Ecotopia: by Earnest Callenbach
Ecotopia is my favourite vision of a future we can work toward; a positive vision of the future.
This is the story of William Western a reporter from New York sent to spend six weeks in Ecotopia. The country made when the states of California to Oregon succeeded from the USA twenty years earlier.
The book takes the form of Weston’s notebook and commentary. I enjoyed the surprise ending.
This book is a thought experiment showing that men and women can live well in a steady state economy. The way of life is attractive: we have time to create and study; we have space to grow and explore; and society supports connections between men and women and a life well lived.
The society here is completely different from our neo-liberal world with scarcity and competition the norm; rather, in this world, healthy enterprise and cooperation within the limits of the physical limits lead to a much healthier and resilient society.
I enjoyed this book and encourage you to read it. It is full of fun and wonderfully intriguing ideas, and a love story. And it gives an idea of how living a sustainable life would be a great way to live.
Please read this book, it is a wonderful story with mind expanding ideas; and we can hope and work toward this vision.