Definitions , the Ethics
CULTURE of the PERMANENCE
PERMACULTURE, is a practical system of ecological design.
By learning to mirror the patterns found in healthy natural environments, you can build profitable, productive, sustainable, cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.
Permaculture designs range from households to major agricultural enterprises and even whole bio-regions. It integrates disciplines relating to food, shelter, energy, water, waste management, economics and social sciences to create whole systems capable of regenerating devastated lands and building sound social/economic systems.
great thanks to Bill Mollison and Masanoba Fukuoka
THE ETHICS OF PERMACULTURE
Permaculture departs from any other design system in that it is guided by a common sense ethical system which forms the criteria for design decisions. The ethic is
· Care of the Earth
· Care of the People of the Earth
· Conscious Frugality
· System surpluses distributed to accomplish these aims
Permaculture is unique among farming systems in that it works with a set of ethics that suggest we think and act responsibly in relation to each other and the earth. The ethics of permaculture provide a sense of place in the larger scheme of things, and serve as a guidepost to right livelihood in concert with the global community and the environment, rather than individualism and indifference.
1. Care of the Earth: includes all living and non-living things and plants, animals, land, water and air
2. Care of People: promotes self-reliance and sense of community , inter-connection of all, thus consciously living oneness
3. Conscious Frugality responsibly access to resources necessary for existence,
4. Setting Limits to Population & Consumption: gives surplus , share (time, labor, money, information, energy, food ) to achieve the aims of earth and people care
Permaculture also acknowledges a basic life ethic, which recognizes intrinsic worth of every living thing.
A tree has value in itself, even if it presents no commercial value to humans. That the tree is alive and functioning is worthwhile. It is doing its part in nature: recycling litter, producing sequestering carbon dioxide, sheltering animals, building soils, and so on.