Prosperous and Green: Life in an Ecovillage | Declan Kennedy

Declan Kennedy is one of the early founders of the Global Ecovillage Network, empowering communities to grow in harmony with nature. (25m 41s)

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What is an Ecovillage?

“An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community that is consciously designed through locally owned participatory processes in all four dimensions of sustainability (social, culture, ecology and economy) to regenerate social and natural environments.”

The Impact of Ecovillages

Where Ecovillages are making a difference relative to UN Sustainable Development Goals?


  • 100% provide education and lifelong learning opportunities in the fields of sustainable development, regenerative lifestyles and climate change adaptation

Gender Equality

  • 90% have more than 40% women in decision-making bodies

Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • 100% actively safeguard regenerative local cultural traditions using local sustainable ways of building, farming and preparing food

Responsible Consumption and Production

  • 90% recycle, reuse and repair more than 50% of consumer goods
  • 85% compost all their food waste

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

  • 100% provide education in decision-making and mutual empowerment skills
  • 96% provide training in nonviolent conflict resolution, and 80% have an agreed upon method for resolving conflicts

Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, and Life on Land

  • 97% of showcase Ecovillages work actively to restore degraded ecosystems
  • 90% work actively to sequester carbon in soil and biomass
  • 97% actively work to restore or replenish sources and cycles of water

A Life Shaped by Permaculture by Peter Krause, a biography of Declan Kennedy

A Loving Uni-Verse, poems by Declan Kennedy