Permaculture, Autonomy, Land Defense: Life on the ZAD



“The Zone-to-Defend: A Story of Resistance by One Resident of La ZAD”

Monday, October 27 at 8:00pm

Collins Living-Learning Center (10th and Woodlawn)

The ZAD (Zone A Défendre) is a 4000-acre land occupation near Nantes, France conveniently located where the state and multinational construction company VINCI had previously intended to build a “green” mega-airport.  Since 2009, this massive swath of ancient farmland, abandoned houses, barns, forests, and swamps in western rural France have been occupied by local farmers and environmentalists in an attempt to prevent the construction of an airport that will greatly exacerbate the release of carbon dioxide and destroy many farmers’ way of life.

This constellation of squatted buildings and fields has come to be known at The Zone-To-Defend or La ZAD, and has lived up to its name every step of the way. The military police have attempted to violently evict the lands several times since its inception, but every time the ZADists come back stronger, more numerous, and with more creative permaculture techniques to re-occupy the land and rebuild their makeshift straw-bale cabins, treehouses, kitchens, theater spaces, bike workshops, pirate radio station, brewery, and bakery.  A participant is visiting Bloomington in order to share her experiences at the ZAD.



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