Originally developed in the 1970’s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren Permaculture design has become an international practice, and has evolved and been added to since then by countless practitioners, designers and teachers from all domains.
Permaculture is a revolutionary whole systems approach to the design, re-design, and creation of living systems for human habitat which regenerate rather than degenerate the natural systems upon which we all depend. It combines traditional ‘pattern languages’, and indigenous techniques with contemporary leading edge research and practice.
It is based on learning from natural patterns, and working with, rather than against nature and is founded on three key ethics – Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.
A Permaculture Design approach is multidisciplinary and integrates land, people, resources and the wider environment. It can include agriculture; small and large scale food production; water harvesting and use; energy; natural and energy efficient building; waste management; trees; woodlands; forestry; animal systems; aquaculture; appropriate technology; nature stewardship; economics; education; and community development.
One of the underlying assumptions is that EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and that it is by exploring and designing with the relationships between things as well as the things themselves, that we can create these productive, regenerating and self managing systems.
Permaculture provides a positive and active response to the overwhelming issues we see and experience in our human and natural world – climate change and extreme weather events,; water and soil contamination; waste ‘mountains’; war; displacement; inequality; hunger and malnutrition; invasive species; animal exploitation; political inadequacy; and corruption.
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