ClimateSafe Villages FAQ of Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated 2.9.24.

Welcome to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) for all four models of the ClimateSafe Villages (CSV). (If you have any questions about climate change, click this climate change FAQ link for those kinds of answers.)

For general questions about ClimateSafe Villages, click here to the guide table of contents page for all topic sections in our online 6-page ClimateSafe Village Overview Guide. It will lead you to the answers to many questions not covered in the additional ClimateSave Villages FAQ below.

Our ClimateSafe Villages (CSV) Questions and Answers FAQ

Welcome to the ClimateSafe Villages FAQs. Because joining such a “village” would be a major life commitment, many people will have many different types of questions. Over time, this website section will expand and evolve and attempt to collect most of those questions.

Because there will be so many questions, they are divided into topics. When you see a topic in which you are interested, click that link, and it will take you to a list of questions relating to that topic. (To find the appropriate topic, you can also skim through or use the cmd-F [Mac key] or ctl-F [PC key]).

Here are the currently available ClimateSafe Villages TOPICS: (This FAQ is still under construction. but it has many answers.)

If you do not see an answer to your ClimateSafe Village question in our FAQ, email your query to ([email protected]). Put ClimateSafe Village Question in the subject line.

ClimateSafe Villages – General Questions

  • What questions should I ask when considering joining a ClimateSafe Village (CSV) model or location?
  • Reproductive freedom
  • Who is the audience for the JobOne website?
  • Who is the audience for the ClimateSafe Villages?
  • Will ClimateSafe Villages be self-sufficient?
  • How should ClimateSafe Villages deal with rival organizations who try to adopt our model?
  • Do you have a discussion forum exclusively for CSV?
  • Do we see ourselves as trying to create a utopia?
  • Who is the driving force behind the ClimateSafe Villages movement and the growth of new ClimateSafe Villages?
  • How long does it take to become climate change resilient in an urban or rural community?
  • CSV is not-for-profit. It does not get involved in for-profit investment schemes. It warns members against using other CSV members for personal profit. But Why?
  • Survival of the most cooperative versus survival of the fittest.

 

What questions should I ask when considering joining a ClimateSafe Village model or location?

The Bellingham, Washington, new CSV headquarters member application process found here is particularly applicable to use in reverse to help you determine if you want to join a specific ClimateSafe Village or any eco-community. Before joining any CSV model anywhere in the world, we strongly recommend you use the applicable member application questions found here to interview the lead coordinator and leader(s) of that community to find out how well and how much they have screened their current members for potential problems or issues. The quality of individuals living cooperatively in any community will be a major factor in that community's long-term survival.

You could also use the CSV frequently asked questions list or the critical topics in our online guide table of contents to ask how that village will or is handling the issues you are most concerned about because every village is slightly different in how it runs itself. It may or may not follow some of the values, principles, and actions of the Bellingham headquarters CSV.

It is entirely in your hands to do your own complete, detailed, and proper due diligence when investigating any CSV model or community location as a possible place to join or relocate. Treat this evaluation process as one of the most important decisions you will ever make because as climate change and other factors worsen, it may well be.


An area of questioning you also will want to pursue is understanding the current resource level and or reserves of any community in relationship to what its plans are for the future and its promises of what it wants to deliver to its members.


If you find the key people in any community are unwilling to answer your questions openly and transparently, that is not a good sign. There is an old proverb that particularly stands true when it comes to investigating any new community you are thinking about joining during the climate change emergency. "True sincerity, never minds scrutiny."

Reproductive freedom

The concept of “reproductive freedom” is important. It is the goal of all ClimateSafe Villages to honor reproductive freedom for all. This covers a lot of concerns, but women should never be forced to have children at any age. The decision of a woman to have an abortion is considered a citizen’s right. HOWEVER, because the population collapse is coming, and “overpopulation” is acknowledged to be a major cause, the concept of “reproductive freedom” isn’t so simple. In fact, the approach that our new vision of Personalized Democracy suggests is that every community would establish a “community size goal”. This is NOT “the collective view of the community.” It is essentially a scientific “climate footprint” calculation. The community must come to an agreement on how that goal is to be achieved that respects the 10 Principles of Personalized Democracy. For example, setting a “rule” of “2 children per family” is much too simplistic. For example, if one couple chooses to have zero children, another might have 4. This is decided through a major analytical process of the entire community.

