Territories of Life is a video toolkit with a purpose. It’s aim is to bring stories of resistance, resilience and hope to indigenous communities on the frontline of the global rush for land.
We really hope that Land For What? will be able to put together something similar for communities in the UK facing land grabs and clearances by developers and corporations. For example communities fighting against fracking and social housing under threat of being cleared.
Produced by LifeMosaic, a non-profit based in Scotland, the Territories of Life toolkit consists of ten stories that were filmed in communities across Indonesia, Philippines, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Tanzania and Cameroon.
Territories of Life Introduction (HD) from LifeMosaic on Vimeo.
This 1.5hr documentary by Dan and Peter Snow was broadcast in 2006 on the BBC, it is an excellent introduction to land and housing rights, ownership and usage.
Quakers have an interest in Housing and Inequality which led us to run a conference on 20th February this year, a little while before the recent Housing Act.
If you’re interested in what went on, you can have a look at the open Facebook Group Quakers and Housing Inequality.
One of the outcomes following our conference was a Housing Toolkit, a resource document for use by Quaker groups and individuals. It might interest some of you, so I’ve uploaded a copy to this site here – Quaker Housing Toolkit Part 1
This BBC article has some useful facts and figures from recent comprehensive national studies about how much of the country is built on.
A surprisingly low figure which could be used to challenge the idea that we don’t have enough space in this country to house everyone adequately.
If I have read the article right, it states that 80% of us live on 2% of the land and that only 20% of ‘urban’ land is actually built on!
On 21st March 2015 130 people attended a one-day conference in Totnes to explore ‘How can we grow a proper relationship between people and place?’
They made a seven minute film and conference report, which provides links to audio recordings of the presentations that were given.
The speakers (with links to videos of their talks) were:
Tal Leshem Who does the land REALLY belong to: a moral perspective
Jonty Williams Economics for taking care of the Earth
Julian Pratt Stewardship – an alternative to owning the Earth
Simon Fairlie Radical approaches to accessing land
Jyoti Fernandez Access to land –an international perspective
Toni Spencer (Part 1) Poems for and from the Devon Land Conference
Toni Spencer (Part 2)