Lammas Newsletter, July 2008


by Andy Wells
Potential Lammas resident

I’ve always had strong feelings and views about mans relationship with the environment and, to this end pursued a career as an environmental engineer in the hope that I could make a difference. To a degree I have been had some successes over the years but, over time, have felt it increasingly difficult to reconcile my core beliefs with what is possible in the traditional working environment.

Environmental terms and phrases have become part if our everyday language and the law makers and corporations use them liberally when developing policy and, of course, making headlines. However, despite the use of such terms I cannot escape the fact that, at best, the status quo is maintained but now has a self-satisfied green tinge. If anything, the situation has got worse. The onset of globalisation appears to allow the developed nations to export their environmental liabilities to the majority world whilst at the same time boosting profits and improving their green image at home. It’s a pity about the social impacts of large-scale job losses as production moves abroad but hey that’s the price of progress. Now the oils running out and it’s suddenly costing more to import what we used to make and grow ourselves.

It has become increasingly clear that the pattern of development chosen in the West is not, to borrow a phrase, sustainable. Somebody should be doing something about it. They should be looking for alternatives. But who is somebody? Who are they?

And so to Lammas. I guess that somebody has to be us. If not us, then who? It might work, it might not but let’s at least see what is possible.

Lammas News


We are hoping for a decision on July 31st. Quite what that decision will be we do not know at the moment, in part because every time we speak to the planners they give us a different story.

Lammas AGM Gathering

Despite the weather, the AGM was a great success. This was in part down to Cassie’s yurt and in part to a spirit of commitment and intent.

For some pictures visit here

Living in the future

For the latest episode in the living in the future series, visit undercurrents

Quote of the month

Paul: Trust in the process Simon.

Simon: I trust in the process to look after its own interests and the preservation of the status quo.
After all it's part of that tried and tested process that has brought us climate change, deforestation, mass extinction, so why not now
autonomous low consumption ecovillages....

....on a less cynical note, Simon recently visited Manchester University's 'Future Ethics' Conference about climate change, apocalyptic rhetoric and political action. You can see him explaining why access to land is a key issue on youtube.

Low-Impact News

Welsh Low Impact Policy on the horizon

We are getting there folks! Congratulations to all of those who have written to the Welsh Assembly Government to urge them to include Low Impact Development (LID) in their forthcoming revision of TAN 6! Whilst TAN 6 is STILL not quite out for public consultation, ANOTHER document has recently come out looking at how to sustainably meet rural housing needs. The exciting thing is that it includes mention of LID for the first time in a Welsh planning policy context and asks YOU what you think of LID – should we have LID policy across Wales? If so what should it look like?!

Everyone is encouraged to respond to this document asking for LID to be included. Deadline Oct 10th but why not write now.

It’s all available here.

Climate Camp

4 – 11th August, Kingsnorth Power Station, Kent