Following on from our first in the series on “Heroes” – real people making a difference for people and planet – we focus on Bill Mollison, co-creator of permaculture. In fact he is often referred to as the “Father of Permaculture”. Permaculture systems allow individuals and communities to fulfill their very own demands. It also allows people to reclaim control of their lives, as well as enhance nature as opposed to killing it. Doesn’t that sound like a great idea? Sadly, Bill is no longer with us. He passed away not long ago at the age of 88. But he left one heck of a legacy.
Permaculture – Fair Share, People Care & Earth Care
For those of you who don’t know, permaculture is more than a farming system. The design methodology calls for collaboration with, instead of versus, nature. By working with nature, people can obtain higher organic yields and feed communities healthy food. Not only this, but we can apply the methodology to other systems as well. Things like business models and community partnerships can work on permaculture principles. The emphasis is on fair share, people care, and planet care.
A biologist having actually established permaculture principles in his homeland Tasmania, Bill Mollison then went on to spread permaculture abroad. Now an international movement and with much cultural and geographical diversity, it offers solutions to some of the biggest problems we face today. Based largely on observation – both of nature and of indigenous people’s interaction with nature – Mollison’s approaches to growing plants is truly sustainable. It takes a holistic view of the system and looks to provide a variety of functions (stacking function) from each element. This makes the approach interesting to view from many angles.