The Climatesafe Villages Physical, Cultural, and Member Qualities

Last updated 4.11.23 

Welcome to the original CSV master model for everything you ever would want to know about ClimateSafe Villages (CSV), the climate-resilient eco-communities of the future. Of course, the ongoing discussion forums at CSV will continue to add to the factors found in our 6-page CSV master model. 

Review this page only if you are seriously interested and are near to making a final decision about creating a local version of your own or if you want to join one of our four ClimateSafe Villages (CSV) models. If you are browsing or want to get a beginning sense of who we are and what we are doing, we strongly recommend you explore the new ClimateSafe Villages website to introduce you to the many benefits of these unique and now necessary communities more easily.

Please click here to go to our newfar less complex ClimateSafe Village website to start exploring the many positive possibilities.

Welcome to Page 2 of the ClimateSafe Villages (CSV) Guide and Overview

(If you have not yet read this summary of the ten current climate change condition facts, please do so before reading this page. You will better understand why at this particular time, you should consider joining one of our four ClimateSafe Villages models or creating a climate-safer eco-community of your own.)

In some ways, this is one of the most important pages in our online guide. We strongly recommend starting with Section Nine.

Section Nine describes the qualities of our members and potential members. It is the first recommended section because the core of any successful project is its people, then its culture, and finally, its physical qualities, all of which are described below for the ClimateSafe Villages project.

Feel free to skip directly to any linked section titles below that interest you. You can return later to the other section titles below as you like. 

The sections found on this page are:

1. Introduction


2. The Physical Qualities of the ClimateSafe Villages Vision and Model


3. The Cultural and Social Qualities of the ClimateSafe Villages


4. The Educational Qualities of the ClimateSafe Villages


5. Religion and Personal Spirituality within ClimateSafe Villages


6. The Potential Income and Funding Sources for ClimateSafe Villages and Their Members


7. The Internal Safety and Security Processes of the ClimateSafe Villages


8. The External Safety and Security Processes of the ClimateSafe Villages


9. Individual Member Qualities That Will Make ClimateSafe Villages Successful


10. How to Get Started and Join Any One of the Four Models


11. Links to Other ClimateSafe Village Description Pages 


1. Introduction

The carefully researched and chosen policies, procedures, and physical and cultural qualities of the ClimateSafe Villages models and member qualities listed below are designed to create sustainable communities worldwide with the best possibilities to survive severe climate change-related consequences, which are now unavoidable. Only by surviving the climate change emergency will ClimateSafe Villages be able to attain the many goals described on these pages.

If you only seek to survive another 10 to 15 years from 2024, you can build your own isolated survival compound. If you seek to survive 15 to 30 more years from 2024, you build a healthy and vibrant community.

If you want to survive 30 to 50+ years for yourself and your children, you build a vibrant community that also helps the communities around it become climate-resilient to the point that it becomes a climate-resilient region and area. But never forget that being in a well-prepared, rational community is absolutely essential if you see your survival horizon beyond 15 years.

What distinguishes ClimateSafe Villages and its members from other types of ecovillages or "intentional" communities and their members. is our values, qualities, commitments, and worldview. What also distinguishes our ClimateSafe Villages from most other ecovillages or "intentional" communities is that we have consciously, carefully planned emergency preparations and adaptations for the many dangerous and interconnected climate change consequences as well as the other ecological, economic, political, and social crises and conditions we will soon face.

Our many preparations and adaptations give our ClimateSafe Villages four models the best chance of surviving and thriving through the worsening climate change emergency and these other 11 major global crises. 

A shared set of values and goals and a shared worldview are among the most potent essential factors determining which communities will survive and thrive in the longest, most comfortable, and safest ways. This long-term survival potential is because a community's shared values, goals, and worldview will provide the critical additional emotional and psychological support and spiritual resilience essential to surviving what is coming. (The spiritual factor only exists if a Climatesafe Village and its members have incorporated some form of spiritual values and practices in their particular ClimateSafe Village.)



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2. The Physical Qualities of the New ClimateSafe Villages Vision

Not all variations of our four ClimateSafe Village models will always have ALL of the physical qualities and other characteristics listed on this page. However, of the four eco-community models, the rural models will strive to achieve most or all of the ClimateSafe Village physical, cultural, and member qualities listed on this page. Virtual models will naturally do and have less.

Many items on the following community physical characteristics list are related to surviving and thriving through the future waves of primary and secondary climate change consequences. The teams that finalize the affordable architectural and construction designs for our new communities and their homes, community buildings, and dormitories will need to be well informed as to the primary and secondary climate change consequences so that they understand those consequences that can be planned for or adapted to as well as seeing which consequences will be difficult to impossible to plan for or adapt to.

We will survive better as a community because we will be prepared, well adapted for the coming changes, and highly resilient to the climate consequences we can no longer avoid. Use the following physical qualities list as a community-building checklist for everything the community should build for long-term safety and security.

We are seeking to create a new ClimateSafe Villages with physical qualities of:

