Permaculture and Community Resilience


 

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Permaculture is a holistic design philosophy described as the art and science of creating community ecosystems in which plants, animals, human beings, and all forms of ecological diversity interact to produce a prolific, ecologically-sound, and regenerative system that can support itself and life indefinitely.

The focus of permaculture is to design and establish societal systems that provide for humanity’s material and non-material needs including food, water, shelter, energy, and health in a way that is symbiotic and synergistic with the Earth’s natural ecosystems.

More recently permaculture is incorporating an ever-growing landscape of diverse fields and skill sets and is being applied towards areas such as business, government, economics, group process, social systems, and even inner work.

Permaculture Ethics

• Care of Earth
• Care of People
• Share the Surplus

Some Aims of Permaculture

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• Re-Forest the Earth
• Reclaim and build soil
• Grow food where people are
• Sequester carbon to balance the biosphere
• Create Regenerative Culture
• Catalyze a Global Grassroots Movement
◦ Ecological, Social, Cultural Healing
◦ Restorative Justice
◦ Education for Self-Reliance

Memorable Permaculture Quotes

“The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.”
– Bill Mollison

“Permaculture is a whole systems design methodology based in a set of ethics and principles used to design sustainable and regenerative human settlements, communities, social, political, and economical systems.”
– Rick Taylor

“Permaculture is about saving the planet, living to be 100, while throwing very impressive dinner parties and organizing other creatures to do most of the work!”
– Linda Woodrow

“Permaculture is the art and science of creating community ecosystems in which plants, animals, and people interact to produce a fecund, ecological system that has the means to support itself indefinitely.”
– Marisha Auerbach

What is Community Resilience? Why does it matter?

Resilience: “the ability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.” (Community and Regional Resilience Institute)

We are facing an urgent need to build resilience in our homes, neighborhoods and communities in the wake of climate change, drought and social injustice; encouraging individuals and organizations to tackle actions as a community that allow us to get our basic needs taken care of while we reduce carbon emissions build vibrant, equitable, regenerative, localized communities. We want to re-create our future together in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil BUT on localized food, sustainable energy sources, reduced carbon emissions, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.

How can this approach to building resilience help me and my community, other than fighting climate change?

The Community Resilience Challenge is a win-win-win in so many ways –

1) It helps YOU… 

  • have fun and meet new people! How cool is it to hang out with people to work on a positive project together?
  • save money by swapping, bartering; or reducing your water or energy bill.
  • become healthier & stronger by planting a garden or participating in a group bike ride.

2) It helps the local economy by pledging to buying from local businesses.

3) It helps your neighborhood by creating a strong sense of community and safer neighborhoods,  when you  participate in workshops and work parties with neighbors and community members.