The focus in the other workshops is on how land can be used to satisfy human needs such as for housing, food and social space. However, what about all the other species that we share the planet with, as well as the air we breathe and the water we drink? How do we ensure that both the planet and human beings thrive?
This workshop will examine the environmental consequences of the current patterns of land use and then consider alternative ways in which we can distribute and use the land.
Alex, Past Tense
Richard, Grow Heathrow
Lynne Davies, Open Food Network
Christine, Radical Housing Network
There is a lot wrong with land use in this country but where and when have things gone well!? What can we learn from success stories?
This session will explore both urban and rural case studies including Cate Chapman (Ecological Land Coop), Peter Peacock (Community Land Scotland), Jonathan Rosenberg (Walterton and Elgin Community Homes) and Zhenya Kazlou (Ecomotive).
A session exploring the effect of privatisation and austerity on parks, recreation, community and public spaces Hosted by Kate Swade (Shared Assets) with Dave Morris (National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces).
What facts and knowledge are important to understand when starting to think about land in the UK? This session is designed for people who are relative new comers to exploring land as a common issue and will be repeated twice as we believe many of you will find this a really useful overview and introduction to the topic.
Presented by Kate Swade (Shared Assets) and Alice Martin (New Economics Foundation).
Increases in land value can be divisive as owners benefit while everyone else pays the cost.
Communities create the value of land yet do not benefit from it. In this session we will collaboratively explore three ways to address this problem by looking at Land Value Tax, ‘Planning Gain’ taxes and rethinking ownership.
Molly Scott Cato (MEP, Green Party)
Duncan McCann (nef)
Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster)
Land reform has rarely been in the political agenda in the last half century, however more people are now understanding its importance.
This session will explore key focuses for UK land reform legislation. What is realistic and what would be most important? Join land rights campaigners Marion Shoard and Andy Wightman to discuss these questions.
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.