Permaculture and the Myth of Overpopulation

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When teaching permaculture I often start out by doing a giant problems mind map. I ask students to brainstorm all of the major “problems” they see in the world to reflect on what brought them to study permaculture. Nine times out of ten the idea of overpopulation as a root “problem” in the world comes… Read more »

Best Kids’ Permaculture Album Ever

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The story of the project. Music is by far the raddest way to learn stuff! Our band Formidable Vegetable Sound System has been touring around the world for the past three years singing songs about permaculture (ecological design) at some of the biggest festivals on the planet (Glastonbury, BOOM) in the hope of inspiring people… Read more »

Permaculture Swaying on the Stunning Emerald Waters of Kilifi, Kenya

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It’s no secret that Tom and Romain Mari have totally transformed Kilifi. With their tireless enthusiasm, style, passion, sweat and tears they have managed to create the coolest place on the East African Coastline: Distant Relatives Eco lodge and Backpackers. When we first met them in 2011, we kicked it off immediately; their visions of… Read more »

Bartering System Makes a Comeback Due to Greek Financial Crisis

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Greece is in financial crisis. That’s unlikely to be news to anyone after updates on the Greek economy have been gracing our television screens, newspapers and radios for the last month or so. But most of the reports focus on the impact that the financial crisis and the third bailout programme will have on the… Read more »

Increased Environmental Awareness amongst Developing World Factory Workers

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Industry development plays a pivotal role in the economy of a country. It not only provides employment to local working class but also, it boosts economy by selling and exporting the products manufactured by the factories. As we all know, factories have direct impact on our environment and eco-system. The emissions of gases and disposal… Read more »

Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Jordan 2015 Has been won by Geoff Lawton and The Permaculture Research Institute for the Permaculture sites featured in Greening/Re-Greening the Desert “To be honored with this award is a great recognition of our work for a better environment and motivates us to continue our endeavors in the future” Geoff Lawton,… Read more »

PRI Luganville, Set Up Stage 1

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Tom and Zaia Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast join Daniele Bettini, Anne Blanc and Meriem Kadiri to set up the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville in Vanuatu. The Permaculture Research Institute Luganville volunteers, with Aunty Lyn Tom and I arrived in Port Vila Sunday afternoon and went to our accommodation. We settled in and got prepared… Read more »

Defining Permaculture Away from the Garden

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Black chillis sprouting in toilet roll cardboard (Photo by Irene Kightley) I’ve recently been interacting with a lot of people who are new to, but completely interested in, Permaculture, and in general, they think of it as a type of gardening. Most often, the explanation I hear of what newbies think Permaculture is revolves around… Read more »

A Fresh Perspective on the Drought in California and the Future of the Water Crisis

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California’s epic drought began in July 2011 and continues to make life increasingly difficult for its residents as the flow of the water diminishes to a trickle. California has a climate that is classified as Mediterranean partially because the majority of the precipitation accumulates from October to March, when greater than 80% of the state’s… Read more »

Green in Guatemala, or Planting the Perennial Seeds of Permaculture

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Earth Lodge, Aldea El Hato, Guatemala My wife Emma and I have recently been offered roles in two separately exciting projects that are striving to bring permaculture to two very different audiences. One is working with an indigenous community near (as in a two-and-a-half hour bus ride, crossing rivers that have no bridges, into the… Read more »