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The "leading edges" his main ideas for Ecotopian values and practices were patterns in actual social experimentation taking place in the American West.
Callenbach placed the genesis of Ecotopia with an article he researched and wrote titled "The Scandal of Our Sewage". The scientific discoveries Novel book reports the fields of ecology and conservation biology. The urban-ecology movement, concerned with a new approach to urban planning.
The soft-energy movement, championed by Amory Lovins and others. Much of the environmentally benign energy, homebuilding, and transportation technology described by the author was based on his reading of research findings published in such journals as Scientific American and Science.
Members of his fictional society prefer to demonstrate a conscious selectivity toward technology, so that not only human health and sanity might be preserved, but also social and ecological wellbeing. They turned to politics because it was finally the only route to self-preservation.
Plot summary[ edit ] The book is set in 25 years in the future from and consists of diary entries and reports of journalist William Weston, who is the first American mainstream media reporter to investigate Ecotopia, a small country that broke away from the United States in Prior to Weston's reporting, most Americans had been barred from entering the new country, which is depicted as being on continual guard against revanchism.
The new nation of Ecotopia consists of Northern CaliforniaOregonand Washington ; it is hinted that Southern California is a lost cause. The novel takes its form as a narrative from Weston's diary in combination with dispatches that he transmits to his publication, the fictional Times-Post.
Together with Weston who at the beginning is curious about, but not particularly sympathetic to the Ecotopiansthe reader learns about the Ecotopian transportation system and the preferred lifestyle that includes a wide range of gender roles, sexual freedomand acceptance of non-monogamous relationships.
Liberal cannabis use is evident. Televised mass-spectacle sports are displaced due to a preference for local arts, participatory sports, and general fitness.
Some Ecotopians participate in a peculiar ritual of voluntary mock warfare, fought with actual weapons and often resulting in injuries.
Ecotopia has tolerated the voluntary separatism of many people of African descent who have, in fact, chosen to live in a mini-nation in the San Francisco East Bay-area. Ecotopian society has favored decentralized and renewable energy production and green building construction.
The citizens are technologically creative, while remaining involved with and sensitive to nature. Thorough-going education reform is described, along with a highly localized system of universal medical care. The narrator discovers that Ecotopian healing practices may include sexual stimulation.
The national defense strategy has focused on developing a highly advanced arms industry, while also allegedly maintaining hidden WMD within major US population centers to discourage conquest and annexation.
Through Weston's diary we learn of observations he does not include in his columns, such as his personally transformative love affair with an Ecotopian woman. The book's parallel narrative structures allow the reader to see how Weston's internal reflections, as recorded in his diary, are diffracted in his external pronouncements to his readers.
Despite Weston's initial reservations, throughout the novel Ecotopian citizens are characterized as clever, technologically resourceful, emotionally expressive, and even occasionally violent — but also socially responsible, patriotic.
They often live in extended families, and tend to live by choice in ethnically separated localities. Their economic enterprises are generally employee-owned and -controlled. The current governmental administration that of a woman-led but not exclusively female party, and government structures are highly decentralized.
The novel concludes with Weston's finding himself enchanted by Ecotopian life and deciding to stay in Ecotopia as its interpreter to the wider world.Get the details on what these assignments entail and how to write a great book report.
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