 

Who is the audience for the JobOne website?

Our website was not intended or designed for individuals under 13 years old. We believe that the grave nature of some of the climate change extinction emergency information on our website is not suitable for children under 13 years old. We believe that children under 13 should not have to deal with “extinction-level” climate change issues. This adult and young adult information would only disturb the peace and happiness normal and natural to their childhood with no obvious benefits. That said, read the question related to climate education.

 

Who is the audience for the ClimateSafe Villages?

The program does not discriminate against anyone based on race, age, sex, sexuality, income, financial-worth, profession, handicaps, or educational status. While the general criteria will be attractive to intellectuals and those with higher educational levels. The entry requirements are primarily the ability to understand and live up to the provisions of each community’s social contract, and physical environment. 

Handicapped or disabled people, for example, will not be refused access, as long as they have the finances to support any equipment then need and can live comfortably with the medical facilities the community has access to.

In addition to the above, our main ClimateSafe Villages audience are individuals who:

1. Know climate change is real.

2. Know climate change is far worse than our governments and the media are telling us.

3. Want to protect their families and businesses from the many escalating climate change consequences until our governments finally fix climate change.

5. Want to do something to stop climate change from getting worse within their zones of control ad resources.

 

Will ClimateSafe Villages be completely self-sufficient?

No. It is impossible, especially over periods longer than a 6-12 months. They will be designed for shorter to medium term resilience, and minimum reliance on external support, but will also strive for a higher than “subsistence” quality of life that can’t be self-sustained by any community indefinitely without some external support.

For example, contact with the outside world would not be stopped. That means, access to modern communications. Most people, of any age, will be subject to medical problems which require pharmaceuticals from pain relievers (Tylenol) to heart medications (Lisinopril). The community could never produce those. Even just addressing food, any “reasonable” spice cabinet cannot be maintained without outside replenishment. Coffee and tea, for example, don’t grow well in aquaponics for northern hemisphere conditions. Producing salt is too difficult for most locations.

Communications are first encouraged with other ClimateSafe Villages through the Internet. But eventually, all replenishment channels will be needed.

 

How should ClimateSafe Villages deal with rival organizations who try to adopt our model?

We will support them! The ClimateSafe Villages program is NOT a competitive program. It is being done to “SURVIVE” the coming climate change-driven catastrophic collapse of the human population and global civilization. Anyone who adopts our model is helping everyone, including us.

 

Do you have a discussion forum exclusively for CSV?

We now have setup a forum communication and project tool called BaseCamp. It is open to individuals actively helping to create this CSV community model. It is now available.  Email [email protected] for access to this private forum.

 

Do we see ourselves as trying to create a utopia?

There are critical semantic advantages in avoiding using the term utopia when discussing the CSV Vision. The word utopia is linked to a long historical chain of failures by individuals trying to create a utopia. There's hardly a discussion about utopias without it being followed by a discussion of how they failed. 

The farther we stay away from referring to ourselves as building a Utopia, the better and more honest we will be in the sense of being realistic, practical, and having a good understanding of the term's history.

The original CSV vision was never seeking utopia-like perfection, but only to create a truly cooperative community with high levels of evolutionary preparedness, adaptability, and resilience to survive better the challenging and ever-changing conditions in front of us.

Additionally, CSVs are not trying to create a utopia, but we are doing something urgently needed.

While we do not see ourselves working to create a rigid utopia-like structure, nor do we use utopia language, many of us do see ourselves as experimenting visionaries, aka Evolutioneers.

In addition to our goals of building climate resilience through preparation and adaptation and ending the climate emergency through promoting immediate government climate action, CSVs have other potential goals besides promoting their members' long-term safety, security, and overall well-being.  

Some CSVs, like the new CSV Bellingham headquarters, will, by member choice, also be working on discovering and testing new possibilities for better models for our social, economic, political, and religious systems and interactions. They will be engaged in designing, testing, and proving new evolutionary iterations for those systems. 

They will do this so that after the widespread global collapse driven by the primary and secondary consequences of climate change, there will be better solutions and proven examples available for future generations. We believe that because of the horrendous shared post global collapse trauma, new generations will be more open to new solutions for sustainably living together.

