Category: General

Rejoining Gaia – Restore Our Ecosystem Symbiosis

The first step to solving a problem is admitting to it. To change, use different thinking than what created it. How do we get from “our lifestyle is not negotiable” to “living a mutually beneficial lifestyle for us and our ecosystem?” The mother of all long-term problems is that our culture has become an “anti-ecosystem.” Humans lived in symbiosis with all life for three million years before the agricultural revolution. […]

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Bill Mollison Interview from 1991

Editor’s Note: Here’s a great Bill Mollison interview to throw into the mix. The interviewer is Alan AtKisson, who caught Bill in Seattle in ’91, and interviewed him in a downtown hotel to the ironic accompaniment of traffic noise. Alan: Permaculture is a slippery idea to me. But from what I read, it seems that not even those who actually do permaculture really know what it is. Bill: I’m certain […]

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Projects – On-the-Ground Permaculture Experience

Why roughing it in Africa or South America or Asia might be the best thing to happen to you. The more astute amongst you may have noticed we’ve added a ‘Projects’ section to the site. Over time we’ll build this section up to better reflect the kind of permaculture work that is going on worldwide. We also plan to add a ‘People’ section, where we profile permaculturists (minimum requirement that […]

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Hypocrites Unite!

At least we have some ideals to fall short of. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist In her new book, Not In My Name, Julie Burchill reserves her grandest fury about hypocrites for environmentalists. We are, she says, pious, sexless and contemptuous of humankind. All of us are posh and rich, and have found in environmentalism a new excuse for lecturing the poor. We […]

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Going to Pot!

You don’t have to have land, or even a backyard, to grow delicious food. Instead you can use containers – on balconies, rooftops, concrete, and the many underutilised nooks and crannies around the home or workplace. For city dwellers it can be a chance to obtain fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, and keep in touch with nature. Here Alanna Moore explains how to establish a container garden. A World View […]

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Claiming the Common Ground

Swedish architect and researcher Lena Jarlov looks at the history and value of creating gardens in the grounds of apartment buildings. She says that these forgotten areas can be transformed into places of rich human exchange. Also, by cultivating food gardens, the tenants reconnect with the earth and can harvest chemical-free vegetables, fruit and berries. Our towns and cities are full of unrealised gardens and it is important and urgent […]

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Establishing a Food Forest

Establishing a Food Forest

Is it possible to live sustainably and grow an edible Food Forest? Join me on an amazing journey from classroom theory to practical application. I will take you through the emerging process of seeding a food forest, watching it grow and emerge a few years later by allowing Nature to do all the work. Let me show a lost food forest 10 years later as I cut through tall grass and see how it has emerged and grown when left to its own devices.

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“A Call for Sustainable Practices in America”

Statement of Intention – A Call for Sustainable Practices in America We contend that many of the current laws in relation to land use, building development, health, and fire protection, while likely having the original purpose of protecting public health and safety, have not responded to critical social and environmental circumstances that now change the very definition of health and safety for today’s communities and for generations to come. We […]

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Kaoki Mange! Project: “Rubbish is a resource!” (Annual Report 2005)

The aims of the project were numerous: Create a Container Deposit Based Recycling System. Outcome: Aluminium cans and PET bottles pay 5c each at import, Lead-acid Batteries pay $5 Deposit / Refund, Cans and bottles refunded at 20c for five, One cent handling fee ensures system sustainability A Fully Operational Materials Recovery Facility. Outcome: $260,000 paid out in refunds; 4.7 million aluminium cans recycled; 800,000 PET bottles recycled; Over 8,000 […]

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Peak Permaculture

Hello, my name is Thomas Bell, I’m a designer……. & as a designer, I come to you with a design in mind *** So .. as a designer .. I see the world as a design problem .. & what I’d like to do today .. is talk about some designs .. & talk about design as a whole, & as human intention .. because, I think @ this point […]

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A green approach

G’Day to All…. Firstly & Foremost…. This CONCEPT, I’m going to attempt to explain, is “without doubt” one of Australia’s most important: Having vast “IMPLICATIONS” components & dynamics, requiring effort (s) not seen on this scale before. …with the premise of generating involvement within the local community that attracts support for such an endeavor. Secondly… to inspire, any Australian, who remotely understands the importance of innovation strategy & commitment to […]

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