Permaculture – Broad Brush
- Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.
- Distilled from multiple disciplines – ecology, energy conservation, landscape design, and environmental science – these principles are inherent in any permaculture design, in any climate, and at any scale.
- Permaculture ethics are more akin to broad moral values or codes of behavior: earth care, people care, and fair share, applied to all actions.
- Permaculture principles provide a set of universally applicable guidelines used in designing sustainable habitats.
- Observe and interact: By taking the time to engage with nature, we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
- Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.
- Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
- Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
- Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
- Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs with the details filled in as we go.
- Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
- Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
- Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
- Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often to most valuable, diverse, and productive elements in the system.
- Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.
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