The preceding means that individuals participating in CSVs are far more than survivalists or progressive preppers with a detailed knowledge of climate change consequence timeframes. They also can be by choice, future activists and Evolutioneers working to create a more sustainable, just, and equitable future for ALL of humanity despite, the worsening global crises we all now face.

 

Who is the driving force behind the ClimateSafe Villages movement and the growth of new ClimateSafe Villages?

It is you. It is not the CSV staff, team members, or volunteers! And, it will always be you. 

Please do not wait for anyone else to lead you in getting what you need to be done to protect yourself, your family, and your business, as we are a leaderless movement. All we have is willing and wise collaborators and cooperators sharing knowledge and efforts.

If you want to get something done on creating a ClimateSafe Village or preparing for what is coming, do it! You never need anyone's permission to do good in the world.

Be the lead coordinator and let other cooperators gather around you with similar circumstances and interests.

While there is no need to panic, we are running out of time before we cross critical climate change tipping points (from 2025-2031.) Things will get much worse during that 2025-2031 period, far faster than they can be prepared for or adapted to. Additionally, once things get far worse and many more people finally recognize we are in an accelerating climate change emergency, many of the critical supplies you will desperately need will be unavailable or unaffordable.

All this only means what it has always meant in every area of your life. 

You are the driving force behind the ClimateSafe Villages movement and the growth of new ClimateSafe Villages.

Please select and start your first CSV-related project. Other wise collaborators with similar circumstances and interests are already looking for you.

 

How long does it take to become climate change resilient in an urban or rural CSV community?

In general, if you are working part-time on the necessary emergency preparations and adaptations (described on this preparation page and this adaptation page), it will take 2 to 3 years to make your home or business in an urban CSV climate change-resilient. If you are building a rural CSV, you could easily be looking at 3 to 5 years. 

If you do it full-time, it will be quicker. Many things, like using permaculture to build high-quality food-growing soil, will still take several years to complete.

Construction companies are extremely busy dealing with the housing shortage and repairing climate change damage. Many of them will put you on a waiting list for up to six months or even a year or longer before they even start your remodeling, upgrading, or construction project.

What these additional long build-out times mean is that there is a real urgency to get started on your emergency preparations and adaptations today because after we cross critical climate change tipping points from 2025-2031, things will get much worse very fast. They also will continue to worsen from 203o to about 2050, which also means emergency and adaptation supplies will steadily be harder to get. And their costs will continually rise far faster than other commodities. 

One last qualifying factor, how long you will be able to stay in any CSV model, will always and ultimately be determined by your location, location location. "Location IS destiny," as Napoleon said.
You can temporarily make your home, business, or urban CSV more climate change resilient to survive longer as things get worse, but there will be a point if you are in a very high-risk area, like Phoenix, Arizona; eventually, the primary and secondary climate change consequences will become so dire you will have to migrate to survive. Please do not neglect to consider your current location or whether it is a larger urban area in planning for how much time you have left to become climate change resilient or to move to a new place and become climate change resilient there.

This time-sensitive issue does not mean you should ever panic. You have adequate preparation and adaptation time before the worst consequences occur. This time-sensitive issue only means get busy today while you also "Keep calm and carry on."

 

CSV is not-for-profit. It does not get involved in for-profit investment schemes. It warns members against using other CSV members for personal profit. But Why?

We are facing many challenges in building healthy, sustainable communities that can make it through the hardships of the climate emergency and other likely stressors. For a community to survive what is in front of us, there must be trust and cooperation. 
Profit and investment schemes proposed by individuals within or new to the community using other members for potential personal profit are not conducive to long-term community trust building and cooperation. Additionally, Investment schemes often fail and are notorious for ethical problems in many cases. 

