WILDSCAPING TOGETHER

 

(THESE ARE THE FULL CONTENTS OF THE 'WILDSCAPE MY LIFE HANDBOOK' AND THESE ARE THE IDEAS  & OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE WILL BE EXAMINING & CHATTING ABOUT IN THE WWW CLUB)

STARTING FROM SCRATCH

- What's the point of the handbook and how will it serve our planet?

- How can we serve our planet together: starting from scratch again?

WHAT IS A WILDSCAPED WORLD?

- Looking at the words 'wild' and 'natural' and examining how we are actually ALL wild beings (every single being/creature on our planet).

- What is a wildscaped world?  What is 'wild-scaping' and how can we live 'wild-heartedly'?

- 'Objectification is not a solution'.

- We are all equal beings (born with equal rights, whether we have feathers, scales, skin or fur OR bark, thorns or buds).

- Our planet providing 'plenty'.

- Chatting about 'Wild Freedom'.

OUR USE OF LANGUAGE

- Looking at the language we currently most commonly use about the world and other species (and why our current language isn't very helpful with regards to sharing our spaces with other beings).

SPACES & 'RESOURCES'

- Looking at the spaces that we humans have carved out for ourselves, from nations to our own homes (and any patterns in our behaviour as we have carved out these spaces).

- Discussing the objectification of our planet into 'resources' (when there's a better way).

EXISTING & COEXISTING

- Existing & coexisting with all other beings (humans and all other species).

 

- Our current, most common relationships with other humans and other beings/species AND examples of wilder relationships that we can have.

- Examining 'wildly' and lovingly sustaining ourselves (what we eat/consume in order to sustain ourselves and go on existing).

- Looking at those animals & botanicals under humans control: from lab and farm animals to pets and house plants.

- 'Interconnectedness.'

- Pests & Vermin don't exist.

- Stopping the commercialisation of life.

- Briefly looking at why it hurts us to witness suffering in another being.

A FRESH START

Now...  A fresh start...  Having examined and broken down our current (often unhelpful) perceptions and relationship with the world (and hopefully proving how they can be a whole lot simpler and more sacred and - above all - more honest) from this chapter onwards we will be looking at how we could live wildly and wildscape our world, instead...

- A reminder of the 'wildscaping vision' (as mentioned in Chapter Two) then: (1) Wildscaping Rulebook (2) Self Love Rulebook - not to be underestimated (3) Wild Hearted rulebook (4) Wild Mantra (5) Setting new loving territories & boundaries and making very conscious, powerful and impactful decisions, every day.

THE 'WONDER' EXERCISE

- Starting with the right mindset (mindset is EVERYTHING): the 'Wonder Exercise'.

POWERING/FUELLING OUR LIVES

This whole chapter is dedicated to how we power and fuel our lives and lifestyles.  As a society, we are generally under the impression that some power sources (diesel, petrol, nuclear, gas, for example) are bad and other power sources are 'clean' and have very little impact (electric 'everything' powered by solar, wind, hydropower etc).  The truth is far less simple: no power source is without considerable impact taken from the planet and from other beings (including other humans).  

I researched this chapter for many months: I cross referenced dozens of articles and even spoke to professionals in a number of different energy companies.  I had also been made aware - by working with an ecologist 5 years ago - of how the scarcity of some minerals is already leading us towards sea bed mining: something that could draw from our planet in an unprecedented manner.

This chapter is not about suggesting an alternative miracle energy option (there isn't one, not that I could find anyway).  It's just about sharing my findings so that fellow wildscapers can make informed decisions (without doing such a lot of research, themselves) and also about suggesting some ways to massively lessen what we take (in terms of energy) whilst actually boosting our well being and our love for ourselves and our community and even our wild selves too!

- Looking at where materials and power are sourced from for...  (1) Our transport options (2) Our homes (3) Our work spaces.

- Powering/fuelling our lives 'rulebook'.

- What do Wind Turbines, Solar Panels & Hydro Power take from the planet, to provide us with electricity?

- What do we require power for, in our daily lives, and how can we take less?

- How can we perhaps power/fuel areas of our lives/lifestyles by 'taking what has already been taken'?

- Powering ourselves: food and other sustenance are also a form of powering our lives.

- Helpful links/articles for fellow Wildscapers to read.

- 'Powering ourselves off community love.'

- Some final notes/thoughts/ideas on small scale, alternative fuel options for our daily lives.

SPENDING TO WILDSCAPE OUR WORLD

- How can we use our money to wildscape our world? 

- This chapter looks (briefly) at how to spend money wildly & lovingly to wild up our world to manifest a more loving, equal & harmonious world.

WILDSCAPING PRACTICALITIES

This chapter is where we match up the 'wildscaping philosophies' with wildscaping practicalities.  We look at...

