Ecovillages in Latin America and the Call for Planetary Resilience

with Alberto Ruz, Henny Freitas, and Thomas Enlazador

What if we did not depend on anyone to assert our own destiny and ensure that nature has its rights protected? Join three activists, change-makers and moving forces of CASA Latina to dive deeper into the activities and creativity of local communities and networks as they prepare for ECCO 2017 – a self-managed conference and Vision Council on the theme of Planetary Resilience. Learn what Latin American ecovillages are doing to address the crisis of representation in business, politics, unions and student circles, and how they bring local, indigenous and eco communities together to create a more resilient future.

19 September, 8 PM BST / 4 PM BRT – see you local time here

Alberto Ruz has been dedicated to the study, creation and promotion of the Culture of Peace and Resilience for more than 40 years. Alberto is a pioneer, veteran and historian of ecovillage movements and intentional bioregional communities. Co-founder of the Huehuecoyotl ecovillage in Tepoztlan, Mexico. Creator and co-coordinator of the Visions Council, Mexico (1990-2016). Founder and coordinator of the Caravan for the Rainbow for Peace, which covered 17 countries in Latin America between 1996-2009. Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation since 2002. Winner of the “Escola Viva” Award from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture (2007). Emeritus Advisor of the “Gaia University”, 2014-2016. Assessor of the Global Ecovillage Network – GEN (2009-2016). Coordinator of the 1st World Forum for the Rights of Mother Earth, Mexico City 2016.

Henny Freitas is a journalist, ecoactivist, permaculture and sociocracy facilitator, environmental educator. Co-founder, board member and communications coordinator at CASA Latina (Council of Sustainable Settlements of Latin-America). Master in Entrepreneurship (University of Buckingham, England). Co-founder of AWIRE (Multiethnic Alliance of Permaculture) and EarthCode Project (, which has investigated and documented over 200 intentional communities in Europe, Oceania and Latin American countries. Based on this research wrote the dissertation: “Is a Sustainable City Viable?”

Thomas Enlazador is a socioenvironmental activist with 20 years experience and holds a Master in Environmental Management Policy from the Prodema UFPE. He is a legal scientist focusing on legislation and environmental education. Articulator of social and environmental networks. Socio Founder of IBC- Institute Biorregional of Cerrado. He joined the organization of the World Social Forum and co-founder of the Peace Village in the Forums. He is a member of the national coordination of FBOMS – Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements for the Environment. Adviser to the Board of Sustainable Settlements of the Americas – HOME Creator of Ecocenter Bicho do Mato in Recife’s countryside. Works with Design and Social Permaculture and is Memver of the Environment Board at Alto Paraiso, Goias -Chapada do Veadeiros. Author of Almanac of sustainable Practices Almanac.

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