"The greater number of self-supporters, the faster will be the rate of improvement, that creation of technologies designed to lead people to self-reliance, work-enjoyment, creativity, and therefore the good life." ~ Dr E.E. Schumacher
Last month I wrote about the ethics of permaculture. From next month I want to start a series writing about one of the principles of permaculture each month. There are 12 principles so the series will continue through until January next year.
The ethics and principles of permaculture can be applied in our daily lives to help us build resilience and abundance. The principles are:
- Observe and Interact
- Catch and store energy
- Obtain a yield
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
- Use and value renewable resources and services
- Produce no waste
- Design from patterns to details
- Integrate rather than segregate
- Use small and slow solutions
- Use and value diversity
- Use edges and value the marginal
- Creatively use and respond to change
In my opinion knowing there are ethics and principles underpinning permaculture is so important. Why? Because I think a system of practices, or a way of doing something can easily become prescriptive. "You must do things this way", or "you can’t do that". Contrast this with a design system based on principles – it allows for the individual to follow their own path. Using these principles people can solve problems based on what will work in their situation – not based on a 'one size fits all' solution. Principles provide scope for positive action. On the other hand prescriptions or recipes may provide positive action for some people, but be misleading or oppressive for others, as one size never fits all.
Are you familiar with permaculture? What are your views regarding the permaculture principles?