Maddy Harland is a co-founder and editor of Permaculture International: Practical Solutions Beyond Sustainability, a magazine which offers practical, innovative solutions and global perspectives. 2017 is the magazine’s 25th Anniversary Year. This book is based on a selection of the editorials she has written for her magazine over those 25 years, combined with personal insights into her life and the world around her during that time.
In 1990 Maddy co-founded Permanent Publications, a publishing company specialising in practical ecological solutions, and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, once a military base, and now a thriving immersive learning center. She is a founding member of Gaia Education, which developed the Ecovillage Design Education course endorsed by UNESCO.
In this book Maddy Harland offers a unique frontline take on the environmental successes and challenges facing this planet and its people. She explores the rise of permaculture globally, from its origins in Australia in the 1970s to its current worldwide activities, and describes the positive developments of this global movement and its huge potential. Amid a wealth of solutions and the ecocide of ‘business as usual’, Maddy interfaces practical permaculture with global transformation and deep ecology. She writes of regenerative culture, earth restoration and social permaculture long before they became core ideas and practices. Her deep connection with the natural and human worlds and all that our differing cultures have to offer adds a beautiful dimension of heart to this book.
A treasure trove of gems of inspiration arising from the edges where the personal, local, national and global intersect and a glimpse into the life and mind of a remarkable woman.
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