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Pumalín Project's Social Work

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Beyond managing a large wilderness park, the Pumalín Project works toward realizing a compelling, replicable model of a more sane and thoughtful society, in which ecological and economic demands are met appropriately and thoughtfully. Wilderness and wildlife protection efforts can help solve ecological and social problems through new models of local economic activity in which demands on the ecosystem are of an appropriate scale and thoughtfully met. The project has produce food, energy, building materials, clothing, art and entertainment, and other necessities of life in a manner that supports local economies without degrading the landscape is the ultimate work for the twenty-first century. It is essential work to reduce humanity's impact on the global climate and natural ecosystems.

 

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The Pumalín Project aims to demonstrate how. This movement toward eco-localism has taken many forms, from using native materials and landscaping for buildings, to developing new methods of organic agriculture suited for a particular place, to pioneering alternative energy systems appropriately scaled to produce electricity for farms and park infrastructure.

Whatever the specific project or activity, the goal of eco-localism starts with asking certain questions: What type of human activity is appropriate to this particular place and will allow wildness to continue to flourish? What kind of economic activity is consistent with local cultural traditions, uses local labor and materials, and will help sustain community integrity over time? Beginning with these questions opens a conversation about values—ecological, social, economic—that is crucial to have if there is any chance of turning around the industrial growth juggernaut that is devouring the natural world.

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