The whole Earth on the World Heritage List
“Humans merely share the earth. We can only protect the land, not own it”
How it started three years ago:
The Veerhuis will open her heart for the Earth. The 45-day journey inspired us to take steps, because we met a lot of enthousiasme from people along the route of the Wheelbarrow Walk. Also the hundreds of school kids, the Mayors in various towns, the representatives in the EU and the UNESCO.
How are we going further? Our idea is to align with UNESCO’s sentence that says, “It’s impossible to submit the whole Earth on the World Heritage List, but it’s a good idea.”
Our plan is to organize another Wheelbarrow Walk in 2024 in which we show what, for example, the Veerhuis looks like “World Heritage Worthy ”. We will also invite other initiatives to do the same. UNESCO also encourages us to do this, as we learned in a recent conversation.
We want to share our story and plans. We are looking forward to your suggestions and questions and create the basis of the next step together.
Patricia: “If you feel like joining in a very helpful idea to promote sustainability of the Earth…then watch this little movie. To propose the Earth to be included on the World Heritage List, every country should apply. I hope a lot of people will carry soil in wheelbarrows or do something similar in their own way. So if you’re looking for an original way to contact UNESCO..here is your chance!
Maak de Aarde vrij!
Hoe? Klik hier:
The ownership of this village is within a coöperation and with Vrij Coop the sale of land and houses is not possible anymore.
Land van Ons
80 hectare set free by ForestPeace Foundation
Stichting Mens en Aarde: The foundation is inspired by the principles of the social threefold section, as described by Rudolf Steiner in his book “The Key Points of the Social Issue” (1919). It acquires the ownership of agricultural land and farmyards to make them available to capable farmers. Leeuweriksveld belongs to this Foundation.
Save the Earth by taking her out of the market!
The average hectare of agricultural land costs in The Netherlands about € 65.000 where it is in France € 6.000. Land prices of cities and village are way high and all over they are still increasing.
A reason why there is in Holland a lot of experiments to reverse this stress on land prices.
The Veerhuis started the initiative to admit the whole Earth on the World Heritage List. We also started our own project in donating the land to humanity (see their Dutch site)
1 Veerhuis – donation their land to Grond van Bestaan
2 Ecodorp Boekel
3 Aardpeer / Stichting Grondbeheer
4 Ecodorp Bergen
5 Ecodorp Noorderland
6 Land van Ons
8 Red de weidevogel
9 Leeuweriksveld – Mens en Aarde
10 Buy World
11 Geitenboerderij Hansketien
15 Stg Phien
Which one is the best? We think in terms of everybody having a contribution in it. Grondbeheer as an important party with a long history makes the point that organic soil must remain organic. “Land van Ons” has the important function and is effective in informing a wide audience that something must change in the field of land. “Herenboeren” does this in the field of short chain as well. “Grond van Bestaan” is an influential player for the commons of soil?
All innovations in the field of land governance and ownership?
Ervin Laszlo founder of the Club of Budapest: “An intriguing idea. Something for the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research to consider for its programmed activities. The Institute is now in Trieste, as a major element of “Trieste European Capital of Science 2020.”
Vinoba and Satish Kumar walked from village to village in rural India in the 1950s and 1960s, gathering people together and asking those with more land than they needed to give a portion of it to their poorer sisters and brothers. The initiative was known as the Bhoodan or Land gift movement, and many of India’s leaders participated in these walks.
The latest estimates (source Satish Kumar) concludes that at this moment 1,5 million hectares are now free from trade in land.
In 1991, a 1,200-hectare tract of El Humoso farm was handed over to Marinaleda for the use of the population. The local government of Marinaleda bought and expropriated thousands of square metres of land, now communal property, for the construction of new houses. Land, building materials, and architectural plans are provided to the self-builder through public grants.
Damanhur’s economic system combines free enterprise with solidarity and sharing, in order to create the greatest overall benefits, individual wealth and collective possibilities. Damanhur was founded in 1975 from the inspiration of Falco Tarassaco, né Oberto Airaudi (1950-2013). His enlightened and pragmatic vision created a fertile reality based on solidarity, sharing, love and respect for the environment. As a result, Damanhur has slowly expanded into a United Nations award-winning sustainable eco-community
The Findhorn Foundation is located in northeast Scotland on the Moray Firth coast. The Findhorn Foundation is a dynamic experiment where everyday life is guided by the inner voice of spirit, where we work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature and take inspired action towards our vision of a better world.
On the east coast of India. Their dream: There should be somewhere on earth a place which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of goodwill who have a sincere aspiration could live freely as citizens of the world and obey one single authority, that of the supreme Truth.
Sustainable development towards a future where every human being can unfold his or her individual potential; where mankind is living together in social forms reflecting human dignity; and where all economic activity is conducted in accordance with ecological and ethical principles.
