Friday, October 18, 2013

Permaculture: the Philosophy and Ethics of a True Survivalist.

Since we made the choice to make preparedness our business and our business preparedness we have faced many judgments about our choices. The survivalist movement goes far beyond the common stereotype of surviving the "Zombie Apocalypse" with bullets, beans and band-aids    I would like to share a philosophy on survivalism which goes way beyond preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Survivalism is about sustainability, and even beyond that it is about giving back and producing.  

We were catching up on one of our favorite's  "The Survival Podcast" with Jack Spirko, when I had an AHA moment where it all came together in a single moment, in a single word.  That magical 4 syllable word .... Permaculture!  This design brilliantly captures the very essence of survivalism, going beyond sustainability into a transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.  By building skills and resilience at home and in our local communities we help prepare for an uncertain future and decrease our dependence on current mainstream limited energy resources.  It's about thinking "Outside the Box". For example, sourcing alternate energy such as solar, geothermal and thermometric technologies for future emergency consumption.  It's about growing gardens and producing food in a manner that gives back to the earth and does not strip it bare in a way that current agricultural does.  Simply put, Permaculture is the ideal philosophy for a modern survivalist.  The principles and ethics can be adopted for everyday thought, action and contribution. 

We would like to share some of the general ethics and principles of Permaculture.  We encourage you to apply some, if not all, of these principles to your actions.  Do what you can with what you have but you will find you have more than you thought when you really dig deep and apply the basics.  

Permaculture Design Ethics 

Earth care, people care and fare share are the Ethics that form the foundation of Permaculture design.  

Earth Care: The earth is a living, breathing entity.  Without ongoing care and nurturing there will be consequences too big to ignore. 

People Care:  If people's needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper. 

Fare Share:  We are provided with times of abundance which enables us to share with others. 

Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles

Permaculture Design Principles

Principle 1: Observe and Interact 

By taking the time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.  

Principle 2: Catch and Store Energy

By developing systems that collect resources when they are abutment, we can use them in times of need. 

Principle 3: Obtain a Yield

Ensure you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing. This does not just apply to crops, it applies to everything that you do.

Principle 4: Apply self-regulation and accept feedback. 

We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. 

Principle 5: Use & Value Renewable Resources & Services

Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non--renewable resources

Principle 6: Produce No Waste

By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us nothing goes to waste. 

Principle 7: Design from Patterns to Details

By stepping back we can observe patterns in nature and society.  These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filed in as we go.

Principle 8: Integrate Rather Than Segregate 

By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between them and they support each other.  

Principle 9:  Use Small and Slow Solutions

The bigger they are harder they fall.  Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes. 

Principle 10: Use and Value Diversity

Don;t put all your eggs in one basket.  Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the enlivenment in which it resides. 

Principle 11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal 

The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place.  These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.  

Principle 12: Creatively Use and Respond to Change 

We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing then intervening at the right time. 

These principles were developed by Permaculture co-originator David Holmgreen and were first published in Essence of Permaculture in 2002.. Visit for an interactive reiveiw of these ethics and principles. 

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