These often failed outcomes produce many conflicts. Using other members for personal profiteering in investing or developing a CSV could also eventually produce hard feelings. 
Anything that ClimateSafe Village does financially is exclusively for the community's and its members' well-being. Its financial records are 100% transparent and available for inspection by any member. Any profit a CSV community might make collectively as a CSV is 100% controlled and managed by the members for the exclusive benefit of the members and not for the exclusive financial benefit of any individual member.
Yes, we will soon have paid staff working for the community's benefit. Staff salaries will be transparent and at market value for all to see. 
We also have developed policies to ensure that anything the group provides or allocates financially goes exclusively for the community's well-being. Here are just two policies to help ensure the community is always working for the community's good.
  • The community provides full administrative transparency for all legal and other administrative records (except for personnel file sections, which we have agreed to keep confidential.)
  • Because finances are an area where many communities run into trouble, we provide administrative transparency for all community financial records and maintain a three-person signoff and approval system for all disbursements or purchases over an amount agreed to by the community. This three-person signoff finance integrity system will go a long way to help prevent incorrect, incomplete, or inaccurate community financial records and other types of mistakes, fraud, or embezzlement. 
Trying to profit on other members in the crisis we are in is never appropriate in our organization. This also means:
1. Do not buy extra land to sell to other members at a profit.
2. Do not use shared community resources for exclusive personal profit.
3. Do not use our name in any way if you are developing a seperate community by offering investments, selling, or leasing the land parcels at a profit.
You can develop any community you want. Science supports creating many community experiments. These multiple experimental communities best guarantee that some community mutations will survive.
You are always free to use any information you find on our website to help build your for-profit seperate community because:
a. we are trying to create a new model that will be shared and experimented upon widely. 
b. it is the right thing to do in the escalating climate emergency, and 
c. we want something of humanity to survive and inherit a better world.  
If we find out you are promoting some for-profit investment scheme or for-profit land buy-in, etc, on any of our websites or forums, we will ask you to stop immediately. We will link you to this policy and notify our members that your actions are not the CSV vision. 

We will inform them that it violates our community-building principle, "that to maintain the essential cooperation and trust our community and its members never seek to profit personally from other members if it involves community property, actions or transactions.
This personal profit financial policy does not inhibit any group of individuals from getting together and creating a homeowners association, an Agrihood, a co-op, or a limited liability corporation to collectively buy land and build a community as long as every legal and financial transaction is 100% transparent to every member. Additionally, no member of that group, no matter how much they're contributing, can seek or obtain an individual profit amount in any transaction that is a different amount from any other member. 
There's another important reason we want you to refrain from using other members as profit centers. Many of the biggest problems we face today are because of our "always more, endless growth" profit-driven economic systems that create excess wealth, extreme poverty, and other financial or market distortions that destroy our environment.
CSVs will have to find a better economic system based on fair exchange that also honors the well-being of the community and the environment while simultaneously caring for the well-being of every individual community member. That is not what is happening in the world today.
If we get involved with members making profits on other members by selling them land, selling them investment schemes to buy land, or using community land for individual profiteering, we are continuing the same economic systems that are so out of balance. There has to be some community level of function that is only driven by community well-being and not personal profit!
In conclusion, you have every right to create any community you want. There are organizations out there that are already trying to develop climate-resilient communities as real estate developers. They are working to make a profit, and everybody knows it, but that is not what we are. 
In the long run, our CSV survivability will depend upon the trust, cooperation, and healthy and balanced values we build. 
If you have a different community vision and want to build your community vision on private profit, we sincerely wish you well in your endeavor. We absolutely need lots of climate-resilient communities existing worldwide if humanity is going to survive, thrive, and create a better world from mistakes and the lessons learned.

Finally, because of US nonprofit regulations, you may not use our BaseCamp team-building group software to propose or create a for-profit climate-resilient community. You also may not use our forum to recruit people into your for-profit venture. In the US, nonprofit regulations are very strict. Nonprofit resources cannot be used for for-profit ventures unless those for-profit ventures are set up with separate bookkeeping or as seperate legal entities by the nonprofit itself. Then, the nonprofit itself must file a tax return and pay taxes on those for-profit operations.

These strict US nonprofit laws mean that if we discover you are promoting for-profit investments, products, etc., for your personal profit on our website or in our forms, we will have to remove that content permanently, and if the for-profit activities are repeated, we will have to block any individual doing so.

As mentioned above, because of US nonprofit regulations, we are literally forced to police our website and forum to ensure its resources are not being used for for-profit operations. If you think about it, that's why they call nonprofits, nonprofits.

