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permaculture. 
 

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:

  • Earth care

  • People care

  • Fair share

TL;DR:

a way of living like it matters. 

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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. 

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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:

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

 
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why do I want
a garden anyway?
regenerative growing

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.

mental health:

- 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.

the planet:

- 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!)

the community:

- 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. 

How?

- compost / worm farms

- natural fertilisers (not synthetic!) e.g. seaweed tea, bokashi liquid

- diversity

- no-dig / no tillage

- cover cropping / green manure / mulching

- no pesticides

- crop rotations

 
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learn more about the 12 principles of permaculture

principle 1 -

observe & interact

e.g.

  • notice changes in seasons

  • keep a garden diary

  • journal

  • meet your neighbours

By taking time to engage with nature, we can design solutions that suit our particular situation
more resources

permaculture / sustainable living / zero waste / intersectional environmentalism / my personal faves

BLOGS / SOCIAL MEDIA

- ethically kate

- intersectional environmentalist  / green girl leah

- brown girl green

- milkwood

- @pattiegonia

- @stevieyaaaay

PODCASTS

- how to save the world

- dismantled podcast 

- when the facts change

THINGS 

- use what you have!

- oh natural

- ethically so

- the eco society

- cali woods

- well made clothes

 

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

my own words: