The book, is an imaginative literature of fiction, but the case study of the it’s ecological sustainable society is based on research results, innovations, & scientific reports. Today we are still attempting to manifest the continuity of it’s concept. It has been almost 40 years since Callenbach illustrated the first glimpses of Ecotopia, but we still have much to overcome. Though emerging, Ecotopia is at large still just an ecological Utopia in our society today.
On the 12th of March 2012, only one month prior to his passing (April 16, 2012) and just 2 months to our official opening of “Ecotopia på Österlen” (May 12, 2012), we received our last communication from Ernest Callenbach himself:
…the Ecotopia på Osterlen project sounds marvelous, part of a global network of experiments in doing things in new and more sustainable ways. In a lecture I gave in Freiburg two years ago, I likened this process to biological “succession”. I wish you all the best of luck. And make sure, in the Ecotopian spirit, that you keep on having fun…best wishes.