Land and the Ecological Crisis

Workshop organised by the People’s Land Policy and the London Mining Network

March 28th, 12:00 – 5:00

New Economics Foundation: 10 Salamanca Pl, Lambeth, London SE1 7HB

The way we use land lies at the bottom of the ecological crisis. Human impact has now spread to all parts of the globe. We need to seriously rethink how we use land so that it contributes to the well-being of both the planet and people rather than our destruction. This conference will look at two important land use issues: mining and the loss of biodiversity.

Mining and release of fossil fuels is one of the major causes of climate change. In addition, the new green technology requires a number of minerals whose supply is limited. Mining also has a serious impact on local communities as the western countries and their corporations turn to the global South to satisfy their insatiable demand for resources and profits.

Land is primarily used to meet the needs of humans. This has meant that other species lose their habitats, with many already extinct. This process has accelerated in recent decades to the point that there is a crisis not only for other species but for ourselves. We ask the question: what role for nature? To what extent should we be reducing human impact and letting the rest of nature flourish?

Programme:

12:00 – Registration and lunch- bring food to share

12:50 – Introduction to People’s Land Policy and London Mining Network

1:00 – Mining, Land and Community- led by the London Mining Network and Coal Action Network

3:00 – Land and nature

Speakers to be confirmed.

Contact: peopleslandpolicy@gmail.com

Land rights briefing on the global south

The Land Research Action Network, Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, Focus on the Global South, Rede Social de Justicia e Direitos Humanos and La Via Campesina have been collaborating to produce some excellent briefing papers recently. Below is the most recent, the rest can be found in the footer of this page.

https://www.landjustice.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/LandResearchActionNetwork_WEB.pdf