Permaculture – A Movement Beyond Sustainable Agriculture

September 05, 2016

Permaculture Sustainability

The year 2015 was a big one for climate change.  Nations joined forces on two major agreements for the great good of our planet: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the COP21 Paris Agreement

While the aforementioned are two big players, many other individuals and organizations came together to put things in writing; officially establishing statements of change.

One example of this is the Permaculture Climate Change Statement.  Written by members of permaculture organizations from five different continents, the intention of this comprehensive statement was to create and share the permaculture perspective on climate change.

Though the practices within permaculture are age old, the movement itself is relatively young.  David Holmgren and Bill Mollison originally coined the term in the 1970’s, and it has since grown globally - embraced by practitioners, educators, and researchers. 

Permaculture is bound by three core ethics:

Care for the Earth;

Care for the people;

Care for the future.

Based on these core ethics, it is easy to see the direct correlation to sustainability. However what makes permaculture a practice that goes beyond sustainable agriculture is the complexity of this movement; which offers important tools and vital perspectives on how to deal with and address the impacts of climate change.

Permaculture uses a systems thinking approach to dig deep into root causes and consequences of climate change.  It is designed to look at patterns and relationships between the physical and social environment of a location.  Taking a broad perspective of the conditions, its aim is to find solutions that will make the greatest positive impact with the least amount of effort and resources.

Since climate change is a global issue with environmental, economic, and social consequences, it is smart to establish and implement frameworks that cover all of these components as simultaneously as possible.

“Permaculture integrates knowledge, experience, research and practices from many disciplines to restore landscapes and communities on a large scale.”

~Permaculture Climate Change Solutions

It is no surprise that forest conservation and reforestation are part of this framework.  The role which trees play in permaculture does not stop there however.  Agroforestry, food forests, soil restoration, and carbon capturing also rank as important components of climate change solutions.

If you would like to learn more about the strategies put forth to bring permaculture into communities near and far, check out this link for further details.

Do you practice permaculture?  We’d love to hear from you! Comment below or connect on social media.


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