  1. affordability and simplicity. (We will use the principles of the Degrowth Movement, the Overshoot information, the concepts of Sustainable Prosperity, and the wise principles of Appropriate Technology usage to help manage the village's physical architecture, affordability, simplicity attributes, growth, and size. Appropriate technology usage is always strongly valued over unlimited technology usage. Affordability in climate change-resilient homes and buildings is always part of our overall design direction. Each link contains a detailed definition of these critical community qualities.)
  2. striving for the highest possible levels of climate change resilience-building, preparation, and adaptation to the most probable primary and secondary climate change consequences for that location. Climate change is the primary, continuously intensifying global threat amplifier, multiplier, and disruptor existing today other than global nuclear war. (Hardening the villages against the many consequences of climate change is one of our corcompetencies. This is partly because of ClimateSafe Villages' relationship with the Job One climate change think tank. On this page, we have detailed lists of the many design factors needed to create prepared, climate change-resilient communities.) 
  3. wise location selection where applicable for each climate-safer model. (A major factor for all of our land-based model locations, both rural and urban, is whether they are not located in areas for current or future high-risk climate change consequences. Location, location, location will be the first determinant in how likely any new ClimateSafe Village will be to survive long-term.) 
  4. full-cycle, four-season food sustainability, sustainable, non-GMO organic gardens, heat-resistant food plants, permaculture, aquaponics, vertical hydroponics, and small farms. Establishing year-round food security is a first priority. (To do this, we must become land stewards and conservationists. It will also require climate-resilient greenhouses/domes, grow lights, and other equipment necessary for four-season food production.)
  5. in-home and buildings high-quality air filtration systems (air and water pollution is increasing, and we must prepare for it and protect ourselves.) 
  6. adequate water and clean water security. Establishing multiple secure, in-home, correctly filtered water systems is also a first priority via wells, water capture and storage systems, water purification systems, natural water storage ponds, and water conservation. Food will not grow without water; without clean water, humans will die within three days or rapidly sicken.
  7. green, non-carbon polluting wind and solar energy sources.
  8. net-zero homes, dormitories for singles, and community buildings using affordable design and affordable construction model options. This will help eliminate fossil fuel burning, a fundamental cause of global warming and air pollution. Net-zero homes between 800 and 1600 square feet, depending on family size and needs. (Net-zero principles apply to tiny homes of any size, new construction, or retrofits of existing structures. Net Zero buildings can be of any size needed for their purpose. )  
  9. net-zero homes, dormitories, and community buildings must also be fire and severe wind proof and survive 30-inch rain bombs and river, lake, or seashore flooding. Robust individual building and community water drainage systems and industrial-level sump pumps will be part of all new construction because of accelerating flooding threats.
  10. net-zero homes and buildings must utilize natural and backup energy-efficient systems to control heat, cold, and humidity. Temperatures and humidity will soar beyond standard work, and living tolerances and extreme cold spells will be a regular part of our future. In many areas of the world, climate change-driven heat, cold, and humidity have already reached deadly levels.
  11. there may even be net-zero medium-rise apartment buildings of about six stories of various apartment sizes. Some research shows that medium-rise living structures provide better land use and other energy and cost efficiencies exceeding individual net-zero homes. All medium-rise apartment buildings would have balconies and views. There could be cafes, bakeries, etc., on the ground level with some waterfall, pond, or other water treatment in a small park or open space surrounding the building. 
  12. wise home and building placement will establish large fire break areas surrounding the homes and buildings. Climate change-driven wildfires will soon become a serious escalating problem in urban and rural areas.
  13. homes and buildings must have the highest level of air filtration systems available to deal with steadily increasing periodic and longer-term wildfire smoke and the growing amounts of other dangerous air pollutants.
  14. Each rural community should also have a community yoga/meditation/prayer/quite room for the community members to gather to reflect and renew individually or collectively.
  15. independent environmentally safe sewage treatment as much as is feasible.
  16. high-speed Internet connections so members who work remotely can maintain their ecovillage value-compatible livelihoods and for online educational needs and our online college. 
  17. full-cycle product and materials recycling, 
  18. net-zero service buildings for a shared community center, value-compatible businesses, manufacturing, arts, and crafts that individuals will bring or create in the village. The community center would have a large kitchen and dining area for community meals and events, a laundry area, and areas for the collective watching on-screen events. The community center could also have a fitness area, a meditation area, and other areas for community classes. 
  19. intentionally designed physical beauty and art, incorporating beautiful architecture and artworks in the buildings and outside wherever possible.
  20. extensive emergency preparedness, including critical systems (food, medicine, etc.) and essential parts redundancies. Here we act in "prepper" terms regarding redundancy, which is "one is none, two is one, and three is two.")
  21. sufficient reserves and abundance of all needed types so that once the community is securely established, the community can also reach into the larger outside community using that accumulated abundance to provide effective, wise, and appropriate charity and support to those most in need. 
  22. larger villages may have their own community coop store for village collective bulk purchasing of needed items.
  23. each land-based community will have its own separate and independent legal structure, funding, and secure financial record-keeping and income management procedures. (To keep the original community land purchase safe and secure, it may be converted into a permanent conservation land trust where anyone living on the land is given a 99-year lease if they build their own home, etc. The lease contract will have provisions that protect both the individual and the community from seeable problems.)
  24. defensibility and survivability, From about 2032-2040, as global conditions worsen dramatically, this will become a more critical factor for maintaining the long-term viability of the ClimateSafe Villages. (This defensibility is always designed to be ethical, balanced, appropriate, and in collaboration with local authorities with whom we have built trusting relationships. All defensibility strategies must be designed to maintain human dignity and fair justice processes.)
  25. environmentally sensitive, balanced ecovillage policies and practices limiting over-consumption and living a low-consumption lifestyle.
  26. wherever possible, the community will use recycled and repurposed materials in its construction and employ other design and material management principles to keep its building and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  27. members and come and go from land-based ClimateSafe Villages to work outside the community or utilize outside services as needed. Non-members will be welcome for tours or special events at land-based models by reservation only. Some land-based villages may have an entrance gate and a login and log-out system.
  28. Many CSVs will be true multigenerational communities, with on-site assisted living housing and hospice care for the elderly.
  29. larger villages may have their own volunteer fire departments and fire suppression systems.
  30. appropriate population size. (This is an ongoing discussion on population size management. Some research indicates 100-150 individuals is an ideal size. Other research indicates 200-500 individuals is the maximum size so all members can be familiar with each other. Another growth proposal suggests new ClimateSafe Villages can start and grow with as little as ten to twenty individuals in their start-up phase. When they reach between 100-500 individuals, a possible healthy and natural size limit, that village can help to create and "spin-off" a new ClimateSafe Village nearby. Additional villages could be established close to each other, facilitating trade between communities, cross-pollination, and relocations as needed. The good news is that each independent CSV gets to decide on its final population size and its population growth phases)
  31. being able to survive other new crises, such as an EMP pulse (which would disable all unshielded electronics) or some other form of human crisis or natural disaster. 
  32. CSVs will also follow the emergency backup principle that one backup is none, two backups are one, and three backups are actually two backups if you truly want to be safe.
  33. having indoor food growing areas. In addition to outdoor gardens in farming, indoor growing areas will be critical to community and individual survival. Wealthy countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and others are aggressively funding indoor automated farming. There is a reason these wealthy countries are doing this. They have paid handsomely to know the climate is already out of control, and it's going to get much worse. They know that crops grown outdoors will be randomly hit with record-breaking droughts, heat waves, cold waves, rain bomb flooding, high wind derechos, and other weather-related extremes during that crop's normal growing season. They also know that the weather extremes will increase in severity, frequency, and in size of areas covered as the climate change emergency worsens. Within decades, outdoor farming will become extremely difficult due to crop failures caused by rising climate-related consequences. At that time, only those who have indoor manual or automated farms will have stable, predictable, and adequate food supplies. Increasing global crop failures are handcuffed to increasing temperatures and increasing climate change consequences, and they are our predictable future until we fix the climate change emergency.
  34. satellite internet and communications as a backup. When things get really bad, traditional land-based communications systems will become more and more unreliable, and stable communications are critical for survival.
  35. a perimeter surveillance and barrier system for the later stages of the coming widespread collapse will be necessary to control access to the community.

CSVs seek to achieve a safe and secure readiness and a high level of survivability on physical levels. This is a big task because CSVs must survive either a widespread slow or fast collapse, and they must also manage:

1. Rapid climate destabilization as climate change worsens.

2. How climate change will amplify and multiply most of the 11 other major global crises that humanity now faces

3. How humanity will cope with the post-collapse mass extinction transition period of a few to many decades. (This is the time period when the technology and the product distribution we have become used to becomes rare or nonexistent.)

The significant danger in a deep and widespread climate and global collapse process is that so many people will perish who know how to:

a. design the needed technology,

b. produce the resources and raw materials required for the needed technology,

c. make the machines that manufacture the needed technology,

d. repair the needed technology,

e. make replacement parts for the needed technology, or

f. produce and maintain the energy, communication, and computer systems that power and direct the manufacture and distribution of the needed technology.

A-F means that the technology we depend upon will gradually disappear for an extended period after a widespread extinction and societal collapse process and event. This also means that as part of its deeper-level emergency preparation planning, every CSV must gradually collect all essential pre-industrial and post-industrial knowledge (in hard copy books) and all the hand tools or other equipment needed that will operate without power to survive the post-collapse period into a possible Great Rebirth. (In the US, it might not be a bad idea to also develop relationships with Mennonite, Amish, or Native American communities who have extensive pre-industrial knowledge.)

You could call this post-collapse transitional period a new type of temporary Dark Age. Like some past Dark Age periods, it has been fueled by the widespread corruption of existing human institutions to the point that they no longer serve humanity's collective well-being or the survival of the ecosystems upon which humanity depends.

