with Myc Riggulsford
Starting from the Charter of the Forest this talk will cover our Commons Rights, sustainable living techniques and a new economics based on fair access to vital services for all members of society, especially those currently marginalised and excluded. We will look at the nature of land rights and how we are losing our Natural Capital, prompting a discussion about the way we want society to progress in future, by including not excluding artists and makers, smallholders and off-gridders by providing them with access to the basic necessities of life via a Universal Basic Income. These ideas are currently being talked about at the theoretical level by many governments and countries around the world, especially those that recognise that young people are economically excluded and that robotics and automation threaten to further concentrate wealth and remove work opportunities. We are also losing our Natural Capital through biodiversity losses, and the ability of the world to sustain us. Off Grid is the right place to discuss this.
Participants will learn:
• What Universal Basic Income offers and why we should be entitled to it today
• A legal basis for our rights to Universal Basic Income under the Charter of the Forest
• Sustainable living practiced in the past, especially by the Celts, and why we should still do this today
• A new economics framework, Doughnut Economics, and why GDP isn’t a measure of real growth
• Feminism, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services
• What Commons Rights exist today, and what rights we all should have
• How the Charter of the Forest can build community resilience and may help fight GM crops and other threats
Myc Riggulsford is an independent science & environment journalist and broadcaster, and smallholder, in North Devon midway between Exmoor and Dartmoor, who has been writing a series of articles, and giving talks, debates, broadcasts, and festival appearances, about the Charter of the Forest during its 800th anniversary last year and this year. In the past Myc has written and broadcast about climate change, renewable energy, animal welfare, and farming issues for BBC Radio Wiltshire Sound, Country Smallholding and other magazines. He hosted Europe’s largest science teaching festival, Science on Stage at CERN and has chaired debates and given talks at science festivals all over Europe, and in India and Mexico. He was a visiting lecturer to PhD students and senior scientists at Manchester, Sheffield and St Andrews universities for over 15 years, and has recently chaired public debates on renewable energy, fracking and nuclear power, and on sustainable housing in North Devon. Myc has practical rural skills experience gained on his 20 acre environmentally friendly run farm, powered by renewables including solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water panels, and a biomass boiler central heating system fed by sustainable coppice.