Want to make a visible difference while having fun camping? Member of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement come together and camp for varying lengths of time to restore agricultural and natural ecosystems.
Camp Altiplano, the first camp started in May 2017 and is up and running in Murcia, Spain. There was no infrastructure, so a steady stream of people have been coming to build the camp, transforming a a degraded wheat field into a new kind of ecological settlement. For its next location, Ecosystem Restoration Camps is teaming up with Regeneration International’s Mexico project, Via Organica Farm School training center outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Meanwhile, groups of inspired individuals are actively planning camps in Northern and Southern California.
Founder John D. Liu envisions a global network of Eco-Camps supporting the emergence of fully-functional, peaceful, abundant, biologically diverse Earth brought about through cooperative efforts for ecological restoration.
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The Ecocamp movement is for self-starters of all ages and backgrounds who love camping and want to engage in direct restoration action. Unified in the common purpose of restoring degraded land, each camp will differ. It all depends on the skills, talents and passions of the people who show up. At Spain's Camp Altiplano campers meet every morning to discuss the day's restoration and construction work and to assign daily tasks (cooking lunch and dinner, feeding the chickens, checking the compost). Altiplano Campers celebrated their first harvest by hosting a big festival where revelers enjoyed local foods, traditional crafts, and music. Poised to expand ANYWHERE land is degraded, the Ecosystem Restoration Camp movement provides a model for self-organized local restoration projects on a global scale.