Massive thanks for those who’ve signed the petition to open up golf courses so people can exercise safely.
It’s had nearly 6,500 signatures so far and there’s been loads of interest – the Sunday Times covered it, one of the govt’s scientific advisors on coronavirus has backed the idea, and even the Sun ran an editorial about opening up golf courses!
Here is a new video to help promote the petition and get people talking about the need for more green space in our cities. Check it out via Twitter here and Facebook here – please retweet and share…
organised by the People’s Land Policy and the London Mining Network
March 28th, 12:00 – 5:00
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
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?
12:00 – Registration and lunch- bring food to share
12:50 – Introduction to People’s Land Policy and London Mining Network
On Sunday 11th November 2018 we held our national gathering at Friends of the Earth’s offices in London.
We had a beautiful group network members gathered, including a v. dedicated contingent who made the pilgrimage (by minibus) all the way down from the Reclaim the Power gathering in Sheffield, and it was the first LJN gathering for eight wonderful people – welcome!
Our 30 second intros which kicked off the meeting were a challenge, but we got some major updates– David is a cat person, Maddy likes good books and bad jokes, Tom feels it’s important to wave the flag for the flageolet bean. Good.
But it was four-year old Luca who really hit the nail on the head and got us off to the best start with his call to action. We need to ‘take back the land!’ he said, ‘and there’s a lot to do, so we better get on with it.’
The next national gathering will take place on the 11th November at Friends of the Earth’s Offices in London from 12-5pm with option pub visit afterwards for the freelancers among us…
The meeting will be a chance for new and old members to meet, discuss, and make plans for the coming months of land justice action! If you’d like to get involved in LJN work over the next few months, we’d love to see you there.
It’d be massively helpful if you could quickly RSVP using the form below so we can send you the agenda ahead of time. And also so we can find enough comfy chairs for you all 😉 !
Come to Land Justice Network’s next national gathering to find out what the we’ve all been up to and plot fresh action together!
It will take place on Saturday 18th August at Heeley City Farm, Richards Road, Sheffield, S2 3DT.
We’ll meet up 12 noon for a shared pot luck (bring a dish if you can) and we’ll start the meeting around 12.30, finishing 5pm with optional social time at a nearby pub afterwards. The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs.
The gathering will include a visit to REACH Homes a project based at the farm which has designed genuinely affordable homes for £35k.
On Sunday 19th all are welcome to join us for a walk in the Peak District – we are hoping to meet some of those affected by the recent fires on Saddleworth Moor, connected to the mismanagement of moors for grouse shooting.
We are also inviting along Hebden Bridge residents who were badly affected by the flooding a few years back… also connecting to mismanagement of land for grouse.
If you are interested in coming for both days and need to sort somewhere to stay overnight on Saturday night, please drop us an email at email@example.com as we may be able to help.
Please also get in touch if you are able to offer a lift and/or particularly need support with travel costs or a creche for your child on the Saturday.
My name is Kate and I am very excited to be on board as the new LJN network co-ordinator – thank you so much for collectively offering me this position. I’m really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the next few months whether at the Sheffield meeting on the 18th August or the next gathering (tbd).
My background is in anthropology, activism and environmental youth work, and I am also a singer and musician. I have been involved in land and privatisation related struggles for the last six years as part of Occupy Parliament Square, Reclaim the Power, the Divestment and anti TTIP movements, with my local labour party and as a researcher with The Gaia Foundation.
Over the last three years, I have been managing a youth charity and been really inspired by young people’s engagement with new forms of community, and ways of using land. It has confirmed to me how captivating land justice can be, and how fantastic it is that this movement is emerging. I currently live in a farmhouse in south Norfolk with a community other artists and activists, if anyone ever finds themselves out east needing a place to stay…
As I am new to the Land Justice Network, I know I have lots of learning to do and a world to get acquainted with. Over the next two months I would like to offer my facilitation and support to everyone in whatever ways are needed so if there is anything I can assist with, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.
I’m so inspired by what the LJN has achieved so far, by the emerging outreach work, and by the ways you are collectively bringing land into public discourse. I’m honoured to be supporting of all this work over the next few months and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. Thank you for inviting me in!
Professor Antonia Layard’s blog post explores three stories of land secrecy in England: the land registry, beneficial ownership of land, and commercial confidentiality in affordable housing. An informative read reflecting how secrecy about land ownership and deals remain part of English land developments.