Art, Activism and Permaculture

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, known for instigating the famous bicycle protest at Copenhagen, explain how permaculture influences their approach to activism and civil disobedience – this interview with the Laboratory’s co-founders Isa Fremeaux and John Jordan is from the new book Art and Activism in the Age of Globalisation

Peak energy, climate change

Peak energy, climate change, and the collapse of global civilisation: the current peak oil crisis “This paper was written to empower people and societies to prepare themselves for the radical changes in the world ahead with the information presented in this analysis” –  Tariel Mórrígan Dec 14, 2010

Design for the Human Lifecycle

It seems to be a common failing in a society that is so peer-oriented, that people rarely seem to design and plan for the changing needs of the full human life cycle. It is easy to relate to the here and now, and the needs of our immediate, short-term future. As permaculture designers we need …

Harvesting the Suburbs

Robyn Francis, garden forage

Micro Eden Series: Making the most of small spaces to reduce food miles to meters with Robyn Francis Anyone can have a garden. “Small is beautiful” and the discovery of small space sufficiency can yield surprising results, not only as produce for the table, but as a place of beauty and the great sense of …

Going Potty Permaculture Style

Container gardens – making the most of small spaces to reduce food miles to meters Anywhere there is light and space plants will grow  – you don’t need to have a lot of space to create a micro edible landscape.  Robyn Francis explores the productive potential of container gardens and tips for the ‘potty’ gardener.

Slaves to Convenience or Conscious Consumer?

Robyn Francis writes on the art of being a conscious consumer to reduce your eco-footprint, save money and enjoy better health. Wendell Berry once said that it’s not an environmental crisis we face but a crisis of character. He was referring to the fact that the solution to the crises in our environment begins at …

Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

While mental health experts warn about depression as a global epidemic, other researchers are discovering ways we trigger our natural production of happy chemicals that keep depression at bay, with surprising results. All you need to do is get your fingers dirty and harvest your own food. In recent years I’ve come across two completely …

Beyond the PDC – Professional Development in Permaculture

Already done a PDC? Looking for ways to fill in the critical skills and knowledge gaps? We can help…PCA (Permaculture College Australia) offers a range of options for permaculturists to fast-track practical skills beyond the PDC to be more effective in your chosen field of Permaculture practices.• Professional Development short intensive courses,• Permaculture Practices longer …

Monbiot: Our response to the problem of invasive species

Did you know that 90 potentially invasive plant species are being sold in nurseries in Australia? George Monbiot ducsussesthe problem of our govenments’ reluctance to deal effectively with ecologically harmful plant and animal species: http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/10/04/the-aliens-are-coming/