“Farkha, a small village of around 1,500 people in the northern West Bank known for its Communist organisation, is set to be Palestine’s first member of the Global Ecovillage Network…..
“Baker Qambaz is the mayor of Farkha, as well as being a founding member of the town’s organic olive oil cooperative. He is one of the primary forces behind the move for Farkha to become an eco-village.
“The people who most need to unite in this world are the reds and the greens,” he told al-Araby, gazing out from the balcony of his home over a terraced mountainside studded with ancient olive trees.
“An eco-village is defined as a community which is aiming to become socially, economically and environmentally sustainable: harmlessly integrating human activities into the natural world in a way that could continue indefinitely.
“It is the love of life and the belief in the advancement of humanity that unites communists and environmentalists globally,” Qambaz said. “Honest and determined people who are prepared to stand for what they believe in can create a better world. I do believe that.”
Pictured here from GEN are summiteers A’ida Shibli and Kosha Joubert.
Read the full story by Alice Gray….