Imaginative Approaches to Combating Climate Change Locally
Edited by Michael Peters, Shane Fudge and Tim Jackson
Chapter 15: Empowering Farmers to React and to Act: From an Anti-golf Course Pressure Group to a Community-based Farmers’ Cooperative
15. Empowering farmers to react and to act: from an anti-golf course pressure group to a communitybased farmers’ cooperative Mario Cardona MANIKATA: FEELING THE PLACE I arrived in Manikata when it was almost dusk . . . The silence was so thick that it could be almost felt as it added to the peacefulness of the surroundings. As one looked down towards the sea one could make out the outlines of the dwellings where the inhabitants of this lovely hamlet live their life full of toils, joys, loves and pains as is normal with most humans when in their homes. But these people have a gnawing fear, real fear. Their term of tenure for the land they cultivate there is being terminated. A small note and hey presto your permit to work here on this land, where you were born as were your fathers and grandfathers before you, is withdrawn. We are the government. We know what is best for you. Think what you like, but do what We tell you, because we are democratic. Democracy oozes out from all Our political pores. The silence which induced these reflections was broken by the hum of a sizeable throng of people that started coming out of the local parish church bidding each other good night. They went there to pray to Our Lady in this month of October. Their belief is still strong and deep. The church they came out of was erected by their donations . . . We read that one’s faith is as deep...
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