'Permaculture seems to be an elegant way out of the impasse in which we are embroiled. With sober means and maximum efficiency, it has everything to seduce the builders of the future to enter a virtuous spiral'. --Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer, Miraculous Abundance, 2016
Eco Pax Mundi Agora seizes the opportunity that depopulated rural areas present to rethink human settlements in an intergenerational context. It transforms the oft-barren and eroded land common in these areas following the practice of industrial agriculture into thriving carbon-negative communities. Rekindling the spirit of the agora in Ancient Greece as a place where populations gathered for assembly, discussion and provision of basic needs, but now free of status- and gender-based discrimination, Eco Pax Mundi Agora regenerates the Earth and the local economy of municipalities with the establishment of agoras.
Agoras develop in four successive stages: from starting 'seed agora', through developing 'seedling agora', into self-sufficient 'ecosystem agora'. An agora is considered as fully of age, and thus called 'mature ecosystem agora', after 30 years of co-stewardship.
Agoras are set up by the co-stewards. Co-stewards are lifelong villagers and urban newcomers registered in a municipality member of Eco Pax Mundi Agora who receive training in regenerative organic farming and permaculture design, economic globalisation vs localisation and ecological ethics. With the establishment of an agora co-stewards provide seed, food and water security to the area. The low-tech training they receive further enables co-stewards to revive the economic and cultural life of the related municipality, thereby offering economic security to the area and restoring basic services including schools, medical surgeries and farmers' markets.
The ecoliteracy imparted upon the co-stewards further enables them to bring the developmental path of the agora, and that of the settlement to which the former belongs, in great ecocentrical sync with Mother Nature’s ways and needs. It is in this context that co-stewards understand the need to shrink the global carbon footprint. Against this backdrop, co-stewards cultivate sufficiency of needs, grasp the import of birth control and engage in rewilding endeavours, among other initiatives of the ecological agenda.
Eco Pax Mundi Agora works upon the basis of solidarity and therefore requires that each self-sufficient ecosystem agora passes on the co-stewardship experience to a neighbouring seed agora within the same bioregion. This inbuilt solidarity renders the network relatively self-sufficient with the need of little external funding and internal support vis-à-vis its high impact.
Co-stewards receive the economic and ethical training at the steering bioregional agoras. There is a steering bioregional agora in each bioregion which simultaneously serves as a framework for all the agoras that are set up in the vicinity.
Eco Pax Mundi Agora aims to start functioning in rural areas within the Tarragona province in Spain. It is conceived to be scaled up into inland Spain, and to further make inroads into rural and urban areas within the developed world, and finally into developing countries.
The vision inbuilt in Eco Pax Mundi Agora is in step with several goals of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the spirit of the Paris Climate Agreement, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) call for a climate-smart agriculture, and the statements in the Asilomar Declaration for Sustainable Agriculture.
Eco Pax Mundi Agora
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