Survival of the most cooperative vs survival of the fittest

One of the things that's least understood about the CSV vision, notably the Bellingham headquarters, is that the more accurate evolutionary concept for long-term survival is "survival of the most cooperative and the most reciprocating."

Survival of the fittest is an old evolutionary perspective. While valid at a smaller scale, survival of the fittest has only limited applicability when facing widespread global climate change catastrophe and global collapse the CSV communities will face.

Recently, at Job One For Humanity, we had to do our annual update and forecast for future climate change conditions. We once again had to face the climate change emergency not being honestly addressed or fixed by our governments. We also had to face that once humanity had crossed the carbon 425 ppm threshold (which occurred on February 3, 2024), climate consequences would worsen dramatically and continue worsening. 

This update forced us to re-examine certain assumptions that the projected Bellingham community (about 150 people to 500 people) would have enough community members to provide adequate security for at least 20 to 30 years. Based on Job One for Humanity's newest climate conditions and forecasts worsening faster than they had predicted, we no longer believe that 150-500 people is a large enough community to survive even the next 30 years, much less than 50 or more.

We now firmly believe that we must eventually create a greater Bellingham climate-resilient community of thousands of people to establish a more adequate, secure, and safe zone during the worst phases of the climate change emergency occurring 20-40 years from now. The Bellingham CSV must make it through the coming primary and secondary climate change consequences described here.

Making sure Bellingham expands into many local communities will be part of my (Lawrence Wollersheim's) long-term, top recruiting goals when I return to Bellingham with my wife. We will first establish the local rural CSV and then reach out to the many residents in the Bellingham area to join us. From there, we will continue reaching out to other surrounding communities, helping them become climate resilient.

The rural Bellingham community will and must be well integrated with the Bellingham urban and the greater Bellingham local communities. Over time, it will become heavily involved in helping the local Bellingham communities build all the necessary levels of climate resilience, including managing climate refugees and building surpluses. (Click here to see what building local community climate change resilience-building process looks like.)

The Bellingham leadership from the multiple organizations that will be headquartered there will focus on and provide a persistent driving force for continually expanding reciprocal cooperation and collaboration to greater and greater numbers of communities in the Bellingham area and never stop that process. Eventually, we must aim to encompass cooperation and collaboration on climate resiliency issues within the whole state of Washington.

The reason why Bellingham and other CSV communities must adopt this "survival of the most cooperative" procedure is that unless they create larger and larger circles of cooperation and reciprocality, no matter how well their smaller local community is prepared, it will not likely survive long-term (30 to 50+ years or more.) 

This detailed description of what's coming is so powerful and intense that only having a large number of cooperating and collaborating individuals and communities who are highly climate resilient will give that area the highest probability of long-term survival. Single small communities will simply be unable to survive the continual onslaught of the many consequences described on this page.

When we first looked at the Bellingham location, we estimated that it could survive 20 or 30 years as a single, isolated, and well-prepared community. Afterward, we realized that only by taking our climate-resilient skill set out to cooperate and collaborate with more and more outside local communities could we build something that would last 30- 50 years and beyond.

With the cooperation, defensibility, and reciprocation that is possible with many communities or even a whole state-linked together to solve the challenges we will be facing, the probability and likelihood of the CSV community's long-term survival are increased exponentially beyond any isolated CSV community.

Suppose you're joining or creating a CSV community and want your group to survive 50 years or longer. In that case, you must ensure that you have a group of persistent, dedicated people inside that community dedicated to expanding cooperation, collaboration, and reciprocality with outside nearby communities to build mutual climate resilience and prepare for what's coming. Otherwise, no matter how isolated you are, sooner or later, your small community will be overrun or robbed, and you too will become a migrant yourself, whether it's to your second bug-out location or something else.

With the leadership of the various organizations to be headquartered there, the Bellingham CSV will have that survival-critical, complete dedication, understanding, and commitment to expanding climate resilience cooperation with more and more surrounding communities until, ideally, the whole state of Washington becomes the US's first climate resilient state. That is the type of perspective and action plan it will take to survive the unprecedented intensity of the many accelerating problems we now face.

One last thing: when we talk about cooperation and collaboration, we are talking about wise cooperation, which includes, at some point, reciprocality in some form. If you cooperate unwisely, you will be drained of all your resources and you will not survive well.

