Wilde on Turtle Island
These three Ethical principles form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies.
Here are the 12 principles of permaculture as described by David Holmgren.
By taking the time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.
Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the working you are doing.
We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. Negative feedback is often slow to emerge.
By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
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.
By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.
Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing and then intervening at the right time.
The ethics of Permaculture design are
Well what is Permaculture?
As a basic definition, Permaculture is an holistic design system for creating sustainable human settlements and food production systems. It is a movement concerned with sustainable, environmentally sound land use and the building of stable communities, through the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth.
By this very definition, this system necessitates that our conduct is focussed on the good of the planet, nature and the people. It cannot work otherwise.