Sustainable Organising - Part 3

Join this third open lecture in a 4 part series regarding sustainable organising around food and design!

Regenerative Designs and Multispecies Organizing  

This session will explore on how animals together with humans co-create landscapes. What are megafauna and why are they so important for biodiversity and key ecological functions of the soil? What role can farming play in both rewilding and regenerating landscapes? We will also explore the distinctions between ‘the domesticated’ and ‘the wild’ and what implications such distinctions have for how we humans relate to nature and how we organize together with other species within the web of life.

Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist and author from Vermont, USA. Her work explores nature-based solutions to global environmental, economic, and social challenges. In the book “Cows Save the Planet” (2013) she has written about the vital role that cows can play in regenerating degraded lands, storing carbon in the soil, and supporting natural water cycles, which is also the theme in the book “Water in Plain Sight” (2016). Her recent book “The Reindeer Chronicles-- And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth” (2020) focuses on how grassroots movements engage in landscape restoration projects all over the globe. All Judith’s books transmit a sense of hope and agency in terms of how everyone can play a role in turning things around by working with land and animals in ways that helps Earth heal itself.

Jörgen Andersson is a regenerative farmer and the founder of the Savory Institute Nordic Hub. To feed our global population and meet our climate emission reduction targets it is important to find new ways of practicing agriculture. Jörgen has experience of working with sheep and cows in ways the regenerate landscapes and build soil health in ways that sequester carbon. He will also discuss how farming can lead the way to more biodiversity and how environmental movements working on rewilding natures can find an unexpected ally in the community of regenerative farmers. Jörgen will also present his thoughts of the kind of economic relations that are needed to support these kind of activities.

The guest lectures are held with support from Näringslivets foundation.