It is not the man who has to fight against a hostile nature, but nature is helpless that for generations has been the victim of humanity. (Jacques-Yves Cousteau)
Pollution, climate change, natural resource exploitation ...
The health of the Earth is critical, but fortunately the bad is not even end-stage! We can be a part of change, providing effective care to heal the many ills afflicting our planet. A "medicine" intelligent and no contraindications is Permaculture vegan.
When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more healthy and livable for those who come after us, if not for ourselves. (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr)
The concept of Permaculture (permanent agriculture) was coined in 1911 by Franklin Hiram King (in his book Farmers of Forty Centuries: Or Permanent Agriculture in China, Korea and Japan), defining it as an agricultural system that can support indefinitely. Since 1974 Australian Bill Mollison and David Holmgren began to develop a framework for a sustainable agricultural system, focusing it on a polyculture based tree species perennials, shrubs, herbaceous species, mushrooms and root systems. In addition to this method it had as objective the designing human settlements so as to reduce the work required to keep the production of waste and pollution and at the same time maintain or increase naturally soil fertility and biodiversity of the system. The process has spread around the world since the eighties.
The guidelines are:
Care of the earth (not to damage or restore the environmental balance).
Care of humans (meeting basic needs).
Sharing resources in excess (limiting consumption to basic needs).
Vegan perspective is added the ethical principle of Animal Care (work with them without exploiting them in any way, but in a natural synergy).
We can not command Nature except by obeying her. (Francis Bacon)
The 12 principles that govern the Permaculture are:
1. Observe and interact with the landscape.
2. Collect and conserves energy.
3. Make sure a harvest.
4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback offered by nature.
5. Use and emphasizes renewable resources and services.
6. Do not produce waste (everything is recyclable).
7. Design model from retail (inspired by nature).
8. Integrate instead of separating (all elements must support each other).
9. Small and slow is beautiful (for sustainability).
10. Use and values diversity.
11. Use and enhances the margin.
12. Respond to the changes and use them creatively
Our overgrowth economic clashes with the limits of the finite biosphere. The regenerative capacity of the earth can no longer follow the question, man transforms resources into waste faster than nature is able to transform this waste into new resources. (Serge Latouche)
Permaculture, from the stage of planning, take into account the specific characteristics of the territory (resources, climate, potential disasters) adapting the project in full compliance with its peculiarities. Without the use of herbicides, irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides and plowing you can get edible perennial grasses, fruits, oilseeds, medicinal herbs, vegetables. The whole process from planting to planting plants aims to create a highly productive garden that requires little maintenance. Human survival is closely linked to a type of agriculture that can last, with an environmental impact almost close to zero: from the garden home to urban centers can recreate that perfect balance between man and nature is essential to life itself. Permaculture vegan can provide the power to change the world! The secret is not to depend on anyone and invincible weapons that Permaculture vegan can provide are:
Food self-sufficiency (without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and fertilizers reduces pollution and the same waste production).
Energy independence (using renewable resources consumption is reduced on a global level by hitting the multinational oil companies and factories of war in the Middle East).
Green building (the use of materials already present in nature reduces the environmental impact and allows the creation of environments healthier and healthy).
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. (Quote of the Navajo people)