What is permaculture?

permaculture is a design methodology that can help transform the way our homes, gardens, businesses, and farms operate to make for a less damaging and more sustainable way of life. It is able to do this because it has three ethical principles that form its core and guide all permaculture practice.

The first ethic of permaculture is ‘Care of the Earth’. This means exactly what it says: taking care of the planet that sustains and nourishes us. The earth gives us what we need and to ensure that we can survive and prosper, we need to treat it with consideration and respect.

The second ethical principle that forms the basis of permaculture is ‘Care of People.’ This means meeting people’s needs so that they can enjoy a good quality of life, and fulfill their potential, but without damaging the planet.

The third ethic is ‘Share the Surplus’. The idea is that you don’t use more than you need or that the planet’s life systems can sustain. Limit your consumption to no more than you need, and limit consumption of resources so that what we take from the earth does not damage or deplete it.

Taken as a whole, you could say that fundamentally permaculture’s ethics boils down to how to act to sustain the earth. And given the challenges we face, that’s got to be something we all need to be working on.

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