The following community land trusts are regionally-based, open-membership, non-profit organizations that acquire land, hold it in trust, and then lease it for housing and other productive purposes such as farming, community appropriate manufacturing, locally-owned retail and office space. Lessees own the buildings and other improvements on the land, but the land itself is held by the CLT. Resale restrictions on property ensure buildings remain permanently affordable. CLTs govern on behalf of both the leaseholders and the broader regional community through an elected, tripartite board of trustees.
Access to land Started with Tierre de Liens, According to its founding Charter, Terre de Liens aims are to Preserve land and ensure it remains in effective agricultural use.
Designing models for conservation and regeneration of natural landscapes across generations.
Already 3820 Hectares, protected and safe in Ecuador and Romania. Terra Livre is associated with Transition Towns in Romania – Asociatia România in Tranzitie, and is full member of ECOLISE AISBL, the European Network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability.
In a first-of-its-kind ceremony on June 10th near Neligh, a Nebraska farmer signed a deed returning ancestral tribal land back to the Ponca Tribe — sacred land that lies on the historic Ponca “Trail of Tears.” (From left: Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright, Jr., Ponca Nation of Oklahoma Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek, Nebraska landowners Helen and Art Tanderup. Photo: Alex Matzke / Bold Nebraska)
The land has for the past five years also nurtured Sacred Ponca Corn, restored to ancestral homeland after 137 years, planted and harvested by hand by the Ponca, farmers and ranchers, and everyday Nebraskans.
The Pueblo is situated on a 365-foot (111 m), about 60 miles (97 km) west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The isolation and location of the Pueblo has sheltered the community for more than 1,200 years as they sought protection from the raids of the neighboring Navajo and Apache peoples.
According to the 2010 United States Census, 4,989 people identified as Acoma. The Acoma have continuously occupied the area for over 2000 years, making this one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States (along with Taos and Hopi pueblos). Acoma tribal traditions estimate that they have lived in the village for more than two thousand years.
The USA gave back their land. Their land (2 million Hectares) is now protected as a National Historic Landmark.
How do we take care of the Earth. We have to learn a lot on how nature works and how we have to cooperate.
The Veerhuis started the initiative to bring the spirit together in taking care of the land and admit it for the World Heritage List. We believe that the spirit is within people. We have to talk with people. Bringing their hearts in connection with Earth and nature.
And . . we have to learn a lot. We will do that with the organisations below.
The Earth Charter
The Earth Charter Initiative is a diverse, global movement comprised of organizations and individuals that have embraced the sustainability vision that the Earth Charter articulates and that use it in various ways to guide the transition towards a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)
Catalyzing Communities for a Regenerative World
The Global Ecovillage Network envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing pathways to a regenerative future, while building bridges of hope and international solidarity. Gabriel and Kosha: “It sounds very exciting! Thanks for including GEN. We can share the content and outcomes from this project in our website and social media channels, when the time comes.”
Embassy of the Earth
The Embassy of the Earth is a Foundation that facilitates community led change. Within the neutral zone of The Embassy people can meet, search and share. The Embassy also has a mediating role between complex issues and people willing to help solve them.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps
Initiated bij John D. Liu we started the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement to enable people like YOU to have a direct impact. Our big goal is to have one million people come together by 2030 and restore degraded ecosystems in 100 camps around the world.
The Veerhuis (ferry-house) is an action and knowledge centre for the new economy, a central place in the world where many innovations come together. We have started new initiatives in and around the Veerhuis. “Make our land free” is the newest one. We welcome you when you come to The Netherlands to enjoy a cup of coffee with a treat and hear our stories about land ownership, money and labor issues. You can even stay here and explore The Netherlands from our unique venue.
FREE, EQUAL & TOGETHER As Economy Transformers we strive for what we call a free-equal-society. On the one hand, we contribute to a culture in which individual people can unfold freely to who they want to be; on the other hand, we are working on an economy in which capacities are geared to needs in mutual consultation. In between we regulate our relations on the basis of equality.
Schumacher center of new economics
Our mission is to envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication.
Club of Budapest
Ervin Laszlo: Dear Henry: Intriguing idea. Something for the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research to consider for its programmed activities. The Institute is now in Trieste, as a major element of “Trieste European Capital of Science 2020.”Very best, Ervin
FOUR WORLDS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE
The Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) was established in 1982, at the University of Lethbridge, by Indigenous elders, spiritual leaders and community members from across Canada and the US. FWII is an internationally recognized leader in holistic human, community, organizational and economic development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of development.
One Planet – One People
The One Planet – One People project was launched in 2016 to make our vision known to the world, to build bridges and link networks, stimulate partnerships and achieve objectives. In order to achieve growth together, we organize activities such as workshops, conferences and symposia.
More to come