Good news from Portugal where Lizzie and Tony, together with many others, for the last nine years have been working on their vision of the Vale das Lobas eco village. Full permission has now been granted for renovating the 17th century manor house into a Nature Spa Hotel, build an artisan village, convert the mill into a restaurant, and for a camping park.
It is nine years to the day that we received this massive vision, and it is my pleasure to be able to inform you that one phase of this task is now successfully completed and Vale das Lobas/Korashan is on the verge of a completely new dawn. All the structures, including planning permissions, that are required to legally build the village have now been secured. In other words, we are good to go!
Get in touch with them if you want to visit them in Sobral Pichorro or want to know how you could be part of this amazing project.
Years ago I spoke with the wonderful philosopher and writer Kathleen Dean Moore about why calling the earth our mother is not always helpful.
“I think the whole ‘love your mother’ metaphor is just wishful thinking. Mothers can usually be counted on to clean up after their children. They are warm-hearted and forgiving: mothers will follow crying children to their rooms and stroke their hair, even if the child’s sorrow is shame at his treatment of his mother. It’s nice to think the Earth is a mother who will come after us and clean up the mess and protect us from our mistakes, and then forgive us the monstrous betrayal. But even mothers can be worn out and used up. And then what happens to her children?”
Ecotribe has had a Bitcoin address for a while, but we haven’t really made much publicity for it. As of now, it isn’t clear (or at least not to me, Dimi) what Ecotribe is, will be or strives to be. So it isn’t clear what the Bitcoin you donate would be used for. I just made a donation to Riseup for 0.09444712 BTC because we are using their e-mail servers. So I cannot tell you what it will be used for if you should decide to donate Bitcoin to Ecotribe, but here is nonetheless our Bitcoin address: 19XkheGBdpRfWAqm36jhghgoYDoBdq5mZF
What are some of these possibilities and how can we live them? What could it mean to be an anarchist, an environmentalist, when global revolution and world-wide social/eco sustainability are not the aim? What objectives, what plans, what lives, what adventures are there when the illusions are set aside and we walk into the world not disabled by disillusionment but unburdened by it?