We are inherently connected to the Earth and dependent upon clean water, soil, air, forests and oceans. It is our duty to act responsibly and care for the systems that sustain us. We must move beyond the concept of sustainability to a more regenerative approach that leads to thriving ecosystems of which we are a part.
Taking care of ourselves and each other is vital for our ability to do the necessary work of our times. To actualize our potential we must nurture the different parts of our minds, bodies, and spirits and develop an “inside-out” approach to cultivating peace, abundance and thriving communities. People care also embraces social justice to ensure that all people not only have access to resources, but also decision -making power to impact the control of resources.
Formerly known as Fair Share, I prefer to use the term Future Share. This concept helps us align our values to ensure that there is enough clean resources for future generations. Our practices reflect this ethic in that we are not using anything that takes away from the health of soil, water or air quality. It also encompasses a practice of distributing abundance to those who are most vulnerable to ecological degradation, lack food security and/or are oppressed.
Permaculture is a holistic design process that maximizes biodiversity, ecological plant and soil function. It is a systems approach to landscaping and homesteading as well as to social, political and economic sectors. The process of design and methodology is informed by natural patterns that enhance the relationships between the parts of a system, maximizing symbiotic interactions and benefiting the whole.
The modern application of permaculture was founded by Bill Mollison, an Australian scientist and teacher, and his student David Holmgren, an environmental designer. It has since been practiced around the world and in conjunction with community gardening, ecological landscaping, eco-agriculture, agro-forestry, zoning, planning, policy, community organizing, social and ecological justice.