Category: Why Permaculture?

Storytelling for the Future: Permaculture, Star Wars and Mythology

A rocket model and buildings in Ong Jemel, Tunisia. Ong Jemel is a place near Tozeur, where the movies Star wars and the English Patient were filmed.

If you have never seen any of the ‘Star Wars’ films, you may be forgiven for thinking that Thursday, the fourth of May, is not any particularly special date. But then again, you probably have seen at least one of them, since they are part of one of the most popular movie franchises in the world (1), and even if you haven’t, you have probably heard the phrase “May the […]

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A Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Tillage

Soil has been described as “the fragile, living skin of the Earth” and yet its’ fragility has often been ignored in the continuous use of tillage techniques in modern agriculture. Tilling is the process of preparing land for growing crops by mechanically modifying soil structure. Other names for tilling include digging, plowing, cultivation, etc. This technique was adopted by farmers 10,000 years ago for a number of reasons. However, years […]

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Coastal Erosion Mayhem

Coastal erosion is the removal of coastal material such as cliffs and marshes by sea waves or human activities causing seawater to encroach into the land. This is a huge problem because approximately 23% of the world population lives within 100 km distance of the coast. All these inhabitants are exposed to the risk of flooding and losing their property. 1800 km of the 4500 km of the English coast […]

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Using the Community as Part of Your Own Permaculture Design

When beginning with a permaculture design, when we get out our pencils and graph paper and start dreaming a little, we often do so with a rather insular perspective of what our systems can be. We think of how to be sustainable on our own quarter-acre. We think of how to go about doing it all by ourselves. For me, someone who rarely envisions more than a couple of acres […]

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The Growing of Trees and Plants for Climate Change Mitigation

Plants and trees have been grown for human consumption for generations. Vegetables and fruits obtained from plants and trees are used to sustain lives on earth. As a result, trees and plants are important resources for our day-to-day survival. Apart from the fact that humans consume vegetables and fruits from plants and trees, they all have other health benefits. For example, plants such as Catnip and Blackberries have been used […]

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Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Researchers at the University of Bristol may have engineered a new way to clean up our planet’s waterways – with a swimming machine called “Row-bot,” which digests pollution and turns it into electricity for fuel. “Sometimes, tankers flush their oil tanks into the sea, so oil is released into the sea that way,” said roboticist Jonathan Rossiter, host of a TED Talk that discussed the potential these robots may have. […]

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The Controversial Third Ethic of Permaculture

Permaculture’s core is rooted in the philosophy’s adherence to three equal ethics. The first two, Earth Care and People Care, have been widely accepted by the community for what they are – straight-forward and logical. The third ethic, however, has been the subject of some debate among permaculture practitioners for many years. In fact, the ongoing discussion around the various interpretations of this third ethic can offer some explanation as […]

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Do People Really Care about the Environment?

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” – Chris Maser, Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest The idea of caring for our planet may seem like self-evident common sense to the indigenous tribes of the world who live in close connection to the Earth. Likewise, for all other […]

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Agriculture and Autism: A Perfect Match

Farmer planting young seedlings of lettuce salad in the vegetable garden

In conversations about sustainability, I often end up saying that the kind of projects I get most excited about are those that not only help the planet but help people at the same time. These could be businesses or organizations that combine local food with fighting hunger or rainforest conservation with empowering women, but one of my favorite combinations was one I got to work with firsthand. One summer during […]

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Climate Change Has Already Had a Negative Impact on Animals on Every Continent

A new study has revealed that we have underestimated the impact climate change has had on endangered species around the world. These effects have been particularly traumatic for mammals and birds on the endangered species list – even species included on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s “red list.” According to the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, global warming has already impacted approximately 700 species […]

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Soil Contamination: Its Causes, Effects, and Solutions

What is Soil Contamination? Soil contamination refers to the destruction of land that could be used constructively by human activities, either directly or indirectly. Presently, 300,000 ha of UK land is thought to be contaminated by toxic elements such as lead and arsenic. The same goes for the other industrialized nations which are the worst hit. The developing countries are also steadily but surely moving toward this direction.This should be […]

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Become a WWOOFER with PRI!

Learn more about organic farming and sustainable living by volunteering as a WWOOFER with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI)! PRI is now offering limited WWOOFing opportunities, we can only take 3 enthusiastic workers at a time, with a minimum one month stay. Working with PRI, directed by world renowned Geoff and Nadia Lawton, gives volunteers the opportunity to live and work at Zaytuna Farm – under the guidance […]

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