Hopefully, CSVs will not have to endure a temporary Dark Age, but we must nonetheless prepare for the physical qualities of this possibility as well.

Timing is Critical

These new ClimateSafe Villages must be created quickly because things are worsening rapidly. (Click here to see our recommended action timeframe page for how soon we must act depending on location and other circumstances.)

Because many individuals have legitimate and serious concerns about survivalist or extremist-type communities, if still necessaryplease see this link for more on how we are VERY different from the survivalist or extremist communities. Also, further down this page, you will find many more safe grades that clearly separate us from survivalist or extremist communities.               

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3. The Cultural and Personal/Social Qualities of the ClimateSafe Villages

Beyond their climate resilience and survival value, ClimateSafe Villages are places of peace where you can live lives and build a culture of sustainability, equality, and justice away from the increasing levels of societal dysfunctionality. In a ClimateSafe Village, you can live in balance with nature and live your virtues in a community that conserves and sustains natural resources and minimizes wasteful consumerism and exploitive behavior as a measure of success.

Building a positive, strong, and consistent culture (common cultural norms) in every ClimateSafe Villages model is essential if you want that CSV model to survive and thrive for the longest possible time.

All CSV models must build a culture that inspires its members' dedication and service to the community's overall long-term well-being based solidly upon the community respecting, valuing, caring for, and supporting the ongoing well-being of each individual community member. (The social/cultural list below is not in any sequential or prioritized order.)

ClimateSafe Village communities will create cultural and social places that:

  1. value and use rationality and evidence-based science in kind ways to guide all individual and community processes in a sustainable, equitable, and balanced way. If a community does not establish an overarching core philosophy based solidly upon rational thinking processes and evidence-based science, it will not successfully survive all of the challenges it will face in a destabilizing climate and society, as well as those communities that do make such a philosophy the foundation of their community.
  2. incorporates the knowledge of qualified expertise in a relevant area in advisory roles and coordinator decision-making bodies.
  3. promote wise and reciprocal collaboration and cooperation (Without actively promoting wise. collaboration and interpersonal and community reciprocality, these communities would be significantly hindered in their long-term efforts to survive and thrive.) 
  4. is committed to listening and quickly reviewing relevant feedback for the necessary process of continual adaptation. Adaptability is a critical cultural value at CSV. Often, one cannot adequately predict the timeframe that something negative will happen. In those cases, one has to rely on “just in time” adaptation. Every CSV culture must develop the attitude and ability to adapt quickly to ever-changing circumstances as they occur. High-level adaptability and highly adaptable CSV team members are among the best guarantees a CSV community can have to handle the growing list of well-known and unknown risks that we will always face. There are no absolute guarantees that CSVs will survive the coming nightmare. Still, if we are wise, well prepared, collaborative, reciprocal, and highly adaptable, we will have a far better chance of survival, and we will suffer a lot less than those individuals who are not so prepared or organized—no matter what occurs!
  5. place an exceptionally high value on preserving and protecting the community's well-being, peace, and stability as an essential supporter, protector, and co-creator of the individual well-being of ALL community members. (The CSV community is the required minimal stable foundation upon which its members will continue to do well in the face of climate change's primary and secondary consequences.)
  6. recognizes and rewards merit, accomplishment, and responsibility while recognizing every community member's contribution at every level.
  7. are safe, secure, and managed to create lower member stress levels. (It is essential to keep CSV communities at manageable lower stress levels for as long as possible. This value is because of the climate and other stress levels that will be intensifying outside the community. Communities subjected to continuous internal high-stress levels break down far more frequently than lower-stress, more peaceful communities.) 
  8. value community members enjoying life each day and the remaining stability we have left for the value of itself and its value to overall community well-being. (See this page for more on why CSV communities must value enjoying life while preparing for the coming hardships. It is in Action Step 1: Enjoy your life now and build psychological and emotional stability, reserves, and resilience.) 
  9. value effective conflict resolution processes. Conflicts will always arise. Our community will teach conflict resolution systems and skills, including endurance, determination, tolerance, and patience, which are essential to effective conflict resolution. (Patience is one of our most treasured virtues because we will have to endure and witness the widespread collapse of much of our global society and wait patiently before the world is truly ready for the many difficult changes that need to be made at a global systemic level to finally create a sustainable, just, and equitable world.)
  10. incorporate new modes of fair exchange that achieve economic justice 
  11. support and promote individual agency, freedom, self-organization, personal responsibility, and holding healthy boundaries,
  12. striving for the highest possible levels of developing self-discipline in all members. Without an educational and training focus that will help all members develop self-discipline, the community will not be able to reach its goals and thrive. Without self-discipline, external discipline takes its place and external discipline often turns into abuse and imbalanced power structures.
  13. promote community members building trusting relationships with each other based on their "earned" eco-community histories of positive decisions and actions
  14. promote a culture of fair and adequate financial support and clear guidelines for all members' financial support obligations for community administrators and for all reasonable administrative costs required to maintain any CSV community model in such a way that it can continually forward and sustain the community's well-being.
  15. place education and community educators in roles of primary importance. (Effective ClimateSafe Villages will get community member classes going as a critical initial element in their start-up. Community members must learn about the community culture, policies, and specialized skills if they work in different village areas. There will need to be classes for children and ongoing adult education. Qualified educators will create the courses and break community member education materials into easy-to-follow beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. Once established, some of these classes could become income sources for the village if put online.)
  16. has clear and fair policies for inter-member dispute resolution provided in the eco-community social contract, which all members sign when joining us. 
  17. promotes an honest, realistic, and appropriate hope for the future (Click here to see what that precise form of climate change hope surprisingly means.)
  18. gives no special attention or privileges to individuals of wealth or celebrity.
  19. promote highly productive and meaningful lives and relationships (These communities will not be able to survive the growing climate and other interrelated consequences unless all able-bodied and able-minded individuals are productive community members. Lazy, free-riding, or non-contributing individuals will not last long after several community efforts to remedy this issue) 
  20. supports a balance between work, ongoing education, and recreation,
  21. promotes current good nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, and preventative medicine-based health practices (and a culture that supports those practices.)
  22. initiates and maintains physical and psychological resilience practices to help members deal with the growing stresses of a deteriorating environment. 
  23. exhibits high social, racial, gender, gender orientation, ethnic, spiritual, and generational diversity. (Think about us as a model for a fully integrated, fully-functional future community.)
  24. provides psychological and emotional therapeutic support services to members, particularly as all types of escalating trauma and climate change-related consequences and other catastrophes take place outside the eco-community
  25. promotes a commitment to lifelong ongoing education, personal development, and growth. (If an individual does not like to learn or has severe learning disabilities, they are not a good match for our initial start-up communities because there will be so much new to read and learn.) 
  26. provides wellness, preventive healthcare, emotional and psychological support,
  27. promotes self-discipline and personal sacrifice wherever appropriate.
  28. systematically ensure eco-community management represents the demographics of the larger community (i.e., that there is proportional gender representation, etc..)
  29. promotes the principles for creating a sustainable prosperity
  30. acts in ways that prevent both population overshoot and resource overshoot. (CSV communities are designed with a profound understanding of the Overshoot work of William Cantton and its meaning for our collective future.)
  31. creates individual and community financial well-being without poverty, homelessness, or hunger, 
  32. exhibits non-discriminatory individual and collective justice throughout, and practices tolerance of different viewpoints with a commitment to advancing the values enumerated here.
  33. will regularly and publicly honor and recognize the actions of members who exemplify eco-community values, or as Plato said, "what is honored in a culture will grow there."
  34. base individual community member administrative advancement and reward on knowledge, skill, merit, and community contribution,
  35. has a commitment to a self-chosen, mostly vegan or vegan lifestyle. (If you are not a vegan, you are still welcome at ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham.)
  36. supports the evolutionary understanding that, although we may be more, at the minimum, we humans are evolving chimpanzees and part of Earth's ecosystems and that we are entirely dependent upon the health of those ecosystems for our long-term survival. (We share 98% of our DNA with chimps.)
  37. support regular celebration rituals, holiday and other community and individual supporting rituals, and kind humor because, without these things, the community will not be able to build the necessary emotional and psychological resilience needed to survive the coming outside suffering and hardships. As appropriate, we also will create new rituals and holidays relevant to the eco-community's values and goals, like our existing Universe Day
  38. allow for both efficient individual and collective eco-community full consequence capture so that both the individual and the eco-community learn and adapt faster from any action's positive or negative consequence feedback by quickly capturing either the positive benefits or the negative adverse effects of their own or the eco-communities actions,
  39. use a new form of personalized, direct democracy referred to as Personalized Democracy (PD) to help manage the eco-community, which efficiently honors the issue input of everyone and marginalizes no one. (Personal Democracy is further described in more detail in this overview.)
  40. create adequate surpluses and emergency reserves and a wise and equitable system for distributing those surplus life essentials such as food, water, energy, and health care to out-of-community in-need individuals and families.
  41. reflects the best ideas from philosophy from humanity's heritage,
  42. works toward creating new models for future effective global governance for a possible post-collapse Great Global Rebirth.  (We would not have our many current global crises nor have to face the coming climate nightmare if we had already evolved effective global governance working for the common good and well-being of ALL of humanity. Hopefully, as a high priority, our eco-community members will forward this critical global governance design and transition work for the post-collapse future.)
  43. works to collect and preserve a specialized library of humanity's history of great literature, culture, science, and art on secure computer servers,
  44. apply enlightened population management within the eco-community. 
  45. prioritizes using the energy and resources inside the eco-community instead of outside in the macro-culture, which is beyond our control.
  46. have transparent policies and procedures for members who want to leave or are asked by the eco-community to leave. (These are available potential members to review before joining. These policies include the community purchasing homes that a leaving member may have built or purchased on eco-community lands at fair market value.)
  47. protect the natural biodiversity of any lands the eco-community owns or leases. (We will have native bee hives and provide habitat and protection for the natural biodiversity of our lands.)
  48. create a community culture that, as its primary function, always treats all community members as assets to the community that must be cared for accordingly and by supporting each member's complete well-being. Yes, the eco-community must always also work to preserve itself, but only to persistently maintain its ability to serve the general well-being of its members. 
  49. promote open access in relationship to sharing our critical survival and thrive information with others and other communities (We need to be open access because there is so little time to scale up worldwide preparation, adaption, and resilience building. This does not mean that we are not wise and seek some reciprocality in our open-access sharing. The open-source software community has a great saying for this: "Bring a brick, get a house.")
  50. will interact, trade, and help educate surrounding communities in positive ways regarding building local climate resilience wherever possible. Our eco-communities will initially depend on surrounding communities for food, medicines, advanced medical services, and other essentials that we cannot produce or provide in our early stages of development. (Our communities will strive to be living and educating examples to their surrounding communities of healthier and better ways to live and greater sustainability. They will also demonstrate an improved form of democratic management called Personal Democracy. It also will be essential to engage the governments of surrounding communities and share ideas on how they can prepare and make their surrounding communities and residents more resilient for the rough road ahead.)
  51. actively supports local farmers and farmer's markets. (Maximizing local food supply from all sources is critical as the climate worsens.)
  52. promotes reciprocality within all inter-community transactions. For example, if community members are retired and otherwise unable to perform any shared community maintenance actions, they would need to make additional monthly financial contributions to cover the costs of what others must do for them and to be in fair exchange with other members. The last thing you want in new start-up eco-communities is non-reciprocating individuals who take or expect far more than they are willing to give back. But on the other hand, balanced, reciprocating, fair exchanges within the eco-community make it quite a pleasant place.
  53. have the best legal structure for the new community's land preservation (possibly a non-profit corporation, a social benefit corporation, a conservation land trust, etc.). Having a legal structure that wisely maintains the community's contiguous land purchase integrity from all contingencies is critical and foundational. (Most past communities fail when their land is broken up or lost from various causes, like members failing to pay taxes on their individually owned and leased homes, inter-community disputes, lawsuits, etc.)
  54. have contracts for all other critical member involvement areas. All required community contracts will be clear and fair to all parties. This will include contracts for leasing homes or business spaces on community land. Our contracts will also cover community exit procedures and buybacks. Some community contracts may have reciprocal or one-way provisions to allow a wisely fixed number of other CSV members from a location that had to be abandoned in an emergency to join the safer community location, provided that members from the other CSV community have pre-stocked all supplies they will need at the emergency escape CSV community location.
    Community-related contracts will have a mandatory binding arbitration clause to prevent costly, time-consuming, or frivolous litigation that could harm the community. 
  55. allow well-behaved pets, 
  56. allow for all generations to live together in the community, including senior citizens living in full or semi-retirement. And finally,
  57. are constructed at their ideological core around a shared, wise, and just philosophy and science-grounded worldview, which would learn from the mistakes of the current worldview, which is the cause for many of the global crises pushing humanity towards collapse. The new worldview within ClimateSafe Villages will have a much higher potential to survive the tremendous hardships humanity will face over the rest of this century and not repeat the mistakes that caused society to collapse. (Some villages may also incorporate a healthy, balanced, and inclusive spiritual practice.)
  58. locate, promote, and support the most wise, skilled, and ethical members in critical community administrative positions. (No CSV will survive long term if it does not quickly identify its wisest, most capable, and ethical members and facilitate their becoming the community's key administrators. These kinds of individuals will create a community's best opportunity to be successfully established and securely maintained.)

Imagine a new kind of climate-resilient community where an essential goal is helping each individual achieve well-being and develop their full potential while simultaneously preserving the community that is supporting the lives of its members. If you can imagine that, you would have a good idea of the social/cultural/community balance we are attempting to achieve. This balance is critical because any community that focuses exclusively on its members' well-being but neglects or disregards the collective well-being of itself will not last long.

The new ClimateSafe Villages will generally work toward preserving the best and most workable elements of our global culture and society and abandon the worst. They will strive to save the best and most workable elements of our global culture and society because they will not want to waste limited and valuable time, energy, and resources "reinventing the wheel. 

Determining what is best from the past and needs to be preserved will be decided by each community in an open and transparent process. The many above community social and cultural values will help create and foster the psycho-social-cultural shifts needed to accept and survive the coming collapse process trauma with the needed composure, stability, and skill sets.

How do you see the many internal changes that you will need to make for what a climate collapse and post-collapse future will need?

A vital additional aspect to our cultural and social qualities is "how we must see the future in new ways to survive psychologically, emotionally and if you are spiritual, spiritually. This area of our cultural qualities has many currents of thought, and it's too much to put into this general overview.