 

 

Education

At what age do we start speaking about climate change to young children? They already practice gun drills.

Current society raises this question because they are too narrow minded and lazy to learn and understand its complexity. As with sex education, all “rational” and “science-based” programs for climate education are geared for each child’s age and personal maturity. That is, it has long been known that children get curious about climate issues in stages. So programs are carefully designed to provide only the material that is appropriate to adequately address a child’s questions. This is determined by asking the child questions. There are many resources on the website that provide rational adults all the information they need to answer any child’s questions. And they will have questions because the issues are all around them. In general, children under 13 should not be given the serious adult level facts of the climate change emergency.

 

Effort Sharing

Is it possible for ClimateSafe Villages hubs to share labor?

ClimateSafe Villages are economic units in their own right.  Working out some kind of inter-community and community work or product exchange system is still in the developmental stages. (2023)

Can eco-communities support registered members in nearby cities or towns who are running their own local network in conjunction with local government 

Absolutely. It is highly probable that the rural or surbaban communities Will develop local members who are not living in the eco-community compound./span>

 

Property Sharing – material goods

Is property sharing common in a village?

To reduce expensive and unnecessary redundencies, sharing of material property between individuals is strongly encouraged. To facilitate this, each village should have a “property management group”. They would coordinate the effort using an “online” program. It would list all the items available, where the items currently are, and any notes related to their use. To show the range of such property, here are a few examples.

Distributed Library: Rather than a central “library” that is large enough for a huge book collection, the “village book collection” would be distributed to all member homes. An “online book catalog” tracks and shows the status of all village books.

Village trucks: A pickup truck sure comes in handy for “odd jobs”. But, for many people, it is not used often enough to be affordable. The village would have specialized vehicles for “general use”. Unlike “rental car” businesses, a village member who expects a possible need for such a vehicle would register with the village program. That means, there is no need to go through all the paperwork every time the vehicle is used. It would be as easy to use a truck as it is to get a book. 

Each village should also have a “maintenance center”. This is a centralized location that stores items not being “remotely stored”, or items brought in for repair. Village members, who are handy with repairs, can provide repair efforts, in return for village “credits”.

External to the village

Sharing of material property between villages is encouraged. This is encouraged particularly for items that are very costly and not frequently used. An example might be an audio system for a major holiday party. This type of property would be coordinated just like the local use property by a working relationship between “property management groups” in each village.

 

Real estate ownership 

How is real estate managed in ClimateSafe Villages?

The answer is, each village would establish its own system based on the constraint of its size, location, and social structure.

For example, members in a “virtual village” manage housing on their own according to the customs of their location. Members in an “urban village” can manage real estate all the way from having “independent” dwellings to living in high-rise buildings owned collectively by the residents. Even in rural villages, ownership can vary from being totally independent to totally communal.

 

Spirituality and Religion within the ClimateSafe Villages

Can a ClimateSafe Village have a religious or spiritual group orientation?

Each separate ClimateSafe Village will have its own social structure. They may use or reject as many of our design recommendations as they feel fit or as are applicable to their local conditions. If they want to have some religious affiliation that is their choice. That being said, ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham in Bellingham Washington will be closely associated with the philosophy expressed at Universe Spirit

The important thing to realize here is that ClimateSafe Villages without deep philosophical or spiritual unity will not have the same level of resilience needed to make it through an increasing number of catastrophes. Religion or personal spirituality are a part of many individuals' lives who will be a part of our communities. Even though each ClimateSafe Villages will set its policies for how it will deal with its members' different religious and spiritual practices, we do have some suggestions and recommendations.

 

 

1. Unfortunately, many beliefs and practices in today's religions harm or impede the creation of a sustainable, just, and equitable world for ALL. Therefore, self-selecting religious members within the four eco-community models should continually explore how to include the safe and healthy values and ideas of existing religions for their personal or eco-community use while also transcending the no longer applicable, unjust, or unworkable religious practices, values, and beliefs from humanity's vast spiritual heritage.

2. Allow any individual of any religious denomination to join any model of our eco-communities. Likewise, any humanist, agnostic, or atheist may join the eco-community. But, if their current religious or spiritual behaviors and actions strongly conflict with the values of your eco-community model, it will not work out well. For example, if a potential member's religion is intolerant, authoritarian, or "is the only true religion" or requires them to recruit and preach to others aggressively, the four eco-community models will not be a good fit. 

