As some of you will know (since I’ve talked about it so much!) I participated in a Permaculture Design Course earlier this year and many of you have asked me “what is Permaculture?” So I thought I would do a short series to explain it. In this first post I will give you the summary given by the Permaculture Association UK. I will then try to explain a little more in subsequent posts and why I think it is so relevant to my faith.
Permaculture Explained from “Permaculture Works” by the Permaculture Association
Permaculture works with nature to make a better world for all. By observing the natural world we can see that there are a set of principles at work.
Permaculture design uses these principles to develop integrated systems to provide for our needs of food, water, shelter, energy and community in ways that are healthy and efficient. Through permaculture design we can improve the quality and productivity of our individual lives, our society and our environment.
Permaculture has an ethical basis:
- Earth care – enabling all life systems to continue and increase
People care – enabling access to the resources people need for a good quality of life
Fair share – limits to population and consumption – to share resources for Earth care and People care.
Twelve permaculture design principles allow us to creatively re-design our environment and behaviour in a world of less energy and resources. They are universal – how they are applied vary greatly from project to project:
I hope to expand on these ethics and principles in further posts but if you can’t wait talk to me or visit: