Green Wednesday: What is Permaculture?

From on July 09, 2008 in Green Remodeling

home-garden.jpg“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature.” So says Bill Mollison, one of the creators of permaculture. Mr. Mollison, an Australian ecologist and University of Tasmania professor, was inspired to develop this method of living after observing the destruction of nature in the world around him. David Holmgren, also an Australian, was a co-founder of the movement; and together they have furthered the concept to the point it has reached today. Essentially, permaculture encourages supporting the natural laws of nature. When practicing this way of life, you support a sustainable and renewable system instead of one of depletion and destruction.

So how can we incorporate permaculture into our everyday life? There is a good chance you already are. Do you grow your own food, recycle, conserve energy and water, and donate to charities? All of this contributes to sustaining our natural resources and the human race as a whole.

The whole green movement exemplifies permaculture as well. When you use green building materials, reduce your usage of fuel, conserve resources, and avoid chemical products, you help to create a cleaner, healthier world. This philosophy of thought carries over into helping your fellow man as well and building communities committed to supporting and protecting each other. This movement is finally reaching high measures of success, as highlighted in “The Invisible U.S. Efficiency Boom” posted in Green Building News 2008.

Permaculture, as well as green building and eco-friendly living, all promote a lifestyle to stop the destruction of our beautiful earth and to do all we can to preserve a safe and healthy world for our descendents. If we don’t do our part now, can you just imagine what the future will look like for our children? If you are planning a home addition or renovation, definitely keep these principles in mind.