Friday, March 22, 2013

Documentary - Introduction to Permaculture Design


Via Top Documentary Films, this is an interesting documentary on the emerging field of permaculture design, an offshoot of the permaculture movement. Permaculture emerged from the fields of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design, which develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained horticultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

Here is a brief overview of permaculture from Wikipedia:
The core tenets of permaculture are:[3][4]
  • Take care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
  • Take care of the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
  • Share the surplus: Healthy natural systems use outputs from each element to nourish others. We humans can do the same. By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.
Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. It asks the question, "Where does this element go? How can it be placed for the maximum benefit of the system?" To answer this question, the central concept of permaculture is maximizing useful connections between components and synergy of the final design. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design therefore seeks to minimize waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.[5]

The design principles which are the conceptual foundation of permaculture were derived from the science of systems ecology and study of pre-industrial examples of sustainable land use. Permaculture draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, integrated farmingsustainable development, and applied ecology.[6] Permaculture has been applied most commonly to the design of housing and landscaping, integrating techniques such as agroforestry, natural building, and rainwater harvesting within the context of permaculture design principles and theory.
Enjoy the documentary.

Introduction to Permaculture Design



Permaculture is a system for sustainable living on Earth that benefits all creatures and supplies all the needs of humanity.

Present systems are failing miserably: resource depletion, water storage, degraded landscape, food shortage, climate change.

All these things are negative and we don’t need to focus on them completely, but we need to look at how we can positively design our way out of this problem.

How we can come up with solutions that will supply all our needs, benefit the environment, and create absolute abundance. A designed system that gives you a positive view on the future, something that you can engage in and feel meaningful.

Based on the 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course as devised by Bill Mollison, join Geoff Lawton as he takes you into the world of Permaculture Design and introduces you to a new way of looking at the world.

Learn how to apply your design skills by observing, analyzing and harmonizing with the patterns of Nature. Discover the theory and then see the examples in action in this unique video.

Essential information for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture and how they can apply it in their daily lives to create sustainable abundance.


Watch the full documentary now – 82 min
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