But we strongly recommend that you click this link and go to action step 16 to read about many new and possible ways that we will need to see and construct our individual and collective future to survive and thrive through what is coming. This information opens up possibilities and new questions that we are still wrestling with and for which we will value your ideas and contributions to help us further refine this critical, psychological, emotional, and potentially spiritual section.

If you want to understand us and our many challenges, please do not skip this link and Action Step 16; you will know why after you finish it. This section will also help you understand why CSVs actively seek collaboration with many other organizations and individuals in good faith trying to understand and manage the coming collapse process.

There is also a new article by a 30-year-old struggling with the many deeper questions that we must collectively face and manage. This article is one of the best I have seen. It explores the many deeper questions in front of us and is a great article and snapshot of some of the other larger groups trying to deal with collapse issues. 

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4. The Educational Qualities of the ClimateSave Villages

Ongoing lifelong education is one of our highest priorities. We will have an online and offline school. Here are some of the things these educational facilities will do:

1. teach children and new members our values and the many new skills that will be needed within the community

2. help children and new members reach their full potential and help them discover their unique form of genius

3. teach attentiveness to the present, wise experimentation, rapid learning from feedback, and rapid adaptation from feedback to enhance evolvability

4. teach children and members optimal health and wellness principles 

5. offer online education on critical issues to individuals outside our eco-community.

6. teach and support critical thinking skills.

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5. Religion and Personal Spirituality within the ClimateSafe Villages

Religion or personal spirituality is a part of many individuals' lives. Each ClimateSafe Villages will set its policies for how it will deal with its members' different religious and spiritual practices. We do, although, 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 proactively educate 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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6. The Potential Income and Ongoing Funding Sources for the ClimateSafe Villages and Their Members

Failed intentional communities and eco-villages did so most often because those communities did not have reliable and steady income sources for themselves or their members. Therefore, all CSVs must generate sustainable, fair exchange-based income for themselves and their members.

Most income sources within CSVs should be co-ops or community-owned, with everyone sharing equally in any profit according to their work contribution and responsibilities, except for those individually owned businesses brought to or created within the community that are sustainable, eco-friendly and meet that community member's approval and community standards. All co-ops or community-owned businesses within the community should also experiment with the new economic models of fair exchange and merit and responsibility-based incomes.

Here are just a few of the ways ClimateSafe Villages can fund or support themselves either before or once established and operational, but always in fair exchange, community-value, and community well-being congruent ways.

Income for CSVs:

1. Selling online educational courses on many community-related subjects and skills.

2. Selling online climate adaptation and resilience courses.

3. Selling at the eco-community on-site courses and day-long, weekend, or longer sustainability and organic gardening retreats.

4. Selling surplus organic food to the surrounding community.

5. Selling community and sustainably made crafts, art, and other products to the surrounding community.

6. Individual members running their on-site businesses, which are value-compatible with eco-community values.

7. Allowing retirees who want to live in net-zero homes within the community to contribute more significant amounts to help build or maintain the community because they may be unable to provide as much labor to help run the community.

8. Rural CSVs allow visitors to stay in their RVs for several weeks to experience CSV living. (They would have to build approved RV spaces, which could be a substantial income source. These rural CSVs could also offer organic meals to short- and longer-term community kitchen visitors.)

9. Housing leasing payments for homes, apartments, and dorm rooms constructed in rural CSVs on community-owned land.

10. Rural CSVs can lease agreed-upon secure storage space or even vacant living spaces to urban or virtual CSV members for storage of emergency backup supplies and temporary or permanent occupancy during an emergency.

11. Community members might also develop climate change resilience-building consulting services or resilience remodeling services for the communities surrounding that CSV model.

12. Some CSV members might create small businesses to help other CSVs with their initial construction, remodeling, specialty survival equipment (solar, water capture, etc.), or food-growing operations. They would temporarily move to a new CSV location and live there while helping that CSV get started.

13. Some CSVs might create a community-owned business that could provide other products like specialty survival equipment (like EMP shielding kits,) unique greenhouses, prefab homes, vertical hydroponics kits, dried food products capable of surviving years on a shelf, etc. These businesses could be driven by the advanced and always evolving CSV climate change, climate change resilience building, and food growing knowledge base, and could employ numerous community members.

14. Create a service that reviews and rates only the products that will be used in worldwide CSVs. This service could become highly trusted because it would be executed with the integrity and thoroughness of a Consumer Reports-type company.

15. Receiving donations from individuals who want to see our eco-community goals succeed. We are still working out our policies and possible exchanges to wisely accommodate the contributions of individuals who make considerably larger donations to get our eco-communities going, being maintained, or expanding. 

We understand and value that some wealthy individuals are ethical and honorable and see their wealth as a generational responsibility to use wisely to improve and protect humanity's well-being and future.

Things currently being considered for the larger donor start-up eco-community funding and contributions are as follows:

a. If the individual eco-community is a registered non-profit educational organization, large donors can be offered the standard donation tax deduction for that country. (We anticipate these eco-communities will be registered non-profit educational organizations. Each eco-community will determine its best legal structures as appropriate. 

b. Awarding large donors a week or longer for several years to live at the eco-community as a guest.

c. Allowing large donors to put their name on an eco-community structure or piece of equipment they fund.

d. Allowing large donors to join the eco-community and build a net-zero home for them and their children, but on the same terms applied to every new member.

e. We are also currently working on ways to be in fair exchange with any individuals or members who connect us to large donors and funding sources that help provide the seed finances to expedite the creation of any of the four models of eco-communities.

We can offer wealthy, ethical individuals the safest place to have a home or apartment for themselves and their families as the anticipated large-scale extinction and collapse occurs. This is because they would be a part of a well-prepared eco-community with deep shared values, a commitment to mutual support and quality of life, and protection that could be relied upon, which is something that money alone can never buy. These rural and hybrid eco-communities would also be located in the areas with the best survival probabilities for our current worsening global crises.

Helping to create these new eco-communities and having a home there is the ultimate insurance policy. So please click here to read about why many emergency survival plans used by the ultra-wealthy are not realistic and will likely fail.

When taking any large donations from the ultra-rich, we will carefully review their business history and past charity actions to see if they were, in general, ethical and reasonably compatible with our eco-community values and worldview. If you are fundraising for your eco-community, the wives, x-wives, children, and other relatives of an ultra-rich individual, who are also ultra-rich through divorce or inheritance, are usually better aligned with our values and worldview and can more easily pass our ethical donation review.

Finally, individuals who make large donations will be treated as any other eco-community member and be expected to participate in everyday shared community actions when they are residents in the eco-community. Great wealth or celebrity earns you no special treatment. We are evolving new social and economic systems that value merit but do not continue the economic distortions or imbalances of the past that have also contributed to our current 12 crises. 

"Only the wisest, most cooperative, and best-prepared individuals, families, and businesses living and working in highly value-aligned eco-communities with a deep and common worldview, which will give them the additional needed emotional and psychological resilience (in addition to the eco-community's physical resilience) will have the best possibility of surviving the worsening 12 global crises we all now face." Lawrence Wollersheim

Here is one more thing to consider about income sources and CSV economics. We are a survival-essential new community movement, not an investment scheme for the profit of one or more individuals!

