From 1971 to 1991, The New Alchemy Institute conducted research and education on behalf of the planet :
“Among our major tasks is the creation of ecologically derived human support systems—renewable energy, agriculture aquaculture, housing and landscapes. The strategies we research emphasize a minimal reliance on fossil fuels and operate on a scale accessible to individuals, families and small groups. It is our belief that ecological and social transformations must take place at the lowest functional levels of society if humankind is to direct its course towards a greener, saner world.”
“Our programs are geared to produce not riches, but rich and stable lives, independent of world fashion and the vagaries of international economics. The New Alchemists work at the lowest functional level of society on the premise that society, like the planet itself, can be no healthier than the components of which it is constructed. The urgency of our efforts is based on our belief that the industrial societies which now dominate the world are in the process of destroying it.”
—Fall 1970 Bulletin of the New Alchemists
New Alchemist Journals and other bulletins and reports from the New Alchemy Institute are now available as free downloadable PDFs from http://www.thegreencenter.net/
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I am so hoping you are related to the book, “The New Alchemists”! I just pulled that book off my shelf to read yet again… so much information in it!!! Is there follow-up information available as to the outcome of the project?
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