On Sunday, October 25, 2020 George Monbiot delivered the 40th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture. He addressed the topic “Land as a Commons: Building the New Economy” with a lecture titled Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury: Land is the Key to the Transformation of Society. The virtual event was moderated by Jodie Evans and Greg Watson joined George Monbiot for a conversation following the lecture.
The topic was land access, the problems generated by a concentration of ownership, and ways of creating a more fair and equitable system. The Schumacher Center’s own response to the inequities in land access is to call for a voluntary gifting of land into regional community land trusts where its use can be allocated through lease agreements in a socially determined manner outside of market forces.
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