Thursday, February 26, 2015

Environmentality 25 February 2015, Paul Gale-Baker, Permaculture

The Permaculture Flower (shows the holistic approach of permaculture)
This might just be me but permaculture makes sense, a lot of sense. Although the word permaculture is new to me (I didn’t even know what it meant 6 months ago), the concept of it and the principles are not new. The principles of permaculture form a very holistic approach that can be applied to almost anything that involves humans and the way we live on this planet. Essentially, if everyone followed the permaculture design principles, we would live in an abundant, community focussed, biodiverse and environmentally sustainable world! How’s that for a definition?!

Our guest this week, Paul Gale-Baker is a permaculture designer at Urban Shepherd who has had his head into the concept of permaculture for 40 or so years. So to get the nitty gritty details (and correct definitions) of permaculture, you are best to listen to the podcast here.
If you’re looking to get more information on the topic, a good starting point would be David Holmgren’s Permaculture – Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability. By all means, have a look around to see what else you can find and leave a comment if you know of or find anything else that would be helpful to those looking to find out more.

To finish the show this week, we quickly went through the ways to get involved in permaculture which I think is worth mentioning here:
-Look up a local permablitz you can attend
-Join a local sustainability group (Banyule, Darebin, Fawkner)
-Read books and search online

Permablitz in action
Next week on the show we are chatting to some students from Operation Newstart about their recent trip to the You Yangs and some of their new found knowledge on the impacts of the invasive weed boneseed.
Music from this week (thanks for the selections Paul)

Fast Train by Solomon Burke
Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
Stand By Me by John Lennon
Layla (acoustic) by Eric Clapton 

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