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recent content by Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland |
Friday, 15th December 2017

In November 2017, I was given one of the greatest of honours: to welcome India's foremost spiritual leader, Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) to the UK on the 30th anniversary of her first visit and in the company of the Indian ambassador, Dinesh K. Patnaik (second left), and the renown film director and artist, Shekhar Kapur (far right).

 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 1st December 2017

St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London says spiritual ecology “...is about sticking our hands in the soil – feeling into the roots of social and environmental issues – cultivating a deeper relationship with life that reflects the interconnectedness of all life.”

They list four principles:

Interconnectedness

Reverence for nature

Stewardship

Service

How can these principles be rooted into our lives and what are the opportunities and challenges taking these principles into the environmental, social and spiritual movements?

 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 20th November 2017

What elements of design in permaculture can be linked to agroecological practices and to what extent are they functional in terms of sustainable or regenerative farm productivity and in what context?

 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 17th November 2017

What distinguishes permaculture from other holistic design or growing methods is that it aims to create more than a system of sustainable agriculture or organic horticulture; it uses (eco) systems thinking to explore the drivers and ideas behind more lasting, permanent cultures. Its ethics and principles can be applied to living systems (gardens, farms, woodlands, watersheds), urban and rural environments, educational projects and social systems.

 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 26th October 2017

Drawdown is a fascinating book and the project itself is exactly what we need in a world divided by climate change scepticism and inaction. As explained on page 56, in 2013 Paul Hawken gathered 70 scientists and policy makers from 22 countries to research climate solutions and winnow their list down to 100 of the most effective ways to reduce emissions or sequester carbon and asks the question: What would happen if these were scaled up globally? Drawdown is when greenhouse gases peak and then go down year on year.

 

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