Eco communities is a rather loosely defined term used to describe people coming together to live intentionally and purposefully in a community of like-minded people who hold many Earth-friendly values and principles at their core. These communities vary in their beliefs, composition, goals, responsibilities and size. However, they most often tend to focus on living a simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle that has less of an impact on the world around them while striving to achieve more autonomy by meeting more of their needs within their communities. Other terms used to describe such communities include intentional communities and eco-villages.
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