Why is permaculture necessary?
The means with which we currently meet our needs in the west have been proved to be unsustainable, inefficient and socially and ecologically harmful. ‘Advanced’ and industrial agricultural methods have depleted soils, displaced communities, created massive pollution, affected biodiversity and destroyed wildlife habitat.
What is the solution?
There is no one solution or one size fits all approach. Permaculture means designing systems based on permanence integrating ecological principles. In creating permanent, high yielding ecosystems humans can thrive on as little land as possible, leaving as much land to remain as wilderness.
Due to the diversity of life on Earth, systems are designed to be unique, that is to be designed around local soils, landforms and climates as well as local people’s needs, preferences and capabilities. Permaculture systems are being implemented from the ground up all over the world, from the mountains of Nepal to the city streets of London.