to improve the systems and make life easier for the
free-wheelers.

Taking all of those cars out of the city improves the air quality for all.  It reduces noise pollution and creates more space. It reduces travel stress and the people are without doubt, healthier by a long way, compared to the typical traffic congested cities elsewhere in the world.

I understand that that such facilities are not appropriate everywhere, but even in small towns and villages, if cycling were given a priority, then I am absolutely certain that more people would use a bicycle for many of their shorter journeys. I also appreciate that Holland is flat and ideal for cycling.  I lived on the Dutch border for several years and cycling is a real joy there.

bicycle, free transport, cohousing, communityOn Canadian roads, I take my life in my hands every time I venture out, due to the blundering logging trucks and frequently I find the roads provide nowhere for cyclists to run to, in order to avoid the wake of passing trucks.
Watch the video, I urge you; it is inspiring, uplifting and offers hope and incentive to create a better world.  It might even encourage you to dust off your own two-wheeler, pump up the tires and take to the road. It’s a positive, community-friendly and healthy step to take, in a world where, running out of oil is only one small blip in an ocean of self-made problems.

sheep, llama, alpaca, animal fibre, ecovillage

The Vision – Natural Fibre EcoVillage and Co-Housing Community

Picture this:  A park-like setting, with trees clustered within open pastures; fibre-bearing animals: sheep, llamas and alpacas roam and graze.  Just inside the entrance gate to the property, a farm store is bustling with activity.  It sells organic fruit and vegetables that are grown on the community farm.  Boxes of vegetables are being prepared for distribution within the community, at the same time a number of visitors have called in to pick up their own food boxes.  It’s always busy here on Fridays!

ecovillage, vision, communityDelivering the boxes of vegetables to the community is easy though.   The community residents are not only on the same property, but they all live within a stone’s throw from each other and in any case, the food is being delivered to the village common house for a shared meal this evening.  The common house beats like the very heart of this exceptional village.  Barely a day goes by when it does not witness, at least a few moments, in the life of each and every resident.  Shared meals are available in the common house every single evening, although participation is optional.

The common house provides facilities that can be shared by everyone.  The community laundry means the village requires around 30 fewer washers and dryers.  Guest rooms are always available, which reduces the need for every house to have one of its own.  Likewise children’s playrooms, a music room, work rooms, storage and office space and ultimately, a kitchen and dining room that serves food for any resident who wishes to dine there in the evenings.  Sharing equipment, tools, space and even vehicles  drastically reduces the cost of living for every household.  It also makes an enormous difference to the ecological footprint of the village as a whole.

A small horse trailer trundles past the farm store, on its way to the veterinary clinic.  This clinic not only serves the local neighborhood, but it caters for the many animals being cared for by this same community.  The sheep and the llamas are seen by the vet when necessary, but the onsite clinic spends a lot of time caring for the other animal rescue, horse retirement centre, cohousing communityresidents of this unusual village, the horses and donkeys living in the Large Animal Rescue & Retirement Centre.  This is a large organization and expensive to run, but it is all managed by people who actually live in the village and paid for by generous donations and fundraising, as well as by the people who request that their animals be cared for by the centre, should they become too ill to do so or leave this earthly life before their animals.
Standing at the entrance to this 160 acre park-site, you will see, not only the cluster of residential houses, but another group of buildings, especially the eye-catching pavilion at its centre.  This is FAB, the Fibre Arts Bootcamp, an educational facility dedicated to the promotion of natural fibers and the fibre arts.  Fibre is not only collected from the animals onsite, but the mill and fibre processing centre serves hundreds of natural fibre producers throughout British Columbia.  This centre provides employment for many of the residents.  Jobs are frequently shared and can also be rotated to allow residents to learn many different aspects of the fibre world.  The business sector of the community is cooperatively run and provides a ‘job for life’ for all of its members.

An unusual development like this attracts a lot of interest.  People come by the coach-load, from all over the world.  Sometimes, there are many more visitors on the grounds than residents and it could become overwhelming at times, if it were not for the strict privacy rules and the careful work of the visitor management team.  There’s even a visitor centre that offers information and advice on how this type of  community can be replicated almost anywhere.  The  RV park and camp ground welcomes visitors to come and spend some time learning about this strange alternative to the normal, consumer-driven, every-man-for-himself, society that most people find themselves living in, whether they like it or not.

sheep, llama, alpaca, animal fibre, ecovillageThis isn’t a new concept, co-housing and EcoVillages have been around for decades.  There are over 700 co-housing developments in Denmark alone and they are so popular, there is always a waiting list to get a place in one of them.  North Americans have been slower on the uptake, but with around 150 well proven communities, their popularity is expanding at a rapid rate.  Residents describe improved health, greater happiness and more a meaningful life as just a few of the unseen benefits of living more intimately with other people.  This isn’t communal living though, privacy is usually respected to an even greater degree than normal.  Neither is this Utopia; we are still human beings, we still have our challenges and we still have to learn how to get along with each other.  However, differences between residents are usually patched up quickly and with considerable local support.  Nor is this a New Age settlement; teachers, engineers, farmers, a landscape gardener, a writer, builders, an auto mechanic, in fact, professional people from all walks of life live here.  Single parents often describe this as the perfect solution; every child has a hundred parents and because there are so many people milling around at all times of the day, this is a safe environment in which children and adults thrive.  There is no bias toward age or ability, we all have our gifts to give and a community that deliberately sets out to find those gifts is the richest community in the world.

