November 17th, 2016
Guest writer for Wake Up World
The fact of the matter is that, over the years, we have allowed ourselves to become more and more accepting of the urban way of life, with an ever increasing over-dependence on technology systems. Many of us have lost that innate feeling of oneness with nature. We have lost our heart-based connection to nature’s divine ebb and flow, as well as our understanding of our responsible place in it. Disconnected from our food supply, we expect to have instant food without ever questioning where it came from and under what conditions it was grown and raised. We have little consideration for the cycles of nature and how the fine balance of life is maintained. In effect, we have forgotten our role in nature. We have lost our innate interdependence and our sense of constructive, community-based living, and instead sacrificed it to the technology systems of the power structure, on which we rely more now than ever.
So what’s the solution?
Permaculture — meaning ‘permanent agriculture’ or ‘permanent culture’ — is a practice originally developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the early 1970’s. Since then it has spread all over the world like wildfire. Unlike the current world paradigm of mass production, permaculture is an ethical practical/applied philosophy based on the design and maintenance of a productive, eco-friendly, self-sustaining agricultural system that provides all the resources needed — food, soil, water, medicine, utilities, building infrastructure — for local community-based living. In harmony with nature, it provides the basis of a psychologically sound, thriving sustainable community.
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