Together Resilient

Building Community in the Age of Climate Change Disruption


Together Resilient looks at the benefits of "Intentional Community" living - a kind of modern look at how we would set up a "commune" today. Don't let that put you off!!

Here the author looks at the benefits of living in communities, sharing resources and considering ways to live more happily whilst maintaining our modern living standards and privacy. This might involve separate living accommodation with shared community areas or separate housing. It may involve community energy production or community growing.

The pros and cons of various existing groups is considered, along with measuring their carbon foot prints. Interesting measurements include the carbon savings that could be has whilst eating together.

(It would be interesting to measure the carbon savings from our Bonar Bridge Food Stop events, run by the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust. Saving are made with only using one kitchen, larger pots, and even only warming one room. Or indeed, if we started sharing meals more again as is done in Italy, Spain and France, for instance.).

For Sutherland, we could reach for the stars and actually develop an area of eco housing with some levels of community living and sharing. Certainly, more quickly, some of us may wish to take on some aspects included in the book. Indeed, car and tool sharing is something that's already being considered.

No matter the level of community living that we may wish to consider, this book is a good read and will surely initiate some thoughts for living in a reduced carbon world.

The book is available in the Lairg Learning Centre Carbon Library.

Interesting Factoid: Bhutan is the only nation in the world with a negative carbon footprint!