ENOUGH! Community Response, Inverness
Since April 2018 a group of nine individuals from across Scotland who are connected into different forms of activism and social change have been meeting to develop project ideas in response to the frames of Degrowth and Deep Adaptation.
By Degrowth we mean a form of society and economy that aims at the well-being of all and sustains the natural basis of life. To achieve degrowth, we need a fundamental transformation of our lives and an extensive cultural change. Degrowth implies an equitable redistribution of wealth within and across the Global North and South, as well as between present and future generations. Unless it is just, it is not degrowth.
Deep Adaptation begins from the premise that given current climate predictions social collapse is inevitable in which case how can we as a society ‘deeply adapt’ to these new realities.
Through our various strands of work, we seek to strategically build relationships with and between groups and individuals who are explicitly challenging and exploring alternatives to capitalism, focused on issues of equity and oppression and/or who are environmentally focused in order to help demonstrate and make as visible as possible the interconnected nature of all these challenges. Read more
The Community Response strand is seeking to bring ideas of alternative ways of living, working and organising that sit under the banner of degrowth and/or deep adaptation to communities.
The first Enough! community response pilot is taking place in Inverness. We are working in collaboration with the Friends of Merkinch Nature Reserve and Common Good Food – a practical advocate of food sovereignty in Scotland – as well as other local artists, activists and organisations.
As a means and rationale for finding a community to work with and in for our community response strand, and to complement Enough’s outward-looking European route-map, we began with the idea of the canal as a kind of metaphor or provocation – a change of pace, a new direction of travel. Before our hydrocarbon-dependent society, the coast and our waterways hosted community centres rather than peripheries.
Merkinch, one of the oldest areas of Inverness – once home to the town’s shipbuilding industry – is flanked by the Caledonian Canal to the west, the River Ness to the east, the local nature reserve on the north edge of the city and the Moray Firth beyond.
The local nature reserve will be our community focus for gathering and exploration. We hope to shift perceptions of this place as not just a haven for wildlife, but as reserve and a resource for the community – a commons that can nourish us, both physically and imaginatively.
We want to start thinking about the system we’ve got used to, and what it would mean if we chose to do things differently: as though people, communities and the planet mattered.
Enough! will support the co-creation of a new seasonal Wild Food Trail, a creative focus to bring local groups together to explore the themes of common land, food sovereignty, the vital role of biodiversity and community resilience as these relate to degrowth and deep adaptation.
Across the globe, the commons movement is growing and reclaiming hopeful alternatives to global capitalism and its destruction.
Put most simply, the commons is that which we all share that should be nurtured in the present and passed on, undiminished, to future generations. We might think of reclaiming the commons as reclaiming our past and our future.
Such an approach is as much about discovering new ways of living as it is about rediscovering locally rooted cultural practices. As part of this project, we will connect with the radical history of the commons across the Highlands and we will dig where we stand, in Merkinch, exploring how old and new ideas might have practical application on the ground in this local community into the future.
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