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can we make nature and city camping a growing life movement? can we shorten the loop to nature in food, work, housing?



1. I want to grow my own food, build my own house, live in a natural area and live off the land.

City camping would be acceptable if there were less stigma, and maybe more nature around.

can camping life be seen as acceptable and grown instead of labeled homeless and stigmatized?

right now it is stigmatized as homelessness. but add some fruit trees and public bathrooms and it is sustainable and livable. can we accommodate rewilding as a culture?

2. We can add a spectrum of infrastructure that allows shorter loop to nature.  Free, simple public bathrooms and free maintained community gardens and fruit trees in office parks and suburbs would shorten the loop to nature and reduce a lot of food packaging and transportation.

2a. Humans need to be self sufficient like animals again.  We need to learn to build shelter and grow and harvest our own food.  Can we change culture to return back to basics?  IKEA could sell ecotents or ecoshelters.


Is this proposal for a practice or a project?


What actions do you propose?

embrace and normalize 'homelessness' or tent living for its sustainability and self sufficiency and efficiency - social and cultural movements.

add zoning to allow city camping and national park camping along with government maintained fruit and nut gardens to feed people for free and without infrastructure.

create more national park like areas where people can camp for life if they like.

encourage this eco living by setting up govt programs.

Who will take these actions?

cities and governments set up new zones and rewilding efforts. citizens take part and encourage govt action through petition and social media.

Where will these actions be taken?

Cities across the developed world.  It is a bridge to developing countries too, that can be adopted. 


In addition, specify the country or countries where these actions will be taken.

United States

Country 2

United Kingdom

Country 3


Country 4


Country 5



What impact will these actions have on greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapting to climate change?

Improve land use for housing and work zones by decreasing amount of space per person. Greatly reduce personal and food transportation emissions. Reduce food packaging emissions. Reduce home manufacturing and maybe even tent manufacturing emissions.

What are other key benefits?

Reduce dependency on GDP and money. 

Bring people closer to nature, which improves mental and community health.


What are the proposal’s projected costs?

Challenge is adoption of paradigm away from economy and GDP and making money, towards living healthier, more simply, closer to nature, and with less.

Making 'homelessness' or tent living acceptable.

Getting rid of or reducing the 9 to 5 infrastructure. 

Getting people to let go of stuff and embrace a simpler life.


Short term: early adopters learn to grow food and build houses again, creating a social and knowledge base.

Medium term: mass adoption creates drops in emissions, emissions peak

Long term: free from carbon debt, majority live in smaller housing 


About the author(s)

Engineer living in the us.  Previous housing and experiences include staying with strangers while traveling, trailer living, hostels, dorm rooms, coops, single family middle class housing.

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