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Being A Permaculture Ambassador
With Wenderlynn Bagnall
Sunday 13th, time 1:30- 3 pm
In this open discussion, I’ll be facilitating and talking about my experience as a permaculture ambassador, why I became one and what it means to me to be one. I’ll talk about what I do to practice Permaculture and be an ambassador. If you share and promote permaculture, through the activities you do, learn about the permaculture ambassador project and how you can benefit and contribute by becoming an ambassador. If you don’t currently practice permaculture, I’ll tell you about the practical steps you can take to introduce it into your life.
Wenderlynn discovered permaculture in 2008 whilst volunteering as a steering group member on her local Transition Towns group. She has been studying permaculture since then developing her skills and knowledge in land based and social Permaculture, becoming a permaculture practitioner and educator.
She runs North Devon Permaculture social enterprise with her husband and business partner, Iain and helps to manage their offgrid, land based agroforestry and permaculture demonstration project, at Wishtree in North Devon. Wenderlynn completed her PDC in 2013 and is studying towards her Diploma In Applied Permaculture Design.
Through personal experience, she is an advocate of promoting positive mental wellbeing and is currently working on developing a collaborative mental wellbeing project, called Soil and Mind, which launches in May 2018.
Food Not Bombs – the rise of the vegetable army!
With Jude Hutchen
Friday 11th 1:30- 3 pm
Join a light hearted family friendly workshop making vegetable sculptures of real or fantasy designed bombs, missiles, drones, planes, helicopters, submarines (whatever you can imagine) whilst chatting more about the value of welfare over warfare. UK has the 5th largest military budget in the world and has been at war consistently since 1914. Yet 1 in 3 children are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays. At the end of this workshop, all decommissioned weaponry can be taken home to eat!
Jude Hutchen is a Bristol based artist who creates visual work as well as interactive activities around social and political topics, particularly UK militarism. Her artwork aims at opening space for critical thought and often incorporates a humorous approach to dark subjects.
With Joanna Dornan
TIME & DATE TBC
A talk about the Landworkers Alliance and outlining their latest publication – recommendations for Post-Brexit Agricultural Policy.
“The Landworkers’ Alliance is an organisation of farmers, growers and land-based workers. We work to overcome the obstacles facing us by campaigning for policies to support the infrastructure and markets central to our members livelihoods, building alliances and encouraging solidarity.
We also raise awareness of the role that small-scale producers, family farmers and land-based workers play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, rural livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.”
Steward Community Woodland: The Way Forward
With members of Steward Community Woodland
Saturday 3:30- 5 pm
Steward Community Woodland, a low impact living project on the edge of Dartmoor, is facing a radical time of change due to a recent unfavourable planning decision and subsequent enforcement notices. The residents of the wood, inspired by the Welsh model of One Planet Development, are working on a proposal based on low impact technologies through the ages to create the ‘Dartmoor Roundhouse Innovation Centre’. Find out more in this workshop.
Steward Community Woodland is a permaculture project which aims to demonstrate the value of integrating conservation woodland management techniques with organic growing, traditional skills and crafts and low-impact sustainable living.
The Prostitute State V Climate Action
With Donnachadh McCarthy
Friday 3:30- 5pm
Donnachadh argues that The Prostitute State, owned by the 1% has hijacked UK democracy. This state has four pillars, a corrupted political system, a prostituted media, a perverted academia and a thieving tax-haven system. It has been disastrous for social and environmental justice.
But most dangerously of all, it is seeking to block the urgent climate action needed to save our eco-systems and humanity. Come and hear him explain how it works and what we can do about it.
Donnachadh McCarthy is a free-lance environmental journalist & activist writing for the Ecologist, Permaculture Magazine, Guardian & Independent. He was the eco-auditor for BBC’s ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ program and ITV’s ‘How Green is Your House’. He is the author of “Saving the Planet Without Costing the Earth’, “Easy Eco-auditing” and “ The Prostitute State – How Britains Democracy has been Bought’. His home is London’ s first carbon negative house. It has solar electric & hot water, rainharvester, composting loo, solid wall insulation and a wood-burner. He co-founded the successful ‘Stop Killing Cyclists’ campaign, organising regular ‘Die-Ins’ in London. He was arrested 5 times in Parliament Square whilst peacefully protesting against criminal fossil-fuel investments as part of Occupy Democracy. He is a former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats.
Facebook: Donnachadh McCarthy
“Why Women will Save the Planet” book review & open discussion
With Anairda Artivista
Saturday TIME TBC
A brief review of Friend of the Earth 2015 publication, followed by a public discussion (& drawing!) Is women’s empowerment crucial to sustainability? Reflections from renowned authors and environmentalists about the links between social justice, feminism and environmental solutions.
You can also check out Anairda’s ‘Art and Social Action’ workshop in the THRIVE tent on Sunday morning.
Anairda is a Latin American community artist and activist resident in the UK. Her art practice includes popular theatre, music and painting. She has performed and run workshops for different organisations and festivals for many years. She’s been involved in the climate movement for the last 10 years, was an active member of Art Not Oil, Transition Plymouth and The UK Climate Camp as well as directly supporting human and animal rights campaigns.
Anairda has given talks and presentations on Art & Social Change, Climate Justice and Eco-feminism. She’s the founder and coordinator of Feminist Fusion: a community arts project which supports women’s arts and maintains a public dialogue on feminism and patriarchal oppression.
Veterans For Peace talk and discussion
With Ben Yeger
Thursday 3:30 – 5 pm
Ben is the Founder and Director of Moving Conflicts and UK representative of Combatants for Peace (CfP). Ben has 25 years experience of group facilitation and training, a Movement Medicine Facilitator and Teacher, a creative therapist, Theatre Director, and Change Agent.
Ben creates and facilitates innovative, non-violent and collaborative interventions, which transform conflict from barriers to relationship into opportunities for change.
After serving in the Israeli Army (83-86), Ben left Israel making a promise to himself that he would never carry a weapon again. It took him 20 years of personal process and a meeting with “Combatants For Peace” co-founder, Chen Alon, to find the gateway for his personal expression and action towards contributing to ending the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through non-violent means.
Over the last 25 years Ben has worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages offering them tailored, creative and therapeutic interventions. He works with people for whom the notion of change is vitally needed and yet seems impossible in their eyes. Ben is a father of three and a grandfather of one and lives with his Partner in Totnes, South Devon- England.
To view his TEDx talk go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzvopt5gwtg
Zero Carbon Britain
With Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Technology