The Ecovillage on Enright Ridge has a specific focus, the city.  More than half of people now live in cities.*  To be sustainable we first need to stay clustered in these cities or we will spread out and destroy land that is needed for agriculture, for other species and for beauty and awe.  There are many ecovillages worldwide, but most of them were built from the ground up, and in rural areas.  While these are extremely valuable, our focus is to develop an ecovillage in the city. We are not starting from the ground up, but we are working to convert a typical, existing city neighborhood to a livable, ecologically centered place. To be sustainable, we need to use the present structures and layout of existing neighborhoods in our cities.  Ecologically, we cannot afford to build everything new from virgin resources. In truth, our existing cities and neighborhoods can become wonderful, sustainable places to live. This is part of a new story.

A large percentage of Homo Sapiens have evolved over thousands of years to believe that the Earth is here for our species, that we are superior to all other species and no other species have rights. With this attitude we have been able to significantly increase our population.  However, in the process we have plundered and destroyed many species and are harming many of Earth’s capacities to support our own species.  It is not being done out of hate and hostility but out of a story that worked for humans, but is no longer working and could lead to our own destruction. 

We are at a time in history when we need to develop a new story about Earth.  The new story needs to understand our total interdependence on Earth.  It needs to reflect on the amazement of Earth and the honor we have been given to be the Earth conscious of itself.  This story needs to underlie all the decisions we make.  We will do this not out of guilt or fear but out of our stunned amazement at the wonder of Earth.  We need to develop the new story very quickly. The Urban Ecovillage is part of this new story.

INTERNSHIP

In ECOVILLAGE ON ENRIGHT RIDGE (http://www.communityearthalliance.org)
CINCINNATI, OHIO

April or May to September 30, 2021 

You will have the unique opportunity to live and work in an urban ecovillage homestead, learn gardening, work with other ecovillage residents and with a permaculture project as well as spend time in nature.

This urban ecovillage is located just seven minutes from downtown Cincinnati. The ecovillage is in an existing 100 year old neighborhood.  It is an experiment in making our cities ecological places to live.

YOU WILL WORK 24 HOURS PER WEEK AS AN ECOVILLAGE INTERN:

Responsibilities:

To do whatever tasks are required to maintain the homestead.  Such as:

  • Helping keep up their gardens
  • Food preservation
  • Clearing fence rows and controlling weeds
  • Work on the forest garden
  • Straightening, painting, cleaning

Also:

  • Help with educating people about urban ecovillages.  Help with:
    • Ecovillage podcast
    • Publishing and marketing book on ecovillage
  • Assist others in the ecovillage when needed.
  • Work on a Permaculture project
  • Assist Community Earth Alliance with its projects.
  • Work with the Rights of Nature movement
  • Opportunity to spend time in nature, with other ecovillagers and for personal growth.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Comfortable working outdoors in hot, buggy, muggy, rainy or muddy situations, and in beautiful weather.
  • Are responsible, self-driven and open to working with a team but also on your own.
  • An interest in learning about alternative lifestyles based on a love for Earth.
  • Interested in learning about the ecovillage
  • Computer skills. Ability to work on websites would be helpful

COMPENSATION

Intern will be offered housing, plus a $60 per week stipend and an opportunity to learn.

If you are a college student and are interested in gaining credit for this experience we would be willing to work with your college or university to make this happen.

Contact:

Jim Schenk

553 Enright Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45205

513-921-1932

jschenk@imagoearth.org

Comments from interns from previous year:

This position is perfect for any individual interested in living a sustainable lifestyle, and learning how to better do so.  It is a nourishing environment to learn, as with it comes access to many individuals with a broad range of knowledge and talents that are eager to talk about and teach them. Being an intern means that you are available to help with odd jobs that may arise, so flexibility and an open mind to learning new skills is helpful. I would highly recommend this position for individuals who are eager to learn and willing to work. You will acquire new skills and a unique and priceless experience in return.

And:

It is an amazing experience.  It is real immersion so need to be willing to work after hours.  The work itself isn’t difficult but it takes time and dedication.

