Connecting over soil
Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University
Global University for Sustainability
Lingnan Gardeners, Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University
4:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
LBYG01, B Y Lam Building, Lingnan University
All over the Western world, increasing numbers of people are leaving their desk-bound lives to rediscover the joys of getting their hands dirty. Things are very different in the global South - while nearly half the population is still connected to the soil, farmers are being encouraged to leave the land by the millions. They are being made to feel ashamed of their farming traditions, ashamed of having their hands in the soil.
Around the world, soil is common currency. It binds us to each other and to the earth. This currency lies at the heart of a movement towards rebuilding local economies. Norberg-Hodge calls it 'the economics of happiness', because at the deepest level localization reweaves our spiritual connection to others and to nature, something that is essential for our wellbeing.
On 28 October 2016, Lingnan Garden again invited Professor Helena Norberg-Hodge to give a speech that integrated traditional agricultural culture and the economy of happiness, telling us the importance of farming life and how modernization had damaged traditional agricultural civilization.
Norberg-Hodge, H. (2016, October 28). Connecting over soil [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/ln_gardeners_videos/22/