Ecotopia: 30th Anniversary Edition

How can I make a difference?

Ecotopia embodies in concrete, practical form the new biology-conscious philosophy that has been evolving in recent years, especially on the West Coast.

The setting is the early 21st century. Ecotopia, made up of what was once Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, has been independent for several decades. At last, an official visitor from New York is admitted: Will Weston, top investigative reporter. Like a modern Gulliver, Weston is sometimes horrified sometimes impressed despite himself, and sometimes touched by the strange practices he encounters—which include ritual war games, collective ownership and operation of farms and factories, and an attention to trees and reforestation which borders on tree-worship.

With beautiful new cover art and a new introduction by the author, this thirtieth anniversary edition of Ecotopia will delight old fans and new, and make a perfect gift for anyone who has ever asked the question, “How can I make a difference?”


“None of the happy conditions in Ecotopia are beyond the technical or resource reach of our society.”

—Ralph Nader


“Nearly every sentence offers yet another concretely sensible proposal, giving the book substantial density...As a first primer for how to get it together as a stable-state humanitarian society, it is the best book I've seen yet.”

Not Man Apart (Friends of the Earth)

About the Author

Ernest CallenbachErnest Callenbach was a writer and editor known primarily for his environmental fiction and nonfiction. He founded and edited the internationally acclaimed Film Quarterly. He also concurrently edited University of California Press’s extensive list of film books as well as books in art and science, including the California Natural History Guides series. He occasionally taught film at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Francisco State University. To find out more about Callenbach and his books, visit his website at