Are you concerned with whatever is happening to our world right now? Pollution, global warming and other ecological and environmental issues are rampant right now. Luckily, there are still individuals who are concerned about our nature and society. These said individuals have devised different ways in order for us to be able to still live our lives without harming our environment too much. Among these said innovations is permaculture. Never heard of it? Then please read on and keep yourself informed.
What is Permaculture?
Basically, permaculture is a branch of ecological engineering, integrated water resources management, environmental design, and ecological construction and design. This branch aims to develop regenerative and self-maintained agricultural systems and habitats. It also aims to develop and maintain able architectures.
It is a natural science that originated in observing the different natural systems that already exist. The basic principles of permaculture ask individuals to observe their surroundings and to adapt to their natural systems. Once individuals are able to adapt more efficiently, they will be able to manage systems for water, food, medicine, shelter, and etc. more effectively.
How did Permaculture start?
Australians David Holmgren and Bill Mollison coined the term permaculture (as a scientific and systematic method) in 1978. Originally, the term permaculture used to refer to “permanent agriculture”. However, as time passed, the definition of the term permaculture expanded and now includes “permanent culture”. This expansion in the definition of permaculture was brought about by the natural farming philosophy of Masanobu Fukuoka. According to Masanobu, he expanded the definition of permaculture to include the social aspects of a culture since they are also vital to a fully sustainable system.
What are the principles of Permaculture?
Permaculture has several basic principles. Some of which include:
- Amassing different functions. In permaculture, this basically means that you should be able to get many outputs from a single thing (element) in your system. For instance, if you have a tree in your system, then that would be able to provide shelter, materials for construction, a food source, and etc.
- Conservation. This is a very important principle in permaculture. It states that you should only really use what you need.
- Share your surplus. If you have an abundant system and supplies, do not hoard it for yourself. Share and give it away to other individuals in your community.
Latest Advancements and Programs On Permaculture
NAPC, or the North American Permaculture Convergence is one of the leading advancements in the field of permaculture. Basically, the NAPC is a gathering of different professionals in the field of permaculture who are fully capable, qualified and are willing to share their knowledge with others. They even conduct seminars, provide tips, share their latest discoveries and etc.
Aside from NAPC, there are also a lot of other NGOs and organizations that go to different communities in order to teach the principles of permaculture. Some of these organizations even visit schools in very remote areas where technology is not really available, therefore making knowledge of permaculture relatively rare. When they get there, these experienced individuals share their knowledge towards the children and everyone willing to listen.
These are just some of the facts and latest advancements and projects regarding permaculture. If you are willing, you should also take part in this and help spread the word out!