Earth Inheritors is a movement. The Earth Inheritors collective is a group of young people, mainly based in Totnes aging between 15-19, who are moving it into motion.
Our mission is to inspire people to deeply connect to the Earth and its community and thus create a deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities of humans, and the rights of our mother Earth, within the human community. We believe that real change will only happen if humans collectively pursue this mission.
We see that every person inherits, not the Earth itself, but a responsibility to care for it. With the gift of responsibility comes the gift of rights. We have collectively created the body of rights you can see below. We see this as the most important stage to confirm and communicate the rights of an individual.
One of our core messages is that no action should ever be taken that condemns the futures of the generations of Earth Inheritors to come. We believe that the only way we can live well on the planet is by truly loving the children, this generation and the next and the next, and thus holding them at the absolute centre of all the decisions we make.
Together we have developed the following five declaration of rights.
Every Earth Inheritor has the right to:
1. Inherit a healthy Earth
2. An education that allows them to pass on a healthy Earth
3. Have their creativity truly valued, respected and encouraged
4. Feel they can trust their elders not to sacrifice their futures
5. Have knowledge freely available to them.
One of the main ways we presently inspire and educate people and connect them to our mission is through the Earth Inheritors workshops.
The Earth Inheritors workshops take people on a journey of the five 'centres'. These 'centres' are the core to transitioning to a humanity that truly reflects its love for the children and the Earth through it’s actions.
The five key points are
1. Deep emotional connection to the Earth and its community
2. The Earth’s Rights
3. Humanities rights and responsibilities
4. Design of facilitators and systems for a sustainable world
5. What is my passion? My path?
These 5 centres are what we feel we, as humans, need to deeply explore and learn about. A workshop may combine a focus on all the centres or just one of them, whatever is most appropriate for the participants.
We have a very interactive and creative approach. We love a discussion but we want stories and ideas to be shared through more transcending and open ways than a discussion can consistently allow. Check-ins, creative visualisation, facilitated activities and group work are mainly used to deliver the workshop.
Each workshop aims to leave the participant feeling they have gained something particular. But ultimately all the workshops combine under the same mission: to inspire people to deeply connect to the Earth and its community, and reap what follows.
Pass the Green Ball - This short documentary was made by students from the KEVICC (King Edward VI Community College - Totnes and District's state secondary school) who are part of Earth Inheritors and who were researching about the meaning of the word sustainability. Professional assistance by Emilio Mula.