We cannot embrace the same dysfunctional greed capitalism that feeds endless consumption, vanities, and luxuries while half the world starves. Our current endless consumerism pollutes our environment and ruins our natural resources. We need to become conservers, not consumers, and shift away from the endless vanity-driven consumption of the outer society to a sustainable, basic metabolic, needs-driven production and consumption (food, health, shelter, safety, security, relationships, and education) in our CSVs.
CSVs need to create and be a new form of sustainable economics using the triple bottom-line accounting principles and other reasonable interest and management salary limits for balanced economic development and merit-based sharing. (Wikipedia has a great explanation of the triple bottom line.)  
Nothing here denies the ability of anyone in a CSV to carry on their regular business and make a living. In fact, CSVs must develop income sources and trade with others to be sustainable. But, we do not want individuals to see the creation of CSVs as investment vehicles or profit vehicles for themselves.
I believe we will soon be adopting the policy that if you are buying land and reselling it to other CSV members, you must fully reveal the price you paid initially for the land and all profits you're going to make relating to the sale of that land, i.e., legal fees, mortgage insurance, etc.  
We are facing severe, soon-arriving challenges that few have encountered before. The last thing we need is people setting up CSVs as profit centers for themselves in the middle of an emergency. That is not how CSVs should be started. 
Nothing I am saying here inhibits a group of individuals from collectively buying land with complete transparency on what everybody contributes, how much the land costs, and what everyone gets. What I am speaking about here is those individuals who will come to CSV seeking a non-transparent personal profit at the unknowing expense of other CSV members. 
Anyone making money off other members should always fully disclose that fact and how much they make off those transactions. In the new CSV communities, we have to step beyond the "business as usual" current economic principles that have been a prime factor in creating the nightmare humanity currently faces. We also must move beyond the unfair and imbalanced exploitation of others for unfair or excessive individualized profit to ever see a more equitable, just, healthy, and sustainable world after climate change and other global emergencies have been resolved.
In the initial creation and building of a CSV, no individual should profit unequally over any other community member who is also creating and building the CSV. Please know this does not mean everyone in a CSV doing different jobs will have the same salary. It only speaks to the initial creation and building of a CSV.
We are not against making a fair exchange profit under transparent conditions. But we are firmly against profiting from exploiting others in a disaster or a known coming disaster, such as a climate change emergency.
There is one more fundamental reason we don't allow people to promote personal for-profit ventures or investments in or at CSV. There is an ocean of Internet phishing scams, where people join groups on or offline and tell you how rich they are or how they want to join with them and invest in something. This is done to trick you into investing with them or sending them money.
If you hear of anyone promoting any for-profit venture or investment scheme or bragging about how wealthy or successful they are, please report them to us as soon as possible. We warn them once, send them to our online and offline rules, and if they continue, we block them.

Keeping this CSV forum safe from phishing schemes, investment schemes, or individuals seeking to profit personally from our dire climate situation is absolutely critical.


16. We are also exploring and open to other eco-community value-compatible income sources for members and the eco-community. One such way is for younger adults to have their parents sponsor them and their initial expenses for building their net-zero homes in these new eco-communities. This is a common practice because parents often help their children enter their first homes. It is even more critical in this case as parents typically want to see their children survive and live longer lives. Another area we are exploring is crowdfunding apps like Kick Starter.

17. If we raise enough funding, as a community, we may pre-build all net-zero homes or apartments and long-term lease them to members or exchange their leasing fees for ongoing services rendered to the eco-community. Our ideal funding situation is to buy the land, build all of the necessary eco-community infrastructure, and simultaneously build all of the net-zero homes from the initial funding.

18. All members will be obligated to regularly contribute (most likely monthly) to fair, adequate, or, where appropriate, means-based financial support for the community. These membership payments will have clear guidelines for covering the costs of community administrators and for all reasonable administrative and related community costs required to maintain their CSV community model so that it can securely and continually forward and sustain the community's well-being.

Please also note that retired individuals or other individuals who cannot continue to work productively within these eco-communities will be allowed membership on a case-by-case basis. However, their initial and monthly financial contributions to the eco-community will be substantially larger than individuals who can provide the ongoing needed services to the eco-community.

Because this section is about income sources, there is one more area to review.

Why is everything free and open on our website except the member's section?

Even though our organization is all volunteer with no paid staff and has been that way for years, we still have to pay rent for our offices, Internet charges, phone, and everyday business expenses that any business would incur. Sometimes we have to hire specialty consultants with the knowledge that no volunteer in our team has. For example, when we have to fend off hacking attempts for certain upgrades on our website, we have to hire a server security specialist.

Additionally, the information in the members-only section is information we had to spend a lot of money to obtain. It is extremely valuable migration and financial information that a standard risk assessment firm would charge businesses thousands of dollars a year to access.

We do not do that. We have a reasonable tax-deductible donation level to become a member. We even have a scholarship program for those individuals worldwide who live at the poverty level and cannot donate.

And finally, we want to serve and collaborate with reciprocal and mature individuals who know they need to support the community helping them and others. When you donate to our nonprofit organization, you tell us that you appreciate and value what we're doing and want to help us get our uncensored, valuable climate change-related information to as many people as possible.

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7. The Internal Safety and Security Processes of the ClimateSafe Villages

Healthy boundaries support healthy relationships. Currently, there are about 1200 intentional communities in the world. Not all of them are good or healthy, and most will eventually fail as they have repeatedly done for decades. 

There are many different types of healthy and unhealthy communities. This healthy and unhealthy list includes everything from co-housing communities, sustainability communities, UFO communities, resilience communities, neo-nazi communities, prepper communities, far-right militia communities, degrowth communities, ecovillages, financial investment scam communities, conservation communities, dangerous religious or spiritual cult communities, fronting political communities, simplicity communities, science-denying communities which make false and distorted claims about some threat that will end the world, deep adaptation communities, evolutionary or eco-communities, agrihoods, eco-prepper communities, farmers cooperatives, eco-spiritual communities, even traditional doomer end of the world type survivalist communities.

Because there are also so many unhealthy and even dangerous communities out there and new ones forming all of the time, it is critical to understand our community's processes to help safeguard the community and keep it secure from internal dangers.

Here is how we keep our new ClimateSafe Villages safe from internal dangers:

  • All potential new members are carefully screened for alignment with our values. All members sign a comprehensive social contract that embraces our values in these general areas: quality of life, all community organizations exist to benefit the balanced well-being of individuals and the community; respect individual thinking, not conclusions; rewards in proportion to social contribution, a sustainable world, and a sustainable society, efficiency to support sustainability, Beauty throughout human environments, personal, family, and social development, respect for logic and science-grounded material reality. Eventually, this social contract will evolve into a community constitution that might differ slightly in each community.
  • All potential new members are encouraged to carefully examine the resumes and histories of eco-community co-founders and key community coordinators and spend some time with them and other eco-community members before joining. This two-way potential member and eco-community transparency also helps to promote balanced and informed consent for joining.
  • All new members are carefully screened for serious personal problems and problems from their past that could harm the eco-community. (See our application page processes here.)
  • The eco-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 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. 
  • We educate every community member about actions of members or community managers that could harm individuals or the community by having all members understand the fundamental tactics of destructive cultic behavior.
  • We educate every community member about actions of members or community managers that could harm individuals or the community by introducing or using manipulative and harmful spiritual or religious practices within the community.
  • Every new member must sign off on our eco-community's serious transgressions list. If you violate our serious community transgressions, like child physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, illegal drug use or sale, violence against other community members, theft, dishonesty relating to serious eco-community operational issues and damage, embezzlement, or anything that would be considered a criminal felony in the macro-culture, you will be quickly asked to leave the eco-community and/or turned over to outside civil authorities if your actions are also serious civil or criminal felonies.)
  • We maintain a unique "forking off" principle and practice initially used in the open-source software design community. This forking principle promotes that any eco-community can and should always fork off and away from any other existing eco-community and form a new eco-community whenever the eco-community's coordinating senior administrators repeatedly fail to follow important and serious eco-community values, principles, and practices or violate community agreed-upon serious transactions. (These would be repeated actions or severe failures that fail to protect individual and community well-being and could not be resolved by repeated attempts to do so.)/li>

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8. The External Safety and Security Processes of Our ClimateSafe Villages

Our initial methods to minimize climate consequence threats and risks external to the eco-communities are described in Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Job One for Humanity Survive and Thrive plan described here. As threats and risks worsen, new safety and security procedures will evolve within each model of eco-community.

