Request for small plant
Not the leafy kind!
Lammas residents, having purchased the land, are keen to begin
some excavation works; ditches, ponds and some landscaping.
If there are any people out there with some small plant machinery
available as a gift or loan (below market rates) the please
let us know. We are particularly interested in mini-diggers
In Ecuador, Nature Has
Taken from an article by Gar Smith (peopleandplanet.net)
"Vive Yasuni" spelt out by 100 people.
After many years of environmental destruction especially due
to oil extracting activities, Ecuador has approved a new constitution
that is the first in the world to extends “inalienable rights
On September 29, 2008, the Associated Press (AP) reported that
Ecuador’s new constitution would “significantly expand leftist
President Rafael Correa’s powers.” It wasn’t until the end of
a 15-paragraph article that the AP mentioned the new constitution
– approved by 65 per cent of voters – “guarantees free education
through university and social security benefits for stay-at-home
mothers.” Also missing from the AP’s report: any mention that
Ecuador’s voters had just ratified the world’s first “eco-constitution,”
a pioneering document that, for the first time in human history,
extends “inalienable rights to nature.”
Not too long ago, Ecuador would have seemed an unlikely nation
to become the birthplace of Earth’s first green constitution.
To service its massive debt to US creditors, the World Bank
and the International Monetary Fund forced Ecuador to open its
Amazon forests to foreign oil companies. Nearly 30 years of
drilling enriched ChevronTexaco, desecrated the northern Amazon,
and utterly failed to improve the lives of millions of poor
Ecuador’s radical new constitution features a chapter on the
“Rights for Nature” that begins by invoking the indigenous concept
of sumak kawsay (good living) and the Andean Earth Goddess:
“Nature, or Pachamama, where life is reproduced and exists,
has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its
vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution.”
The constitution contains a Nature’s Bill of Rights that includes
“the right to an integral restoration” and the right to be free
from “exploitation” and “harmful environmental consequences.”
The Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense
Fund (CELDF) notes that [most country’s] regulations “treat
nature as property under law. These laws legalise environmental
harm by regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature
can occur.” They don’t forbid pollution, they merely “codify
it.” By contrast, Right of Nature laws challenge property law
by “eliminating the authority of a property owner to interfere
with the functioning of ecosystems that exist and depend upon
that property for their existence and flourishing.”
Lammas has now purchased 76 acres of land at Pontygafel. Hooray!
Su Burke and Paul Wimbush from Lammas signing
the land transfer agreement
We have begun to do some works on the site such as fencing
repairs, soil analyses and tree planting.
The Lammas Planning Appeal is now lodged. It is a written appeal
and therefore we are expecting a decision and a resolution sometime
As ever we will be posting our documentation online for anyone
keen to read through the detail.
Poem – by Paul Wimbush,
I wrote this poem after having overseen the tenant farmer remove
his livestock from the land at Pontygafel. It is the first poem
I have written in many years.
January 30th 2009.
Liberating the land
Twenty five years continuous
across the seasons all.
One hundred and fifty ewes meticulously,
cropping the fine green sward.
No flowers of diversity within these fields,
the wilderness pushed aside.
One hundred lambs to harvest each year,
with the old and infirm left to die.
Six hundred cloven feet work the soil,
to a compacted impermeable crust.
60 acres of degraded green desert,
our stewardship question we must.
On The Web
“A Farm For The Future”
This is a must-see, 50-minute documentary about the essential
transition from agriculture to Permaculture, available for free
viewing on the BBC2 iPlayer here.
Don’t delay, as it is only available until Monday 16th March!
Earth Activist Training,
taught by Starhawk and Andy Goldring.
July 11-26 ~ Devon, England
A permaculture design course and more for activists!
Learn the skills to transform a piece of land, a community,
and our political and economic systems.
* Nature and wilderness awareness * Diversity
in ecosystems and social movements * Solutions that exist:
alternative energy; organic farming; natural building; bioremediation
and restoration * Soil and woodland ecology * Ecological economics
* How to collect, conserve and clean water * Direct action
principles and practices; movement building and strategy *
Consensus process, facilitation and conflict transformation
* How to transform fear, rage, grief and frustration into
creative action * How to stay grounded and centered in challenging
situations * How to create ritual and weave magic into action...
and more! On completion participants will receive a permaculture
Applications must be made by the end
of this week
Application form: http://www.landmatters.org.uk
For further enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coed Hills Spring Equinox Gathering.
20th – 22nd March, near Cardiff
An action-packed wacky combination of cabaret,
music, workshops, food, storytelling in an inspirational setting.
Book review –
Soil and Soul by Alistair McIntosh
This book has been around for a few years now and it tells
the story of the empowerment of the people of the Scottish Islands
in overcoming the powers of lairdship and corporate development.
It is a fascinating read and highly recommended for anyone interested
in people power.
The book describes in detail the spiritual journey of the various
campaigns and the importance of cultural roots in providing
strength and resilience.