Do you ever look at the world around you and think “Things just aren’t fair. It doesn’t have to be this way. Why are there people homeless while there are empty homes owned by foreign investors? Why are we destroying so much of the natural world – don’t we realise we can’t live without clean air, clean water, animals, good soil.”
I’ve been an idealist all my life and often have thoughts like this. I spent a lot of time protesting, shouting at the news, getting worked up about all that’s wrong in the world. Then I decided I should put my money where my mouth was and actually DO something. As I talked to people about this an idea emerged: why not create a community that demonstrated a different way to live.
Then it grew. Why not do that in one of the most deprived and blighted neighbourhoods? If you can do it there, you can do it anywhere. And anyway, who needs good homes, with low energy costs more?
That’s how the idea for MUEV came about – work with a community to build ecological homes, with land to grow food and run it all on renewable energy. Give people in housing need warm, low rent homes. Work with them to design and even build the homes. Work with them to develop a communal garden – maybe even a community cafe serving home-grown food.