Alternatives to Political Systems, Community Projects, Consumerism, Economics, Ethical Investment, People Systems, Society — by Janet Millington October 6, 2011
If we can give legal personality to non-living entities such as corporations,
why not also give personality to living things like animals and trees?
by Janet Millington
Changes to the law have been made (or “discovered”) to facilitate and support trade(1), colonisation(2), industry(3) and the development of corporation(4). This development has been largely driven by the desire for growth and a healthy economy(5) since the Industrial Revolution. Our legal framework(6) centres on the person and property. Very few, major shifts have been made relying on purely altruistic reasons, but some steps have been made by using the rights of the person and their property to protect or rehabilitate those things(7) valued by humans. This protection might otherwise be considered a moral obligation or a fiduciary duty(8) towards something or someone without legal personality(9). In a human centred legal system, ownership of the object, its economic value to the person, is what affords it protection.Comments (4)
Community Projects, Conferences, Courses/Workshops, Eco-Villages, News, People Systems, Presentations/Demonstrations, Social Gatherings, Village Development, peak oil — by Janet Millington May 26, 2010
Where: Eumundi QLD (click for map)
When: Thursday 10th June, 2010
Photo: Maureen Corbett
Background: Transition Towns is a new direction out of Permaculture. It began in the UK with permaculture teacher Rob Hopkins and a PDC group designing a whole community in the face of peak oil and climate change. Permaculture design, ethics, principles, skills and knowledge are the basis of all Transition Town action.
Australians saw the potential very early and started the first Transition Town outside the UK on the Sunshine Coast in September 2007 and now there is a national network of Transition Towns all implementing permaculture design and principles at community and regional levels.
Sustainability leader and Permaculturist David Holmgren presents Future Scenarios that show how this long crisis may play out and how permaculture can provide tools for community resilience in the face of future challenges. David offers the Transition Movement some excellent tools to work with which can provide inspiration for whole towns and regions to begin permaculture action.Comments (0)
Alternatives to Political Systems, Biodiversity, Food Plants - Perennial, Seeds — by Janet Millington October 24, 2008
It’s just amazing how many of life’s lessons can be learned in the garden. It is also amazing that even though we think we have an understanding of things they don’t truly hit home until we experience them for ourselves.
I had quite a jolt last week as I searched for my bush basil. I considered myself to have a deep affiliation with the plant. It grew for me when it was dead for everyone else. I was always cutting it and giving it away or putting it into glass jars with water where it gave a clean fresh fragrance to the house, kept the flies away and sent out wonderful hairy roots that would strike every time in the garden. This year it had the most precious little mauve flowers that are as useful to it as our appendix is to us. They have given up setting seed as the plant propagates so well vegetively I had bushes everywhere. Or so I thought!Comments (2)