- Homes vs Habitats (getting rid of labels)

- Ecosystems (Happiness Hubs)

- Then...

WILDSCAPING OUR HOME INTERIORS

- Your inner environment - Air freshener / House plants.

- Marking out your space - Furniture / Rugs / Painting & prints / Decorations.

- Should you? - Cut flowers?

- Daily Lives - Cleaning products / Bathe & body / Cosmetics / Perfumes / Kitchen products / Coffee & milk etc / Books.

- Recycling options.

- Medicines - Animal Free Research.

- Territory & boundaries - Sharing your interior with other species.

WILDSCAPING OUR ORGANISATIONS

- Agree to commit - No pesticides/poisons and committing to sharing the space in whatever way you settle on, for a minimum of 5 years. ​

- Step by step - Remember to consider any potential planning permissions or any health & safety legislations that you might have to work around.​

- Choose your design for your exterior space as well as wildscaping your interior space.

- Looking briefly at the kind of contractors you might need to hire (even if that's just a gardener, for a small aspect of your plans).

- [Template included - How to approach your boss to suggest wildscaping the organisation that your work/volunteer at.]

- Advice and guidelines (and rules) on the continued sharing of your organisation's exterior spaces with other species: maintaining your territories and boundaries wildly and lovingly with other species, with a list of recommended organisations that you can get ongoing advice from, if needed in the future.

WILDSCAPING OUR COMMUNITIES

- 'Home/Habitats' examined.

- Buying land as an individual (to wildscape).

- Buying property as a community (to wildscape).

- Buying land as a community (to wildscape).

- Collaborating with your local council to wildscape public (wasted/unsued) patches of land.

- Uniting as a community to change 'pest control' and pesticide use, in your area.

- Would you like to educate your local community on how 'Pests/Vermin' don't actually exist?

- [Template included - How to approach your council to start wildscaping public patches of land, with full community support.]

WILDSCAPING OUR HOME EXTERIORS

- Looking at the kind of property you live in and the decisions you can make within the space...​  House with a garden & a balcony / House with a garden / House with no garden but a balcony / House with no garden and no balcony / Flat with garden / Flat with no garden / Flat with balcony / Flat with no garden or balcony.​

- Agree to commit - No pesticides/poisons and committing to sharing the space in whatever way you settle on, for a minimum of 5 years. ​

- Step by step - [Template included - If you live in a rented property: how to approach your landlord or building manager - and any hurdles you might have to overcome, with ideas on how to do so - to collaborate to permanently wildscape the building structure/garden space.]​

- Design - Decide on a design, based on any of the wildscaping options available to you (how you can fulfil your own needs AND live most harmoniously with other species) with advice about how to schedule any plans (like installing bird/bat bricks into your property).

- Advice and guidelines (and rules) on the continued sharing of your exterior spaces with other species: maintaining your territories and boundaries wildly and lovingly with other species, with a list of recommended organisations that you can get ongoing advice from, if needed in the future.

- Potential scenarios (within wildscaped spaces, with other species, to maintain your territories and share your spaces lovingly) that you can face and some helpful guidelines to help you make wild decisions

- Litter & waste.

- Continually reorientating ourselves within our world.

- 'WIldscaping Thoughts & Meanderings'

- Wildscaping & the media.

- What does 'living to the max' look like, in a wildscaped world?

- What are the different habitats that we know that UK wildlife need?

- Being 'loving' vs 'being selfless'.

- A day to day 'wildscaping checklist'.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

While we are wildscaping, which temporary emergency services should we be supporting, for those other beings around us?

- Looking at animal sanctuaries, animal free research & wildlife rescue, amongst numerous other recommendations too.

SELF LOVE

This chapter is actually - probably - the most important section of this handbook: it's about self love, without which, we can live half a life...  Without self love, we cannot live our lives to the max and when we live half a life, we are NOT honouring the lives of those beings (animal and botanical) that have died to sustain our existence: we are wasting their sacrifice.

- To self love is to live in a sacred harmony with the world around us and all other species.

- What does 'wild self love' look like and what are the 'wild rules/recommendations' that can help us live to the max?

WORKSHEETS

CONCLUSION: Here you will find the wildscaping templates and worksheets that you can use to wildscape your life...

A. A diagram of how a 'Happiness Hub' operates and the types of needs/wants local species might need in the space.

B. 'Spending to Wildscape' checklist.

C. 'Approaching your landlord/building manager' template.

D. 'Approaching your boss' template.

E. 'Approaching your local council' template.

F.  Powering/fuelling our lives & lifestyles checklist.

G. Self love & self care checklist.

H. 'Wildscaping Balance Sheet.'

- A heartfelt thank you, for giving these wildscaping ideas the benefit of your time and consideration.