Creating a Sense of Place is an important and eloquent exploration of humanity’s limits to growth and addresses the problems arising from climate change, habitat destruction, population growth and resource depletion. This is not a book of theoretical ideas but an anthology of solutions, of experience, tried and tested, from experts all over the world. The designs and practices included in this book present a vision for the future, already tested out in ecovillages, sustainable communities and projects in many countries. These are practical low carbon solutions which provide significant improvements in the quality of life. By understanding the process of creating integrated ecological designs, we also make explicit the process of creating integrated social and economic systems. We reconnect with the true meaning of ecology that comes from the Greek word oikos, meaning ‘home’ or ‘a place to live’. Humanity’s greatest challenge is to ensure that planet Earth can support human life far into future centuries by not only adapting to climate change but also by mitigating it.
From the Foreword by Mark Richmond Director, Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development UNESCO Education Sector. Designing Ecological Habitats – Creating a Sense of Place is the third volume in Gaia Education’s Four Keys to Sustainable Community series