In 2001, the Town of Craik and the Rural Municipality of Craik No. 222, in south central Saskatchewan, Canada, began working in partnership to develop a long-term plan for a sustainable community-based project. This partnership, called the Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP), emerged from a recognition of the need for local and tangible initiatives addressing climate change and the socio-economic revitalization of this rural community.
The idea of developing an ecovillage was put forward by Dr. Lynn Oliphant of the Prairie Institute for Human Ecology. A steering committee was formed, consisting of both Town and RM representation. The mayor of Craik at the this time was Rod Haugerud and the reeve of the R.M. of Craik #222 was Hilton Spencer. The town administrator was Shirley Eade, and the RM administrator was Tim Fox.
A wide range of sustainable alternatives related to land use, food and fibre production, shelter, energy generation and conservation, water and waste management, and recycling were featured in the four key initial activities of this project. These are the Eco-centre, Outreach and Education, Community Action, and the Eco-Village.
The CSLP also strives to serve as a model inspiring and enabling positive change in other communities in western Canada and elsewhere.
Vision Statement (updated 2013):
"Our society needs to develop ways of living that are economically viable and socially just which enhance the ecological base that sustains us and all other life on the planet. Community members will continue the journey that the town and R.M. of Craik have begun through the creation of the CSLP. Projects will be initiated and promoted that aim to revitalize the community by supporting the three pillars of sustainability - social, environmental and economic."
Goals of the CSLP (udated 2013)
1. Raise awareness about sustainable living, climate change, and healthy living.
2. Inspire and enable sustainable change in other communities by example.
3. Continue to build the profile of the community provincially, nationally and internationally.
4. Build upon the relationship of the CSLP with local people.
Vision Statement (2002)
"We believe that sustainability will become the dominant issue of the 21st century. Our society needs to develop ways of living that are economically viable and socially just which do not at the same time destroy the ecological base that sustains us and all other life on the planet. The Town and the Rural Municipality of Craik therefore, propose to embark on a joint long-term project in search of ways of living that address the issue of sustainability and rural revitalization through physical demonstration of viable solutions."
Goals of the CSLP (2001)
- Raise awareness about sustainable living and climate change
- Advance the use of ecologically sound technologies and ways of living
- Assist the community of Craik in becoming an "eco-community", inspiring and enabling change in other communities.
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