the grassroots solution to climate change that we didn't know we needed
what is permaculture?
Permaculture is a philosophy stemming from working with, rather than against nature. Humans as one small part of earth's system, rather than 'dominant' stewards.
Founded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, the movement is based on three main ethics:
a way of living like it matters.
Permaculture owes the roots of its theory and practice to traditional and Indigenous knowledge, from all over the world. We pay our respects and are deeply grateful for these kaitiaki, both past and present.
how is this a solution to climate change?
Numerous solutions to climate change proposed by Project Drawdown are closely integrated with common permaculture activities. For example:
conservation agriculture - "uses cover crops, crop rotation, and minimal tilling in the production of annual crops. It protects soil, avoids emissions, and sequesters carbon"
reduced food waste - "means land and resources used and greenhouse gases emitted in producing it were unnecessary"
walkable cities - "Emissions decrease as pedestrians take the place of cars"
+ SO many more of them!
how can I help you get started?
I've been studying permaculture for a wee while now, and while I'm yet to do an official Permaculture Design Course (tysm covid!!), I literally dream of designing gardens + lifestyles.
Until I'm ~officially~ a permaculture designer, I'm offering consultations at a discounted rate.
$75 / 1hr zoom call
+ written notes and recommendations
topics I can cover:
composting / bokashi / worm farms + the best option for your situation
garden design or ideas
regenerative gardening methods + natural pest control options
permaculture basics - "a revolution disguised as gardening"
climate anxiety + mindset shift
low waste living
fermented foods + vegetarian recipes
why do I want
a garden anyway?
My favourite part of permaculture. Getting grubby in the garden, or even just a pot plant or two, has innumerable benefits - and having a well designed system will make it SO much easier.
- connecting with nature + touching some dirt is good for the soul (there is genuine science behind this! NB forest bathing + going barefoot)
- seeing something you've planted grow = a sense of achievement. PROOF you are a rad human
- observing nature + the seasons connects us with the here + now. It's hard not to be mindful while gardening. A green meditation.
- you will learn new things! Whether you like it or not!
- physical activity = good for the brain. Whether it's walking to the local community garden or lugging around a watering can.
- doing something for the climate + yourself is EMPOWERING. It directly combats climate despair + anxiety.
- provides habitat for diverse insects + animals. Biodiversity is essential. Mass-grown monocultures are the opposite to this.
- composting + having plants in the ground is incredible for the soil. Happy soil sequesters carbon from the atmosphere
- plants = good, duh
- eating locally grown produce reduces emissions via food mileage. I.e., your lettuce has travelled from your vege garden to your plate, rather than from a farm sometimes 100s or 1000s of kilometers away
- you can grow organic, or with minimal sprays. Pesticides destroy biodiversity. Biodiversity is essential to our ecosystems' health + function (as well as the inherent value of species' existence!)
- your Nana probably has a lot to teach you about growing food. & she will LOVE it if you ask her. Intergenerational connection is good for everyone.
- having even a little excess produce to share or swap betters everyone around you. Cheap and accessible healthy food, plus getting to know your neighbours. Win win.
- more resilient communities! Being able to swap seeds or knowledge or friendship or food means less reliance on food coming in from far away. In times of emergency or scarcity, this is HUGE.
oh. but, what does regenerative mean?
All the good stuff. Growing food to improve the soil rather than degrade it.
- compost / worm farms
- natural fertilisers (not synthetic!) e.g. seaweed tea, bokashi liquid
- no-dig / no tillage
- cover cropping / green manure / mulching
- no pesticides
- crop rotations
learn more about the 12 principles of permaculture
principle 1 -
observe & interact
notice changes in seasons
keep a garden diary
meet your neighbours
By taking time to engage with nature, we can design solutions that suit our particular situation
permaculture / sustainable living / zero waste / intersectional environmentalism / my personal faves
BLOGS / SOCIAL MEDIA
- how to save the world
- dismantled podcast
- when the facts change
- use what you have!
want to do a lil more?
The most important part: start small.
Change one lil habit. Sign one lil petition. Have one tough convo with a mate.
Here's a few ideas:
plant one lil herb - something you like to eat
learn about how your actions impact others all over the world
switch from cow milk to oat milk
make a submission to Parliament about something you're passionate about
learn where your food is coming from
switch to a conscious Kiwisaver scheme
make an action plan of all the things you'd love to change/implement eventually
pay for carbon offsets