The world is battling numerous challenges today, and most people believe that a reason for this is the neglect we have the world and the people around us. For instance, chopping down trees and drying out lakes to construct a concrete jungle is why we are battling challenges like flooding in a few regions while draughts in a few others. We need to embrace nature and live a more ethical life that is respectful of those around us and nature. And if you wish to embrace a lifestyle like that, Permaculture could be the ray of hope you have been seeking. It helps you embrace an environment-conscious and ethical future.
What is Permaculture?
It is not just some archaic philosophy. Instead, it offers a wide range of solutions that we can implement in our lives. It is a combination of ‘permanent’ and ‘agriculture.’ however, it takes it to the next level and can be defined as ‘permanent culture.’
Three things that make permaculture are, caring for the world around you, caring for the people, and ethically utilizing the surplus production. Australians David Holmgren and Mollison developed permaculture in the 1970s. And since then, it has grown popular globally.
And that’s because it inspires people to embrace a positive life and change the world around them for good. While Permaculture is related to food growing systems, it also covers other aspects of life. Here are some principles to focus on if you want to lead your life ‘the permaculture way.’
Observe and Respond
Being observant of your surroundings and noticing how others respond to situations can be a great way to learn. Being responsive to your surroundings and aware of it is also one way of leading to an ethical and sustainable life. You can know how they are adopting greener and more ethical approach. And you can work towards building a world that is closer to your goals.
Tapping into the abundant energy around us is the key way of building a sustainable way of life. When we think of energy, our thoughts veer towards renewable energy. How can you, as an individual, store this energy or contribute to this sustainable energy? Well, you can start by growing your plants. Also, passive solar design can help store energy from our sun. Architects, designers, and engineers can tap into the reserves of this abundant energy resource.
We must take steps to work with nature, not against nature, to get all we need. If you have to obtain a yield, you can incorporate organic gardening techniques. It does not just provide food to your family but also makes sure the environment is protected. While investing in tangible yields is necessary, it is equally important to focus on intangible yields like happiness and health to lead a sustainable life. A sustainable way of life can help us achieve tangible and intangible yields.
Reduce, Recycle, Regulate
When you want to make a change, you ought to analyze and evaluate all the things that we ought to bring into our homes, integrate the techniques of reducing, reusing, recycling, and of course, control some of our worst consumerist behavior. You can use the power of the sun, wind, or water that can help regenerate our environments. Think of using renewable energy sources such as getting your solar panels and invest in renewable infrastructure to walk towards a more sustainable way of life.
Practice zero waste or at least reduce waste and look at the things we put in our trash. It is important to move towards a zero-waste lifestyle. This means embracing a lifestyle where you reduce the trash and the landfills that you cause. You can start by cutting down on the purchases you make and by reusing every product you own. This is not just an ethical way of treating the planet but also a healthy way to manage your finances. You can try having a kitchen compost, purchase only from organizations that follow ethical production norms, and so on. All these minor changes will make a major difference to the world.
Are you thinking of growing your vegetable garden or embracing a completely new sustainable way of life? Well, whatever you do, you ought to focus on the big picture before getting bogged down by the paltry nitty-gritty. An overall holistic approach can help you move towards a better life. Embracing permaculture will build a better life not just for you but for future generations too.