PET is the charity for the Findhorn Ecovillage Community. Here’s PEThistory:
On behalf of the Community, between 2011 – 2015, PET managed a Youth Ecology Education Project financed by a £462,000 grant from the Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) for the Moray Junior Eco-Forum; it was also successfully taken overseas!
As part of one of our current main programs, from 2013 we raised funds for, and now own four flats which we manage as affordable housing (“Section 75”). We fully own two flats, which are dedicated to community elder care. Two other flats are under a shared ownership scheme. The total asset value of £625,738.
Do you or any of your friends dream of an accessible, affordable co-housing community?
A 2006 study of the Findhorn Eco-Community’s Ecological Footprint found an overall result of 2.71 gha/person, with guests achieving 2.10 gha/person. Combining the two results, gave a weighted ecological footprint of 2.56 gha per person, approximately 1/2 the UK average.
Definition of Ecological footprint: A measure of how much area of biologically productive land and water an individual, population or activity requires to produce all the resources it consumes and to absorb the waste it generates, using prevailing technology and resource management practices.
The Ecological Footprint is usually measured in global hectares (gha). Because trade is global, an individual or country’s Footprint includes land or sea from all over the world. Without further specification, Ecological Footprint generally refers to the Ecological Footprint of consumption.
In 2015, after PET’s participation at the COP21 at Paris, PET produced a first Carbon Footprint Assessment. This showed an average Findhorn Eco-Community Carbon Footprint of 9.5 tonnes/year – effectively the UK average.
Definition of Carbon footprint: A measure of how much CO2 emissions are associated with fossil energy use. When studying ecological footprints the carbon footprint is added because it is a competing use of bio-productive space, since increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is considered to represent a build-up of ecological debt, and is believed by the scientific community to be a primary driver of global warming.
What size CARBON-FOOTWEAR do YOU wear?
In 2016 the charity started to plan to build a further six affordable units within the Park. The social allocation process took place in April 2017 and the Community members’ house keys’ ETA is approx. end November 2017! Our asset value continues to rise.
What do Co-Housing-advantages mean for you?
The 2015 Carbon Footprint Report came out at roughly the UK average. The primary cause is air travel by Findhorn Foundation guests and Community residents.
In beginning 2017 PET took the decision to create a Carbon Offsetting Service which is currently being built so that the Ecovillage Community, wider Community members, guests and friends of the Findhorn Foundation can (i) learn to appreciate the actual £impact of our CO2 activities and (ii) truly start £o offset them — now!
Imagine: “GOOD” Instant Gratification ~
simultaneously increasing my awareness AND
neutralising the negative consequences of my actions!
Miracles continue to be worked upon and expected…