3. While there are many dangers in forming an eco-community around a particular religious or spiritual belief system, there is one crucial benefit if the religious or spiritual belief system is healthy and non-coercive. As things get worse in the outside macro-culture, members within the eco-community will witness unthinkable suffering and death. A healthy faith can provide deep value roots that will give additional psychological and emotional resilience that will be dearly needed to survive. 

4. If an individual's spiritual practice is found on the third or fourth level defined by Fowler's Four Levels of Faith, they will most likely be very comfortable within our eco-community models. (Click here to learn about Fowler's third and fourth religious and spiritual development levels.)

5. Educate every community member about actions of members or community managers that could harm individuals or the community by introducing or using these manipulative and harmful religious or spiritual practices within the community. We also proactivelyeducate our members about the long-established principles of healthy spiritual practices,which apply to all religions and spiritual practices.

6. Small communities with religious or spiritual affiliations frequently adopt one or more destructive cultish behaviors. To safeguard against this, educate every community member about actions of members or community managers that could harm individuals or the community by having all members understand these fundamental tactics of destructive cults

7. Furthermore, while the ClimateSafe Village models will protect an individual's right to have opinions and beliefs about anything, spiritual or otherwise and without interference, behaviors springing from those opinions or beliefs are entirely subject to community examination and limitation.

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Social Composition

Are relatives and friends allowed to visit communities or give notification and how long can they stay? 

Yes of course visit providing they respect the community values while they are there. Each community will work out its own rules and processes for how this should happen./p>

 

Social Practices

Guns - individuals

Individuals will be allowed to own, possess, and use guns.

These functions must adhere to the “limitation” rules of the surrounding communities.

However, every gun must be declared for one or more specific uses and only used for those purposes. The uses allowed are: hunting, target shooting, work related purposes (i.e. security guards or police), and historical display. No form of modern “military assault weapon” is allowed All gun owners will be required to have taken a gun safety course and store their weapons under lock and key.

It is possible, as the outside world worsens, that communities may adopt additional gun management policies. But these would only be considered in “community” forms.

 

Village Locations

What is the ClimateSafe Village position on safe village locations?

We provide the most accurate, and comprehensive scientific truth we have found. 

No place on earth is completely 100% safe from the many consequences of accelerating climate change and global warming. But there are places that will be safer and safer longer from many of the global warming consequences. With our additional adaptation strategies to make these ClimateSafe Villages climate change safer, (high wind resistant, fire, flood, rain bomb resistant, and drought resistant, energy and water independent, etc.), thus more resilient and more sustainable, and they will be climate-safer places longer, but not climate-safe places.

Where are the better regions or places to set up ClimateSafe Villages.

This is covered in great detail in the Members-Only section of our website at Job one. There is a ton of material there far too much to include in the 6 page overview.

 

Village Process Issues

Registration Forms

Instead of just a loose email reply, would it not be better to have registration forms: One about expression of general interest. One about wanting to join an actual ClimateSafe Village as defined... and one about making donations in money or goods but NOT joining a community (they support the idea and are doing their own thing)…. 

To view the preliminary application forms for each of the four different models of ClimateSafe Villages (the urban variation, the rural variation, the hybrid variation, and the virtual variation,) click here and look at the very end of each description. To view the application forms for the ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham in Bellingham Washington, USA, click here.

Funding Village formation

Each ClimateSafe Village creates and does its own funding as they are separate legal entities. Although Job One for Humanity is a rare volunteer only organization and we have no paid staff currently, at some point we realize we are going to have to use some of the funds we raise for ClimateSafe Villages to hire some critical staff to help create our closely connected ClimateSafe Villages worldwide network.)

Publicity

Each ClimateSafe Village sets up and enlist a publicity group, videos, flyers, pamphlets, etc... or uses money to hire publicity people such as Fivver… 

Village Naming and branding Formats

Anyone can name their independent eco-communities anything they like. If your eco-community closely follows the ClimateSafe Villages guidelines and policies, you may (with our written permission) be able to use our name like this, ClimateSafe Villages Berlin, ClimateSafe Villages Melbourne, etc. 