In addition to implementing Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Job One for Humanity Survive and Thrive plan described here, we also have a long-term backup sanctuary strategy for ClimateSafe Villages.

The Long-term Backup Sanctuary Strategy for ClimateSafe Villages (CSV)

Somewhere between 15 to 30 years from now, CSVs in locations close to major migration routes or major urban areas will be at significantly higher risk because of the breakdowns in food supplies and in governmental protection and social services.

This means that there will be far more desperate and hungry people scavenging, which may present too much risk for some ClimateSafe Villages. For these at-risk villages and individuals to survive, they will also need to have a backup sanctuary village in a highly isolated area.

They must stock this backup isolated village with all the food, equipment, hand tools, and shelter needed to survive. A large rural backup sanctuary in a very isolated and defendable location should also function as the emergency bug-out backup for many different CSVs if this location had enough land and was in a highly isolated, easy-to-defend area. Sharing the costs among numerous CSVs for this additional backup would make it more manageable.

This CSV long-term survival location strategy does not have to be created immediately. Still, it should be planned for and started once numerous villages close to urban areas and major migration routes have been created. 

The Bellingham CSV headquarters intends to take the lead in coordinating with other CSVs to establish this very isolated and defensible emergency backup bug-out sanctuary at the appropriate time.


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9. The Individual Member Qualities That Will Make ClimateSafe Villages Successful

The temperaments and qualities of the members you select for your ClimateSafe Village or any community you may join are of the utmost importance. Ultimately your survival and the survival of that community depend entirely upon its coordinator/leader and member's skills, preparations, emotional and psychological stability, and cooperation abilities.

As you read the individual member qualities list, remember that the primary goal of community members is for you, your loved ones, and future generations to be better positioned to survive and thrive in the most meaningful and vital ways through what looks like the most difficult challenge humanity has ever faced, as humanity tries to survive and ride out the climate change emergency and the worsening of the 11 other major global crises.

Undoubtedly, it will take exceptional, rational, and well-organized communities of highly cooperative, problem-solving individuals to survive and thrive on the difficult road ahead. In selecting members, always look for people bringing the community solutions rather than more problems. The world and the climate change emergency will bring every CSV model all the problems we individually and collectively can ever deal with.

We need to have CSV team members who will almost always bring us potential solutions along with any problems they may have discovered. This point is so important that, right from the beginning, we must build this into our CSV culture; "If you bring a problem, you also bring us a solution." If you want your CSV community to survive and thrive for as long as possible, recruit and load it with problem solvers.

You probably will not have all the individual qualities or beliefs listed below, but if you at least have the most important ones and strongly aspire to develop the rest within yourself and our community and have other knowledge and skills to contribute, consider joining us. (Please note: Not all variations of our four different eco-community models will require all of the individual member qualities or characteristics listed below on this page. For example, membership in the virtual CSV community will, in general, have many fewer requirements.) 

The following list is also our current best attempt to combine practicality for the brutal climate reality we are all facing with building an evolved community and culture that will survive the climate and other hardships and then also provide proven systemic solutions and new models for those that survive.

Our ClimateSafe Villages community members:

  • Place an exceptionally high value on preserving and protecting the community's well-being, peace, and stability as an essential supporter, protector, and co-creator of the community's well-being (and the well-being of other community members.) Individuals within CSV communities see having a healthy, stable, and peaceful community as the required minimal foundation upon which their well-being will flourish, particularly in the face of climate change's unfolding primary and secondary consequences.) For example, suppose an individual does not understand the foundational value and essential role that the community performs for its members and does not seek to balance their individual needs and goals within the community rationally. In that case, they will not make good community members or be happy in community life.
  • Are rational and kind, These villages will not survive without highly rational, science-grounded, and kind coordinators/leaders and members. These villages will be confronted with continuous new survival challenges as conditions outside the villages worsen. Without highly rational, science-grounded coordinators/leaders and members, these villages will not be able to adapt wisely enough or fast enough to meet the ever-changing conditions. Kindness will always be essential because of the intense suffering the community and its members will experience. This practiced kindness will not add to the ongoing suffering but, in many cases, will help significantly lower it.
  • Are self-organizing, There is so much to do with little time left to do it. Founding members of any of the four variations of our eco-communities will need to be highly self-organizing and, in most cases, self-funding. Without self-organizing, self-funding individuals showing up in the startup communities, it will take much longer to establish new communities in diverse locations worldwide (all of which will be needed to ensure humanity's long-term survival.) 
  • Respect themselves and respect others,
  • Are creative and innovative,
  • Are problem solvers, not problem creators, (In the CSV culture, we have the value that if you discover a problem, if at all possible, you also should become involved in its solution.)
  • Are persistent in the face of setbacks and challenges. Building new eco-communities by itself and the worsening of outside systems is going to take great personal persistence,
  • Have the ability to delay gratification and understand the value of sacrifice and self-discipline, especially as it will apply to surviving what is coming, 
  • Are reciprocating in nature and willing to equitably contribute physically and financially to the community's well-being or the required labor and administrative maintenance of the community in return for the community contributing to their care and wellbeing (Reciprocality is imperative because these new communities will not survive the energy-draining outside ecological, economic, and political turbulence if inside the eco-community; they have too many non-productive, non-reciprocating eco-community energy-draining free-riders. (individuals seeking to take more than they give are unsustainable in these new eco-communities where reciprocality, mutual care and contribution, and individual productivity are critical for survival.) 
  • Are reasonably intelligent and literate. There is a lot of continuous learning needed to build these new eco-communities, and as things worsen, new members will need to learn fast. Additionally, until these eco-communities establish their online and offline classes, having literate and intelligent individuals on their co-ordinating start-up teams will make things much easier.
  • Have resources or skills needed by the community, 
  • Recognize that every personal freedom has equal and counter-balancing responsibilities and boundaries.
  • Are polite and value civility in public interactions,
  • Understand that members will be obligated to regularly contribute (most likely monthly) to fair, adequate, or, where appropriate, means-based financial support for the community. These membership payments will have clear guidelines for covering the costs of community administrators and for all reasonable administrative and related community costs required to maintain their CSV community model so that it can securely and continually forward and sustain the community's well-being.
  • Have a mature intellectual, cultural, and social humility. (This humility seeks to first understand because initially giving the benefit of the doubt is prudent, and knowing that the learning process is never complete.)
  • Are wisely trusting (This means that everyone starts initially at a neutral, neither trusting nor not trusting level. From there, each person, as demonstrated by their actions, gets to earn the level of eventual trust they will have within the community.)
  • Understand and accept that the future will require less consumption and more conservation,
  • Believe that a compassionate, empathetic, and efficient meritocracy can produce enough surplus to support the needs of any members who, for legitimate reasons, are temporarily or otherwise unable to work because of illness, injury, or age, 
  • Have progressive values (To avoid today's intensifying conflicts of political or spiritual polarization, it is critical to select members for your community that have similar values structures. There will be many severe outside climate change-related and generated conflicts and problems. The last thing your new community will need is easily avoidable but serious internal community conflicts, problems, and polarization. Even though we at ClimateSafe Villages are primarily progressives, this does not mean that conservatives are not also welcome to use our materials to create their community variations. Everyone has an equal right to climate change survival.)
  • Have balanced personalities,
  • Are get-it-done people vs. talkers and braggers,
  • Honor reproductive freedom for all,
  • Are and have been productive individuals with a relatively stable work history,
  • Are or could be considered visionaries in one or more areas of expertise,
  • Value working with others to create these new experimental communities that can become "beacons of light" for a more sustainable and equitable world,
  • Realize that the world's societies are on an accelerating path of escalating ecological, climate, economic, and social catastrophes, disasters, and collapses,
  • Accept that these coming catastrophes are primarily due to humanity's changeable previous actions and choices,
  • Appreciate the urgency for consequential and substantial evolutionary changes in our economic, social, and governmental systems,
  • Accept the new worldview of sustainably, equity, and respectfully sharing the Earth with ALL others.



