Permaculture is an open source platform consisting of a set of ethics, design principles, characteristics and practices upon which organisations, communities and individuals develop useful applications.
The Permaculture Design System was initiated by two Australians living on the island state of Tasmania towards the end of the 1970s.
Bill Mollison, then a lecturer at the University of Tasmania, and David Holmgren, a student of landscape design at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, brought together ideas and techniques from traditional practices and cultures and combined them with modern scientific knowledge to form the basis of an approach to living that met the needs of people in ways that were likely to be sustained over a long period of time.
Now, in the second decade of the Twenty First Century, humanity’s dominance of the Earth and its natural systems gives to permaculture added validity as a means of creatively responding and adapting to the profound changes currently taking place within Earth systems. So profound are these changes, so deep the human influence on Earth systems of water, atmosphere, oceans and land that the period has been given a new name — the Anthropocene — the age of humanity.
Permaculture provides an avenue by which individuals, communities and local governments can respond to these changes without waiting for big business or big government to give them permission to act or to act themselves.
Through initiatives in regenerative farming and food production, urban agriculture, renewable energy, waste reduction and reuse, water harvesting and storage, humane animal management, energy and water efficient building, community economics, community development, research, effective decision making and livelihood creation, permaculture practitioners are designing, prototyping and deploying innovative solutions to making our communities, cities and cultures resilient to the changes now taking place.
Permaculture is a platform for the imagination made manifest.