Second Freedom; when my village becomes self-responsible

6.1 Environmental
A village community must develop and have a futuristic vision about its environment. It must participate positively in the global effort to fight environmental degradation and global warming. The vision must guide its entire decision-making and provide clarity in the minds of the average citizen in the village about this priority. Commitment toward environmental protection must be demonstrated in the great lengths to which the village will go to take care of the environment.
Relevance:         Global climate change cannot be tackled by the nations and the companies that have ... already done huge damage to the world. The effort must come from local communities all over the world. If every community has a vision for taking care of its environment, the cumulative effect will achieve much more than what national leaders can even dream of. Every community must play its role in undoing what the human race has done so far.

Nonetheless, the benefits of environment protection are directly realizable by the village itself. Protection of the environment eventually leads to health, wellness, sustenance of the community and even enduring commercial success. It takes foresight and long-term commitment, but the benefits are certain. Moreover, it is a good example to set for the next generations. Raising the environment in priority is an obvious sign of the advancement of that village.

Detailed Rationale:         Such environmental aims will differ in content for forest villages, desert villages, ... archaeological villages, snowbound villages, swamp villages, tourist villages, seashore villages, etc. However, the inherent principle will be the same. The village will have a vision about the environment and develop a clear plan on how best to fulfill the vision.

The commitment will be initially measured in the goals when set; but as time goes by, it will be on the basis of commitment to the goals and the practical achievements in that direction.

Success Stories and Action:
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The village must have clear team goals regarding the aims of checking soil erosion, growing trees, finding alternatives to fuel wood, checking runoff water, raising the water table, improving the fertility of land, developing self-sufficiency in alternate energy, waste disposal, organic fertilizer, organic pesticide, etc. Guidance from experts must be taken in formulating the environmental goals.

The benchmark for this vision should be ‘better land, water, resources and environment for the future generations’. The vision must be something voluntary and expressive of freedom. It cannot be forced onto a village. At best, external agencies will facilitate the generation of the vision by offering templates, which the village administration can adapt to its own needs.

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