Permaculture is a design system for sustainable human habitats and basis of a worldwide citizen-led movement present in over 100 countries.
For decades, permaculture practitioners have devised creative responses to changes in local climatic conditions. In doing so, they have developed a collective knowledge and experience invaluable to global efforts to address climate change.
This book, researched and written by two notable academics, brings this expertise from the margins into the centre of policy debates and mainstream action. It describes in broad terms how permaculture’s underlying philosophy and perspective on climate change complements those of formal science and indigenous knowledge and provides detailed, accessible descriptions of practical applications drawing on case studies from around the world illsutrated by excellent photographs. It considers how global responses can most effectively draw upon the unique contributions permaculture has to make.
(From: Permanent Publications)
This short, affordable book of around 100 pages is ideal for introducing permaculture concepts to people concerned about the effects of climate change. It is sumptuously illustrated with abundant full colour photographs covering ideas and projects from all over the world, all geared towards demonstrating how permaculture can help us adapt to and mitigate climate change. It covers a broad range of strategies in short, focused chapters, mostly just two or three pages in length. Although written by academics, the language used is not daunting or overly scientific in any way, but it is precise and accurate, inspiring confidence and encouraging the reader to delve deeper into the subjects covered. It is not a how-to book, it is for opening people's eyes to the possibilities that permaculture offers to bring hope to a changing planet.
This is a book to get into the hands of anyone with an interest in our planet, be they politicians, teachers, students, or your own friends who you want to be able to share a little hope with. It won't answer all their questions, but it will open their eyes to possibilities, and inspire them to start asking better questions.
Here's the list of contents to give you a better idea of the range of subjects introduced.
2 .1 Climate Change: from Adaptation to Transformation
2.2 Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation
2.3Cultivating a Global Climate Change Action Research Community
3. Perspectives, Local and Global
3.1 Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change, and Permaculture
3.2 Global Perspectives: Biomes, Planetary Boundaries and Sustainable Developmental Goals
4.1 Water Regulation and Management
4.2 Soil Protection and Restoration
4.6 Creation and Use of Microclimates
4.7 Bioclimatic Building
4.8 Energy Descent
4.9 Bioregionalism and Economic Localisation
4.10 Regenerative Enterprise
4.11 Commons-Based Governance
4.12 Social Technologies
4.13 Conflict Transformation
4.14 Personal Resilience
4.15 Changing Worldviews
4.16 Indigenous and Local Knowledge
4.17 Popular Education
5. Future steps
5.1 Permaculture and Climate Policy
5.2 Climate Change Statement and Action Plan