Taken from the Latin Permanens – to endure or persist through time and cultura – cultures; meaning permanent cultures. Permaculture is an interdisciplinary design science, focused on sustainable system design. As stated by Dr Mollison in 1978 2sustainable is defined as a system, which over its lifetime produces energy equivalent to or in excess of what it consumes”
Permaculture operates on three ethics:
- Care of the Earth
- Care of the Species
- Return of excess to the First Two
We live on a planet in Crisis. Often individuals feel powerless to affect change. Permaculture offers positive solutions to the problems facing the world, using ecology for the basis of study, design and implementation which produces enduring, functional, sustainable and integrated systems that support human settlements and natural ecosystems. Permaculture design include but is not limited to the principles and practices of sustainable development of soil, water, crop, forest, architectural, business and financial systems, domestic food and water security, community development and micro-banking. By understanding permaculture one can create a sustainable environment in any situation, whether it be a large tract of land or a small urban setting.
The Permaculture Design process – 5 STEP below