FINDHORN, IN NORTHERN Scotland, has been a pioneering eco-village since 1985. Now, a new investigation undertaken independently by the highly respected Stockholm Environment Institute into its ‘ecological footprint’ reveals it to be the lowest ever recorded for any community in the global north. Findhorn’s footprint covers a whisker over half of the UK national average (2.71 hectares compared to 5.4 hectares).

Three major factors explain this low footprint. Of greatest importance is the factor of communality – high levels of sharing and holding possessions in common. Most meals within the community ...


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