Paul Wheaton’s permies.com website is a quickly spreading permaculture community. In fact, it’s the largest forums for Permaculture lovers on the internet. The concept actually dates back to the mid-1970s, when Bill Mollison and David Holmgren were trying to conceptualize agricultural systems in Tasmania. Over time, greenies have adapted the core principals and expended on them. Wikipedia lists it a branch of ecological design and engeineering which contributes to sustainable architecture….focusing on three core principals of belief:
- Take care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
- Take care of the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
- Share the surplus: Healthy natural systems use outputs from each element to nourish others. We humans can do the same. By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.
It actually goes further than that, with a whole inner structure of staying green. Just what does Wheaton’s permies say? “It’s is about building a better world one brick at a time, instead of being angry at bad guys.”
This certainly needs more attention.
Source: How to Dive in to Permaculture by Paul Wheaton.
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