Four years ago, I was finishing my Environmental Studies degree and trying to decide what to do next. I’d learned in great detail about the world’s problems, and I was struggling with some serious eco-despair. I decided to take a PDC for credit toward my degree at O.U.R. Ecovillage in British Columbia. For me, this was a transformative experience immersed in nature and community. I emerged with a different perspective on the challenges ahead: one that saw the possibility that by designing systems with observation and intention, humans could meet our needs while regenerating ecosystems rather than destroying them. Developing relationships with people working on inspiring, solution-oriented projects instilled in me a new motivation.

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