 

Village Process History

ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham

This is designed to be the premier or flagship eco-community for the ClimateSafe Villages project. The “lead coordinator” for the effort is Lawrence Wollersheim. 

The ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham eco-community will also be the headquarters for ClimateSafe Villages, Job One, the Universe Institute, the Universe College and Universe Spirit. Click here for more information about the ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham Village.

There are individuals associated with those organizations and that essential work for the future who may move to the ClimateSafe Villages community because it includes those things and hopefully it will also become a leadership source for the other ClimateSafe Villages in the affiliation.

ClimateSafe Villages community – Social Contract

Here is the ClimateSafe Villages basic and evolving social contract.  

What is the connection with Universe Spirit

Universe Spirit is the name of the other organization that has been contributing to the pre-ClimateSafe Villages eco-community project for years.

 

Village Scope

Does the ClimateSafe Village project have society at large in mind or is it about those who are already tuned into climate matters by and large?

Our initial audience will be progressives who already understand or feel the need for such a climate change emergency aware community to exist because of worsening climate change and other global issues. Because of the shortness of preparation time we will only involve those with strong and aligned in motivation. Once the communities are established and running well each community can decide on its outreach actions to the larger community.

Village Expansion

At some point we are going to reach out to the other 1200 intentional communities and 10,000 eco-villages around the world and either ask them for their input or offer our model for however they want to use it. If some small portion of humanity is going to survive, we need to encourage as many people as possible to set up these ClimateSafe Villages-like eco-communities either in close unity with us or as independent experiments using whatever they can for my models.

The ClimateSafe Villages Roll-out process

The roll out process for each ClimateSafe Villages model is described on this page at the end of each model description. The roll out process for the ClimateSafe Villages is described on this page.

ClimateSafe Villages will work with those willing to help get ClimateSafe Village in Bellingham, Washington, running first. By studying other successful and unsuccessful intentional communities, we discovered that it's best to start from scratch if you're trying to build a model eco-community. Intentional communities that try to evolve in major ways once they are going and have established a culture do not have a high success record.)

 

Village Types

How many types of village are there?

Click here for a description of all four ClimateSafe Villages models.

Community inclusivity

Click here for a description of our social values.

Details of farming methods

Our farming and garden specifications are still evolving as we research recent breakthrough in these areas.

Everything we do in this area will have a side effect, some of those will be negative. The key is to minimize the negative side effects and maximize the good. The carbon emissions from organic gardening and Permaculture are minimal compared to the carbon emissions of big agribusiness.

We have to move the human food supply away from big agribusiness, which will crash under the weight of extreme climate conditions. The key here is to minimize our carbon footprint by wise gardening and farming, which will be essential to our survival.

 

About ClimateSafe Villages Legal Status

During the process in which ClimateSave Villages obtains its initial board of directors and gets its final letter of determination of nonprofit status from the United States Internal Revenue Service, ClimateSafe Villages is being overseen as a separate project wholly within the nonprofit organization Factnet Inc., and its subsidiary Job One for Humanity. However, once ClimateSafe Villages obtains this IRS final determination letter of nonprofit status, it will be legally separated from Factnet Job One for Humanity and Factnet. It will then operate as a distinct nonprofit corporation with its own board of directors. Factnet is a US tax-deductible 30-year-old, IRS-recognized 501c(3), not-for-profit organization. 

Sharing Information

Keep in mind, it is our organizing hope that all independent and ClimateSafe Villages communities will stay in close touch and be a part of our virtual ClimateSafe Villages community. It is important for the ClimateSafe Villages related experiments all over the world to share their successes and failures to expedite the growth process of every ClimateSafe village.

Click here for our ClimateSafe Village online guide table of contents.

 

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit ClimateSafe Villages (CSV) organization by clicking here. Every donation helps us expand and assist everyone coming to us for climate change resilience-building information and support.

Your tax-deductible donation also helps pay for all CSV models' ongoing research and development. This funding allows us to add more knowledge, tools, forms, contracts, and architectural net-zero and climate change-resilient building, home, and community designs for all worldwide ClimateSafe Villages, other eco-villages, and intentional communities. Our information is always shared with everyone trying to manage the climate change emergency in an open-access manner.


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