‘Permaculture’ is a word originally coined in 1977 by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren to a form of ‘agriculture’ that was capable of going on ‘permanently’. I’ve taken it to mean something even more all-encompassing,
ombines the invention of ‘agriculture’ with the idea combines our knowledge of materials, design, and agriculture to maximize our productivity & efficiency.
When we stop wasting fuel cutting grass in our green spaces (at our homes, schools, public spaces, etc.) then we take the first step towards a sustainable world. Permaculture eliminates yards that are a strain on our bodies, our wallets, our time, and our children. Try to imagine a new world in which our entire community is transitioned into a place where food & native grasses grow synergistically. Can you imagine the unquantifiable value that would have on our young people who eat healthier & live more active lifestyles; on the wisened elders in our communities whose ‘institutional gardening knowledge’ can be shared with their grandkids; on the int’l students who go back home with the experience of living amongst people who use every precious resource available to enhance their community; or on the contractors whose business will be booming due to the uptick in demand for retrofit services and yard-replacements? Can you imagine that kind of world? Try. We have to do this. “If not us, who?If not now, when?” That’s a quote from Ronald Reagan.
There will be pain and there will be investments that don’t immediately provide the return (ROI) that we expect to see. Nor will we be able to become totally self-sufficient, but that’s not the goal; which is to grow what we can, where we can and to be our best selves. We’ll get our kids to eat healthier, put down their phones & video game controllers, learn something about work, connect with their elders, and develop their concern for the world around them. We’ll also save money on fuel, save time in management, get healthier food, reduce unemployment, indirectly teach people about growing healthy eco-systems; we’ll reduce dependence upon other food sources and we’ll create a world worth living in for, not just our children, but our children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s childrens’s children’s children.
Those generations aren’t in our immediate field of vision, however we all know that they’re coming, and they’re ‘watching’ us. They’re watching what we do and they’re learning how to live by our examples. If we don’t, they will; and if they don’t, then their children will.
We have to approach this as if we’re in a state of perpetual war. Our soldiers are stationed all over the world b/c we’re in a state of war with terrorism; what are we going to do to stand with them and sacrifice some of our comforts to help them? We have to take back the moral high ground and disprove the rhetorical attacks on our culture. If you don’t take action, then we’re going to deal with the same problems over and over again, and then we’ll make ourselves feel better by falling asleep with TV on, or we’ll feel better by eating some hot wings at the ‘tailgate’ party at ‘the game’. It’s pathetic how ‘spectacle’ has triumphed, but it’s not anyone’s complete fault. None of us are evil people, we just didn’t know b/c we’d never heard or conceptualized a vision for the future that is this ferociously elegant.
We bailed-out the banks, now let’s bail-out Suburbia.
What else can a permaculture-policy do?
-reduces money wasted on Energy
-reduces labor wasted on maintenance
-increases personal food production
-improves food quality
-relieves pressure on supply chains
-sends a message to the world
-gives us back the moral highground
-provides healthy exercise
Let me end by asking the same question asked by Reagan, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
Thanks for reading,