You’ll meet a lot of incredible people and become part of the community. 

You can get out of it what you want, as long as you know what you want out of it.

It’s nothing like working in an office. You have to enjoy getting dirty.

It is definitely worth it.

RIGHTS OF NATURE MOVEMENT

The Rights of Nature movement is the first movement I’ve found in 40 years that places nature in its rightful place – seeing us as part of the Earth – while also gaining a foothold across the planet. To this end we have begun a Rights of the Ohio River group. Our goal is to get legal entities like cities along the Ohio River along with states to recognize the rights of the Ohio River. In recognizing these rights they accept that the Ohio River has personhood statis. This gives the River the possibility within our legal system to demand that the legal entities, corporations and individuals have the responsibility to treat the Ohio River with respect. It gives the Ohio River the right to sue if it this doesn’t happen. We have given Corporations these type of rights and they don’t even truly exist, while the living breathing Earth around us is deprived of their rights even being recognized.

About Citizens for Rights of the Ohio River Watershed (CROW):

CROW is working to legalize the rights of the Ohio River Watershed. In our current system of law, natural resources such as rivers, mountains, flora, and fauna, have no legal standing. While Native peoples recognize our interconnection with all life systems, our current U.S. legal system does not. Legalized as property, our life-supporting ecosystems are increasingly abused and exploited for profit; and we risk destroying the Earth’s capacity to sustain us. Growing industrial pressure on governments weakens regulatory protections, and corporations are steadily usurping the rights of local communities to defend their natural ecosystems. Consequently, the communities that dwell along our Ohio River have witnessed the source of their drinking water turn into the most polluted river in the country. This documentary emboldens local communities like ours to give voice to ecosystems that are increasingly sickened by the drilling, tunneling, extraction, and poisoning. We, the Citizens for Rights of the Ohio River Watershed, recognize and affirm the rights and responsibilities of communities to protect our own health and safety and the inherent rights of the Ohio River Watershed to thrive, regenerate, and floourish.

To join the Rights of the Ohio River group or to learn more about it go to our facebook page, Citizens for Rights of the Ohio River and/or contact Jim Schenk at jschenk@imagoearth.org

CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Foundation) has created a “Democracy School” to help people understand the problem with our present system to protect the Earth community.

Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating virtual course that teaches and activates an empowering new approach about how to re-frame exhausting and often discouraging single-issue work – such as opposing fracking, over-development, and pesticides, or advocating for worker rights, housing access, and protecting water – in a way that we can confront corporate control and government interference on a powerful front: the people’s right of local self-governance and Nature’s rights.

Democracy School is open to anyone – but we recommend finding a school hosted within your community to create meaningful dialogue and networking around the issues that are most important to you and your community.

You can watch a Democracy School if you go to CELDF on Youtube.

COMMUNITY EARTH ALLIANCE – WHAT WE BELIEVE.

We are Earth, and learning to live in community can help us remember.

We need to see ourselves as part of this amazing Earth, not as the owners and users of the Earth.  Community Earth Alliance hopes to help people learn to fall in love with the Earth, which is really no different than falling in love with ourselves, because all of us are Earth.   We, CEA, have focused a lot of our energy on housing, the place where we live, but we also strive to see every part of our lives as a celebration of interacting with our fellow Earthlings.  How do we, with every action we take, enhance the Earth, and thus enhance ourselves?  This is what we need to learn to do in a culture that believes we can own the Earth as if it is separate from ourselves.  I am Earth and all the plants and animals, rocks and water, are all part of me and I am part of them.  As Thomas Berry says, “we are the Earth, conscious of itself’.  We can truly celebrate our deep connection.  We really are one. 

And this is what Community Earth Alliance hopes to share.  It is seeing ourselves in this community of humans but also of all species that will help us become aware of our oneness.

We especially do this through our assisting Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage to become a model of living sustainable in an urban setting. This is critical now with over half of our species now living in cities.

We are also doing this through our awareness that all species are part of our community, and so helping people recognize the right of the natural world is a focus we are also taking.

Jim Schenk, Community Earth Alliance Director