Monday, January 20, 2014

"Restoring the Environment? That'll Be $130,000" - an Interview With Sean Law

Over a week ago, my dad sent me an article on Longwood homeowner Sean Law and his battle to restore his piece of the Earth to a healthy ecosystem.

When I saw the piece, I felt a quick connection to the guy, particularly when he mentioned Fukuoka as an influence. So, after some finagling, I managed to reach him personally for an interview.

Before I caught up with him via phone the first time, I wondered if he was going to be one of those "crazies" that simply won't abide by the rules or make friends with neighbors, etc. You know, the kind of guy that fixes cars late at night with pneumatic wrenches while cranking up AC/DC, or the gal that stuffs her house with piles of newspapers and dead cats.

Sean Law's inspiration, Masanobu Fukuoka
Instead, I found Sean to be more caring about people that you would imagine, considering his current battle with the city of Longwood. He's unassuming, friendly, coherent and well-versed in Florida law. He also has a deep love for the environment and the many creatures that inhabit it, right down to the microorganisms in the soil.

His focus, rather than being on the way things are clunking along right now and on the codes that keep us in a cycle of cropping and poisoning... is on the future of humanity and our planet.

Here he is, in his own words:

Sign his petition by clicking here.

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At January 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Very interesting. The idea of "sudden ecosystem collapse" strikes me. Reading Nassim Taleb's book "Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder", it sure seems the way we treat our local environment is a perfect picture of this: choosing an overly-ordered, fragile approach which is subject to quite sudden collapse. It's the short-sighted pursuit of a few perceived benefits while ignoring the many potential downsides.

At January 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Great thoughts. I was quite impressed by Sean's thinking. He's literally ignored the peripherals and gone right to the root problem without counting the personal cost. My hat's off to him.


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