David Holmgren is co-originator (with Bill Mollison) of the permaculture concept and author of the recent book, PERMACULTURE: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. He talks about the need to move beyond the lulling hope that ‘green tech’ breakthroughs will allow world-wide ‘sustainable consumption’ to the recognition that dwindling oil supplies inevitably mean a mandatory ‘energy descent’ for human civilization across the planet. He argues that permaculture principles provide the best guide to a peaceful societal ‘powering down.”Thanks to Eon 3 for uploading this great talk.


We are very much influenced by David Holmgren’s thinking and his book Permaculture and Pathways Beyond Sustainability is the bible for a new world based on permaculture principles. As you can see in the film, he outlines the problems we face as resources begin to decrease, what we really like though is his positive pragmatic approach to these issues. He sees this as a opportunity to build a different way of living that is more locally based and hopefully better for the mass of the worlds human populations.


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