Gaia Eco-village is an ecological community in Argentina based on the principles of permaculture, or living in a way that works with nature rather than against it.
Gustavo Ramirez, who has lived at Gaia for the past 18 years, acknowledges the challenges of this model, namely that it requires a lot of space.
Houses cannot have more than one floor, and swathes of land are needed to cultivate vegetables and medicinal plants.
Given these realities, “the Buenos Aires population [16 million people] could only live in 20 percent of the Pampa in Argentina,” he said. The Pampas are fertile South American lowlands.
Still, it's a start in the right direction. Here's a glimpse of Gaia: