Gaviotas is a village in Colombia, South America. For four decades, Gaviotans have struggled to build an oasis of imagination and sustainability in the remote, barren savannas of eastern Colombia, an area ravaged by political instability. They have planted millions of trees, thus regenerating an indigenous rainforest. They farm organically and use wind and solar power. Every family enjoys free housing, community meals, and schooling. There are no weapons, no police, no jail. There is no mayor.
The United Nations named the village a model of sustainable development. Gabriel Garcia Marquez has called founder Paolo Lugari the "inventor of the world."
Paolo Lugari: A Renaissance Man
Link to 25-minute video
NPR Living on Earth
interview with Alan Weisman
October 17, 2008
In 2008 Chelsea Green Publishing released a 10th anniversary edition of Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World with an afterword by author Alan Weisman about how Gaviotas has evolved over the last decade.
Friends of Gaviotas was formed in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to facilitate periodic exchanges, such as the Gaviotas biodiesel project, workshops, and other projects.
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