My first permaculture readings revolved around permaculture ethics.
-Care of the earth
-Care of people
-Share of surplus (This doesn’t mean you can’t have profit)
-Life ethic (Respect for the intrinsic value of all living beings) (That doesn’t mean you can’t eat them!!)
-Reduce consumerism (Buying less crap sounds like a good idea to me)
-Cooperation rather than competition (Working with nature, not in competition with)
Below are my first homework assignment questions, and answers.
PDC Homework 1-2 Ethics Global Needs
In less than 200 words describe the basic requirements of the worldwide natural system in order to continue to sustain diverse life forms.
What are some of the earth’s problems today?
And what effect does mankind have on the state of the earth?
What are some of the possible solutions?
The basic requirements needed to sustain diverse life forms on earth are:
-Light, or the sun (All energy originates here)
-Oxygen, and an atmosphere that contains the right amount of oxygen, and the thickness required to keep the sun moderate
-Water, all life is made of a lot of water, and we can only go three days without drinking it.
-Moderate climate, while there are extreme temperatures on earth, even Antarctica, and the Sahara desert support life, because they have a moderate climate as far as planets go.
Some problems plaguing earth today
-Species loss (loss of diversity)
-Fisheries lost because of overfishing (dead zones existing in ocean because of overfishing)
-Over use of precious resources
Mankind has an enormous effect on the state of the earth. In fact each and every problem I listed is directly caused by man. If we have that much power to destroy ecosystems, I think you would have to acknowledge the possibility that we have equal power to heal and repair ecosystems.
Some possible solutions
-Re-design of our living and working arrangements to maximize efficiencies, and minimize waste.
-Re-design of our food systems to build soils and ecosystems so they are more abundant and robust in the future.
-Re-design of our economies to encourage and reward the production and building of healthy ecosystems for distant generations, as opposed to encouraging consumption for the sake of a healthy GDP number.