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Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Redesigning Civilization – with Permaculture

by Toby Hemenway March 8, 2013

Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess and what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society.

This is the sequel to Toby’s popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and The Planet, but not Civilization."

Redesigning Civilization – with Permaculture

 

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Thom

3/14/2013 7:48 AM

We as consumer-based societies have to adopt a "steady-state" economic model in order to continue to exist in the closed system that is the earth. Of course this is anathema to economists and governments who count on annual economic growth figures to ensure their continuing rule. They must convince the populations that economic growth is the ONLY model that works, even though it has only been in existence for a little over 125 years and is seriously depleting resources and habitat. When you begin to think about steady state economics, it is such an alien concept as to be almost incomprehensible. A little research will show that more and more economists are beginning to consider it.


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Thom

3/14/2013 7:52 AM

I would refer you to the following piece on it as a primer:

http://dieoff.org/page88.htm

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