Additional Nice-to-Have But Not Crucial Village Member Qualities

1. Have been involved in effective previous social advocacy actions.

2. See themselves not only as national citizens but also as Planetary Citizens or global citizens, and possibly even Universe Citizens.

Creating and maintaining the first eco-communities will take highly creative, rational, and balanced individuals who are skilled in their areas of expertise. Initially, we are looking for wise individuals who already realize that individual and community freedoms and responsibilities must always be closely balanced but that there must also always be a slight favoring of what is best for the community. This is simply because the community must survive and thrive for its individuals to have and maintain the opportunity to survive and thrive. 

In general, ClimateSafe Villages is about cooperative people who can create solutions and adapt to difficult situations. They are also reciprocators. They do not come only or primarily to take, receive, or be helped. They come to give and share knowledge, experience, and skills. They come to assist others while simultaneously assisting themselves and being assisted.

Being a successful member of ClimateSafe Villages requires a good alignment with the organization's values and philosophy and a sincere personal commitment. It also requires the willingness to continue learning, evolve and change, and be a productive community member willing to make the necessary sacrifices for the future. 

Without finding and focusing on reasonably intelligent, skilled individuals with balanced and reciprocating natures, building ClimateSafe Villages worldwide would be impossible to achieve before climate change consequences make things too unstable. If you are a natural reciprocator with a collaborative and cooperative nature, you will love ClimateSafe Villages and feel at home with others of a similar nature.

And finally, ClimateSafe Villages is also not the project of any single individual or group. A single individual or group could never achieve it. It is an open-access vision and project that is the goal and the creation of every prudent individual who protects themselves, their families, their communities, our unique and critical biological systems, our world, and the best of our diverse cultures and civilization. Everyone who does show up is helping to protect themselves and our future from the climate change emergency and the worsening of most of the world's other 11 serious global crises. 

ClimateSafe Villarges is not "our" project. It is your project if you see its merits and choose to join with others of similar minds and spirits to prepare for what we can no longer avoid. 

One critical quality that is essential to all areas of ClimateSafe Villages' success.

High-level adaptability will be critical to our success in continually changing conditions. If our communities survive, they must become super-evolutionary and super-adaptable by doing what the most successful system that has ever existed does.

1.  We must also experiment while we adapt.
2. We must listen attentively and quickly to the feedback coming from any situation or experiment.
3. We must then use that feedback to tinker or tweak that situation or experiment to a higher success level or use that information to move on to a new and better-suited situation or experiment for the ever-changing conditions

The above might be the core lesson of evolution (experiment, adapt, evolve) and the core success formula of evolution. Many CSV communities worldwide experimenting and adapting in many different locations and conditions will be our best guarantee that something will survive and carry on the beauty, truth, and goodness of humanity and our evolving civilization.

A multitude of experiments with slightly different or large mutations is how evolution "guarantees" something from all of its many experiments will be better suited sooner or later to the conditions in which the experiment is found. 


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10. How to Join Any One of Our Four ClimateSave village Models

If you have read enough and see the value and need for our various ClimateSafe Villages models, please join and help with this worthy and meaningful work. We invite everyone interested to help us grow and enhance our eco-community models with your ideas, wisdom, and efforts.

If we cooperate and get started now, we can still be prepared for the critical 2025-2031 threshold. From 2025-2031, climate change consequences will go from their current linear progression into an exponential progression because many climate change tipping points will be crossed, and climate feedback loops will be triggered.

Here are the most critical initial areas where new members, volunteers, and especially project managers are needed. These areas are law, fund-raising, finance, eco-friendly architectural community design, online and offline education, sustainable general contracting, construction, plumbing, electrical, administrative management, recruiting and human resources, medical services, wellness services, therapeutic psychological services, internet security, software design, permaculture, organic gardening, animal husbandry, and public relations. 



ClimateSafe Villages is now very active with hundreds of people from all of the world now involved. Here are the four simple steps for your to learn more and get started:

Step 1. Sign up for the Job One for Humanity climate change alerts mailing list by clicking here.

Step 2. Please email ClimateSafe Villages at ([email protected]). Tell us which model of the four eco-community models you want to join.

Step 3. In that email, be sure to let us know which location you are in now or which location you plan to move to so we can connect you with others working in or near that location.

Step 4. In that email, let us know any skill or experience you have that could be helpful to any needed skill or knowledge area mentioned on our six ClimateSafe Villages pages. 

Once the team at ClimateSafe Villages receives your email, they will get back to you, let you know your next membership application steps, and, as applicable, connect you with the CSV community location project leader in the area closest to you or the area you may want to move to.  

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11. Other Pages in the ClimateSafe Village Guide

Page 1: Introduction, Overview, and Goals

Page 2: ClimateSafe Village Qualities, Processes, Income Sources, and Safeguards

Page 3: The Four ClimateSafe Village Models and Their Operations

Page 4: Our New Personal Democracy ClimateSafe Village Management Model

Page 5: About ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham, a Unique Rural ClimateSafe Village

Page 6: Our The ClimateSafe Villages Bellingham ClimateSafe Village Application Process

Appendix Materials

The ClimateSafe Village Social Contract Page

Online Rules for Our Virtual ClimateSafe Village

Procedures and Policies for Exiting Our ClimateSafe Villages or Applying for Membership 

Personal Democracy White Paper

The ClimateSafe Villages Issues FAQ of frequently asked questions for only issues directly relating to ClimateSafe Villages issues.

The ClimateSafe Villages Climate FAQ of frequently asked questions for every question you have about climate change.

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



Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit ClimateSafe Villages 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.

For answers to all of your questions about climate change and global warming, click here for our new climate change FAQ. It has over one hundred of the most asked questions and answers about climate change.

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