The Mission of Climate Safe Villages (CSV) is to form climate change resilient and sustainable communities worldwide, founded in our commitment to respond and adapt to the urgent challenges of the climate crisis and its economic impact. Read more about our mission here.
Nowhere on Earth will be 100% safe from all climate change consequences. But we can create climate-safer locations and communities using the practices of climate change preparation, adaptation, and resilience building. ClimateSafe Villages will help you make wherever you live as climate-safe as possible using these practices.
The ClimateSafe Villages aims to scale up resilient and eco-friendly models to communities across the world. To achieve these goals, the project presents three pathways to tackle climate change through sustainable, community-focused living: the Virtual, the Rural Model Network including CSV Bellingham, and Urban models. Each one is designed to address unique contexts, opportunities, and challenges in creating resilient communities in the face of our climate crisis. Click on the images below to see more detail. Read more about the models here, or click on the images below to go to more details about each model.
The Virtual Community, leveraging the power of digital connectivity, assembles a global community of climate-conscious individuals and groups on a shared online platform. This model promotes global cooperation, knowledge sharing, and inclusivity, enabling collective action against climate change without geographical limitations.
The rural model, including our first site CSV Bellingham, is the pioneering flagship of the project, presenting a comprehensive rural eco-village that operates as a proof of concept for sustainable, resilient living. It further extends its impact through an associated network of ClimateSafe Villages in various regions, creating a global community interconnected through shared principles and knowledge.
The Urban Model focuses on the transformation of city spaces into climate-resilient habitats, integrating sustainable practices into city living. It presents a solution for urban dwellers to adopt sustainable lifestyles and fosters 'urban resilience' in the face of climate-related disruptions.
Project Timeline and Plan
Phase 1: Purchase of land for the first CSV Bellingham Village site, staffing, and procurement of architectural plans (1 year)
Planning the first prototype Village (in process)
- Decide on the founder(s) of the village and articulate its unique vision.
- Develop a compelling mission statement, encapsulating environmental, social, and economic goals.
- Pinpoint the target location and estimate the village member density.
- Initiate search for suitable land and refine selection based on optimal locations.
Creation of an "Initial" Social Contract:
- Establish the village’s goals, rules, social, economic, and business culture, setting the stage for a thriving community.
Human Resources Planning:
- Create the village member screening method, laying the groundwork for a robust and diverse community.
Phase 2: Construction of prototype unit, and roll out of the Urban Model Network (1-2 years)
Village Operational Planning:
- Develop architectural plans for the prototype unit and overall village design.
- Plan for the development of essential infrastructure such as power systems, communication infrastructure, water, sewer, and trash utilities.
Human Resources Execution:
- Begin active recruitment and member education courses, building a committed group of village residents.
Phase 3: Expansion of CSV Bellingham to include 20 additional units and community structures (2-5 years)
Village Construction and Expansion:
- Carry out construction of 20 additional units and community structures based on the prototype design.
- Continue to refine and adapt the village’s architectural plans as necessary.
Village Operational Execution:
- Implement social support education and individual education, nurturing a harmonious and resilient community.
- Roll out community employment and social services, fostering a thriving local economy.
Phase 4: Construction of additional Network Villages, in new geographic areas. (2-5 years)
Expansion into New Areas:
- Apply lessons learned from CSV Bellingham to plan for the creation of new villages in different geographic areas.
- Begin land procurement and planning process in new areas.
Continued Operational Execution and Refinement:
- Adapt the operational execution to the unique needs of the new villages, tailoring education, employment, and services to the local context.
- Nurture the arts, beautification, and recreation opportunities in new villages, fostering vibrant and thriving communities.
Who We Are
Peter Carter, Board of Directors
Peter was an expert reviewer for the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) fifth climate change assessment (AR5, 2014) and the IPCC’s 2018 Special Report on 1.5ºC. In 2018, he published Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival, which he co-authored with Elizabeth Woodworth. He is published on climate change, biodiversity, and environmental health.
Peter has been synthesizing global warming and climate change research since 1988. His approach to assessing climate change is based on environmental health and human rights protection. Peter’s mission now is to spread the full truth about the extreme risks and magnitude of the global climate and ocean disruption emergency and the emergency response required.
Peter was a founding director of CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment) and, more recently, founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. Peter Carter, M.D. currently is a retired family and emergency medicine physician, with a background in environmental health protection policy.
To see a list of climate presentations or published papers by Peter Carter, click here. His list is about 3/4 down the page.
Leonora Camner, Executive Director
A mother of two, Leonora is an experienced nonprofit leader with over five years of experience running multiple nonprofits, including in housing advocacy and democracy reform. Previously, she was Executive Director of Abundant Housing LA. Living in Santa Monica with her family, she brings a compassionate and community-driven approach to our organization.
Lawrence Wollersheim, Board of Directors
Lawrence Wollersheim, a Director of ClimateSafe Villages and the Executive Director of Job One for Humanity since 2008, is a seasoned social advocate with a rich background in business operations and information technology. His expertise in system theory and dialectical metasystemic analysis aids in his climate research, where he scrutinizes various studies for errors, omissions, and patterns. Wollersheim's legal victory in one of the largest California SLAPP lawsuits has been instrumental in protecting non-profit organizations from meritless lawsuits. He also serves on the staff of the Universe Institute and Universe Day, and is a director of Universe Spirit, contributing significantly to the development of the Universe Evolutionary Worldview and other Evolutioneer programs. Earlier in his career, he founded HealthKeeper Inc., where he designed software for individuals with dietary and nutritional needs. Wollersheim, a polymath and autodidact, has dedicated his life to the balanced relationship of science and healthy personal spirituality, writing extensively about unhealthy spiritual practices. His dyslexia, he believes, has contributed to his sense of humor and humility in his personal life and creative social advocacy work.