Today, the importance of sustainable living has become more important and popular than ever. Basically, more people are trying to use the Earth’s resources in a way that they give back whatever they take.
The world is becoming increasingly aware that the Earth’s resources aren’t unlimited. Permaculture is one of the solutions for sustainability. Here are some must-know facts about the topic:
Fact #1: Involves sustainable ecological systems
Permaculture actually involves several scientific branches, including:
Integrated water resources management
The goal is to develop agricultural systems/habitats that are self-maintained and regenerative.
Other goal is to observe various natural systems that already exist. The basis of permaculture is for people to observe their environment and then adapt to their natural systems. After they can do that better, they can better manage systems for food, water, shelter, medicine, etc.
Fact #2: The term “permaculture” was coined in 1978
Two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term “permaculture” in the late 1970s. At first, the term actually referred to “permanent agriculture.” However, with time, the term expanded and now also includes “permanent culture.”
It’s based on the farming philosophy of an individual named Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka was responsible for expanding the term “permaculture” to include the social components of a culture. The reason is that they are also critical to a system that is fully sustainable.
Fact #3: Includes various key basic principles
Some of the basic principles include:
Conservation: People should only use the resources that they require.
Shared surplus: Extra supplies and systems should be shared with others in the community.
Collecting various functions: People should get several outputs from one element in a system. For example, a tree should provide food, shelter, etc.
Fact #4: Has new advancements and programs
The North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC) is one of the fields of permaculture’s top advancements. NAPC is a collection of various professionals in the field who are fully qualified and willing to share their own knowledge with other people.
Besides NAPC, other organizations exist, which go to various communities in order to share the principles of permaculture. Some of these organizations visit schools located in remote areas, where little technology is available. This allows them to share knowledge and principles related to permaculture with the children there, as well as others who are interested in the topic.
The key benefit of this process is that people who learn about it can then share what they’ve learned with relatives, friends, and neighbors. Within time, entire communities can learn about what permaculture is, and how to use it in their everyday lives. The ultimate result is that they will use more sustainable resources in their everyday lives, and thus promote their conservation.
The importance of this sort of approach increases yearly, as the effects of global warming and the dwindling resources of the earth become an increasing problems. It is hoped that this approach will continue to make a difference.