This is just one vision of a new  society in which we can all live and share in the abundance.  The difference here though, is that this vision is already being manifested in many places around the world.  This isn’t a pipe dream, this type of society really does work.  Not is this about ideology; even in the perfect world, we would still have differing opinions.  However, our own perfect world places man and animals as equals on the ladder of ascension and within the theme of the enterprise that we envisage within this community, residents would need also to share this belief.  Bring your own God, bring your own personal beliefs, bring your own abilities and disabilities, share your gift.  Other than the desire to create a more ecologically sustainable, socially respectful and responsible way of life, this is still a way of life like any other.

Does this vision appeal to you?  A few highly motivated people, are all that is required to get this project out of the ether and onto the ground.  Join us in designing and creating a community just like this one.  We feel quite safe in saying that it will not be an easy journey, in fact it will probably be a long and bumpy road.  However, the cohousing community, shared garden, organicrewards reach far beyond this single community.  To establish something that demonstrates to so many people, what is really possible in life, can truly be an event to change the world.

This community is designed to encourage sharing and to provide for the welfare of all the residents, both human and animal.  It reduces environmental impact, as well as money dependency.  It specifically develops individual and social responsibility and by catering for the needs of all, both young and old, it offers a sense of purpose and direction, when for most people, there is simply nothing.

We believe it’s possible.  Are you one of the highly motivated people who will join us and make this happen?

Stop GM Alfalfa in Canada – Take Action Now

Alfalfa is one of the most widely grown crops in agricultural Canada and at the present time, it is free of genetic modification, or as free as it can be!  However, this might be about to change.  GM alfalfa was approved for use in Canada in 2005, but it still has one more step to take, before it can be legally sold as seed.  This simply must not be allowed to happen.

Here’s a great little movie that helps to explain why:

Take action now and write to your minister.  A pre-written form is available here that makes writing ans submitting a doddle.  Don’t become a complainer after the fact, take action now!

CBAN Action against GM Alfalfa

Co-Housing – Salve for Mankind or Slums of the Future?

Whilst discussing the Natural Fibre EcoVillage project with someone recently, I was extolling the virtues of the co-housing system, when they caught me off-guard, and asked why I believed that North America needed yet another type of housing development, when there are already thousands of examples of different types of community environments, that obviously do not nurture the residents.  He told me that all housing systems eventually fall into decay and become the eye-sores, slums, car dumps and drug depots for future generations to deal with, so why do I believe that co-housing is going to be any different?

Great question!

intentional community

Of course, I listed the many benefits of a cooperative housing project that has been carefully designed to encourage community, which I thought, sounded good in response, probably in just the same way that previous community housing projects have been proposed and praised.  The question really poked a finger into a sore spot for me though and presented me with cause for contemplation.  Later that evening, I sat and thought hard about what really makes co-housing so different and considered whether it could truly stand the test of time.  Whilst pondering this I happened to read a brief, yet stunning sentence in Katie McCamant and Charles Durrett’s most recent edition of their book: Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities.

This simple paragraph actually brought a tear to my eye:

 

Now Tina walks home from school with other kids in her cohousing community. Her mother is usually at work, so she goes up to the common house where one of the retired adults, Sam, makes snacks for the kids and anyone else who happen to be around.

 

To me, this sums up true community.  Fountains of wisdom and healing spewed forth  from these words, on many different levels and I could probably write an entire book, simply on the ramifications of these three lines.

benefits of co-housing communityJust think about it, Sam, who is retired, has found a meaningful and important role in the community; one that he obviously enjoys.  Is Sam going to live a happier and healthier life as a result of this role?  I believe he is.  What about Tina and the other children?  Are they going to worry or experience disappointment that their parents are late home from work?  ….and the parents, they don’t have to worry either, because they know that the children will be fed and cared for in their absence, by people they trust.  Will their lives be less stressful?  You bet!  There’s also food available in the common house.  This factor alone eliminates so much time and stress for the parents, stuck in the traffic rush and ordinarily, also the checkout queues, having to buy  groceries on the way home, because they didn’t have the opportunity to shop last week.  In fact, they don’t even need to cook an evening meal if they don’t want to or don’t have time to, because there’s always an invitation to share meals in the common house.

This is just a five minute out-take, in an ordinary day in a co-housing community.  There’s considerably more to it than this, but very few people could offer a more rewarding five minutes from their own hectic days.

Natural Fibre EcoVillage plans to implement all of the features of co-housing, but to take it one stage further, with the inclusion of an employment opportunity in one of the community businesses.

This is community.  This is my response from now on when someone says to me ‘what’s so different about co-housing?’

global warming, melting ice capWill co-housing or EcoVillages stand the test of time?  The truth is, they probably won’t; simply because everything changes over time.  We live in a constant state of flux, responding to the challenges of life as they arise.  The polar ice caps are melting.  These are the planetary thermostats; they govern what the living conditions on Earth will be.  Unfortunately, we only see them through the sanitized, dramatized  and temporary window of television, to be watched and switched off at will.  Regardless of the effects that mankind is having on the environment, planetary temperature changes occur periodically and have previously caused large scale human and animal migration as conditions became untenable.  Conditions will change and mankind’s needs will change.  Perhaps he will evolve into a very different animal without the same psychological  need for community, even though at this time, such an eventuality is difficult to imagine.   I repeat then, no, co-housing will probably not stand the test of time and remain indefinitely, but there is sufficient evidence to suggest that co-housing is the salve and the solution to many of man’s present ailments and it is the present in which we should be living.  We do need nurturing and we are the only ones who can do it.  We can do it right now.