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What is EcoSur?

Who are we and what motivates us?

EcoSur is an Argentinian registered foundation located in the province of Mendoza, in a rural place called Colonia Rusa at 37 kilometres from General Alvear.

The area can only rely in agriculture-based economy, without much resources or technological activity, and is currently being one of the most depopulating zone in Argentina.

However the climate is very dry with late frosting and harsh storms, the soil is fertile, several farmers are even cultivating organically and a strong environmental consciousness is shared by the population.

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/0MOh5mlnSGg”][ess_grid alias=”presentation_gallery”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1428160984349{padding-right: 15px !important;}”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Our goals” heading_tag=”h3″ alignment=”right” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”middle” line_height=”2″ line_color=”#1a1a1a” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:20px;” line_width=”50″ spacer_margin=”margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;”]Becoming a self-sustainable multicultural community, a place where human unity can be realized and thrive in harmony with the environment above all ideologies, nationalities and creeds.

Starting a bottom-up initiative by building by and for common people with limited material resources.

Sharing our experiences, expertise and insights back into the local activities and the World to contribute to establishing new paradigms for human life on the planet.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1428161012890{padding-left: 15px !important;}”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Our way” heading_tag=”h3″ alignment=”left” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”middle” line_height=”2″ line_color=”#1a1a1a” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:20px;” line_width=”50″ spacer_margin=”margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;”]We will explore modern and ancient technologies to achieve sustainable and affordable housing, organic agriculture, and renewable energies, with the overarching long-term goal of reducing its overall carbon footprint toward a minimum.

We will ensure a horizontal social organization without hierarchies, which will guarantee a decent quality of life to everyone, where every individual enjoys the same rights, collectively determining the forms of leadership that will decide the future of the community.

A land of 130 acres is dedicated to the project and can be enlarged if necessary.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1428250941280{margin-top: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1428246812926{padding-right: 15px !important;}”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Environmental consciousness” heading_tag=”h3″ alignment=”right” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”middle” line_height=”2″ line_color=”#1a1a1a” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:20px;” line_width=”50″ spacer_margin=”margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;”]We focus on rising environmental consciousness, specifically in a local scale.

We want to galvanise the local region through different activities, turning a poor region with low resources but strong environmental consciousness into a dynamic stronghold for environmental defence and practices.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1428246837902{padding-left: 15px !important;}”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Our key values” heading_tag=”h3″ alignment=”left” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”middle” line_height=”2″ line_color=”#1a1a1a” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:20px;” line_width=”50″ spacer_margin=”margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;”] Imagination is more important than knowledge

To committed people led by achieving the common good nothing is impossible

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How

How do we plan to achieve our goals?

We have put together several axes on which to work in order to achieve our objectives. We are convinced that applying these items will provoke a switch both in the life conditions on targeted population and in their mindset regarding human relationship and their relation with our environment.

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1428258643250{padding-right: 15px !important;}”][info_list position=”right” icon_color=”#1a1a1a” font_size_icon=”30″][info_list_item list_title=”Use of sustainable resources” list_icon=”Defaults-sun-o” animation=”bounceIn” info_list_link_apply=”container” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:25px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:16px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:22px;” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff” info_list_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Feco-sur.org%2F2017%2F10%2F22%2Fhow-do-we-plan-to-achieve-our-goals%2F||target:%20_blank|”]We experiment techniques, innovations and insights to draw the best potential from the natural resources that are available.[/info_list_item][/info_list][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1428258663511{padding-left: 15px !important;}”][info_list icon_color=”#1a1a1a” 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desc_font_size=”desktop:16px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:22px;” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff” info_list_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Feco-sur.org%2F2017%2F10%2F22%2Fhow-do-we-plan-to-achieve-our-goals%2F||target:%20_blank|”]We will create a high quality free education center for children in this remote area, which will first focus on human and child development.[/info_list_item][/info_list][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1428258740052{padding-right: 15px !important;}”][info_list position=”right” icon_color=”#1a1a1a” font_size_icon=”30″][info_list_item list_title=”Organic agriculture” list_icon=”Defaults-leaf” animation=”bounceIn” info_list_link_apply=”container” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:25px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:16px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:22px;” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff” info_list_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Feco-sur.org%2F2017%2F10%2F22%2Fhow-do-we-plan-to-achieve-our-goals%2F||target:%20_blank|”]We  work on farming organic in order to feed the community, show a working example and share the knowledge we will have gathered.[/info_list_item][/info_list][info_list position=”right” icon_color=”#1a1a1a” font_size_icon=”30″][info_list_item list_title=”Foresting” list_icon=”Defaults-tree” animation=”bounceIn” info_list_link_apply=”container” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:25px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:16px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:22px;” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff” info_list_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Feco-sur.org%2F2017%2F10%2F22%2Fhow-do-we-plan-to-achieve-our-goals%2F||target:%20_blank|”]We want to induce a change in local climate and biodiversity by creating a dense forest that will help balancing humidity and weather natural 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Projects

Our priorities and current projects

Due to the nature of our objectives, this is a long term project. To attain the set objectives it is crucial to respect the natural rhythm of each of them. Some are to be pursued since the beginning, as the experimentations about ecological housing, reuse of waste, renewable energy, forestation, etc., while others will develop themselves with time and experience along with the growing of the community and foundation.

This is why we have prioritized certain aspects in which we will move forward first.

  • Building the network and the structure which will be the catalyst of information spreading,
  • Building the first Earthship inspired building to give access to this high potential design to everyone,
  • Experimenting use of sun and wind energy for all purposes suited from electricity to cooking,
  • Building an organic trademark, producing long lasting alimentary goods and helping local farmers to valorise their organic products through short distribution circuit,
  • Start a production of ecological goods by the residents and volunteers while showing the potential of reusing waste.

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Want to help us?

You are the ones who make us going forward!

Such a project is before all moved by the people that will join it. The global vision has been set but is only a blank page that needs to be filled with the best possible answers.

Therefore every individual from all the imaginable experiences is welcome to join and participate to the brainstorm and the work. To reach good answers we need to share what different experiences, cultures, ideas and qualities can bring together. This incredible mix in a constructive atmosphere will be the trigger that will lift the project and its purpose toward better answers, realisations and greater impact in the world.

We need you to help us achieve our goals. Today’s objectives are anything but unmovable, and can be updated by any new contribution that will help us to move forward.

Thank you !

All the accomplishments we have been able to reach until now wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing help of volunteers coming from all over the world and help from organizations and institutions.

We will never say it enough : thank you all!

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Achievements / News / Posts

Here are the latest news, blog post, videos, achievements

You will find below some testimonies of our everyday life, of the realization of some of the projects we might document for you or some insights of volunteers that came through.

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It was great to learn about this project and to be able to have been part of it. Seeing so many people work on something like this is truly inspiring and makes me believe in a prosperous futur.

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The longer I’ve stayed here the harder it actually is to leave this place. Keep going with this great project and I’m looking forward to return to this place someday in the future!

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Thank you for your incredible stay. It has been absolutely life changing, to be given an insight into what you want this place to become is an experience that we will never forget.

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Gracias para una experiencia inolvidable. Era verdaderamente único y especial. Mucha suerte por todo.

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