Legacy or an historic view?

What will be the legacy we leave for our children, and our children’s children?
We normally consider our legacy towards the end of our lives, but why not reflect continually throughout our existence?
When we look down the trail of lives, will we be proud?
The Children’s fire is an idea that I came across recently thanks to those at Embercombe. It states that no law or action can be taken that may harm the children (now and in the future). How would this impact the way you live your life and the decisions you make? What kind of society would not have this idea embedded at the heart of decision-making?
When we evaluate the SHDC Landscape Officer’s report for Totnes community wind farm, particularly the huge value given to maintaining the view from sites of history and heritage, confusion sets in. We assume that conserving these views is a duty that must be upheld for future generations at all cost. Would your children prefer an historic view over a secure source of renewable energy? Will these views help keep their lights on for many years to come?
I don’t have the answers, but what I do believe is that we should make decisions with our children’s rights in much higher regard. There is no doubt that the conservation of local history is an important task, but it must be set within the current context and with future needs in mind.
Totnes community wind farm offers us the opportunity to create a legacy to be proud of – that invests in our future and is part of the remedy for one of the most sinister diseases in modern life – myopia – also known as short-sightedness.

“Children are one third of the population and all of our future”, Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981.

Olly Frankland