La historia de una ecoaldea levantada en 10 años de trabajo duro- un Pueblo Fantasma medio en ruinas convertido en una Maravillosa Ecoaldea casi Utópica

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Este encantador pueblecito abandonado en los años 50 – 60 se ha convertido en una aldea casi utópica. Todas las casas estaban en ruinas y poco a poco gracias al esfuerzo de 20 valientes han reconstruido el pueblo. La ecología es uno de sus principales valores, en esta ecoaldea se cultivan sus frutas y verduras, crían sus pollos y cerdos de forma orgánica, sus casas están diseñadas de forma bioclimática. En general buscan vivir en armonía con la naturaleza pero sin dejar de lado la tecnología, ya que la aldea es 100% energéticamente autosuficiente, tienen placas solares, molinos de viento y una turbina.

 

 

It’s a utopian fantasy- discover a ghost town and rebuild it in line with your ideals-, but in Spain where there are nearly 3000 abandoned villages (most dating back to the Middle Ages), some big dreamers have spent the past 3 decades doing just that.

There are now a few dozen “ecoaldeas” – ecovillages – in Spain, most build from the ashes of former Medieval towns. One of the first towns to be rediscovered was a tiny hamlet in the mountains of northern Navarra.

Lakabe was rediscovered in 1980 by a group of people living nearby who had lost their goats and “when they found their goats, they found Lakabe”, explains Mauge Cañada, one of the early pioneers in the repopulation of the town.

The new inhabitants were all urbanites with no knowledge of country life so no one expected them to stay long. When they first began to rebuild, there was no road up to the town so horses were used to carry construction materials up the mountain. There was no electricity either so they lived with candles and oil lamps.

In the early years, they generated income by selling some of their harvest and working odd jobs like using their newfound construction experience to rebuild roofs outside town. Later they rebuilt the village bakery and sold bread to the outside world.

Their organic sourdough breads now sell so well that today they can get by without looking for work outside town, but it helps that they keep their costs at a minimum as a way of life. “There’s an austerity that’s part of the desire of people who come here,” explains Mauge. “There’s not a desire for consumption to consume. We try to live with what there is.”

Today, the town generates all its own energy with the windmill, solar panels and a water turbine. It also has a wait list of people who’d like to move in, but Mauge says the answer is not for people to join what they have created, but to try to emulate them somewhere else.

“If you set your mind to it and there’s a group of people who want to do it, physically they can do it, economically they can do it. What right now is more difficult is being willing to suffer hardship or difficulties or… these days people have a lot of trouble living in situations of shortage or what is seen as shortage but it isn’t.”
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primer comentarios:

Es muy bonito, pero siempre hay que tener en cuenta que sólo es viable para pequeños grupos marginales. Para hacer el acero necesario para su turbina eólica, los paneles solares, el cable eléctrico, los motores eléctricos, el vidrio plano, el plástico del invernadero, la ropa que llevan, las bicicletas de los niños, el acero del tobogán o resbaladilla y muchas cosas más que disfrutan y en cierto modo son esenciales para su proyecto, es necesario que afuera exista una sociedad científico-tecnológica que suministre esas cosas. Está muy bien irse a vivir al campo y disfrutar lo que consideran una experiencia espiritual, pero es demasiado simplista despreciar todo lo que te permite precisamente darte ese lujo, mismo que no se pudieron dar los que abandonaron la aldea hace 50 años.

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