Permaculture (permanent agriculture) can be applied to any environment and any situation – urban, suburban, rural or undeveloped land – and takes into account the natural surroundings of the site as well as the individual needs of the users, human or animal. Permaculture Design Principles can be adjusted to any environment and follow natural principles as much as possible.
Permaculture follows a set of ethics which can be applied to gardening as well as to the rest of your life and helps you to tread lightly on the Earth.
Primary Directive of Permaculture:
The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.
Care of the Earth
Gaia is a complex and interdependent system which is always in the process of evolution and change. We cannot understand the complexity and sophistication of the Earth’s systems. We can only treat them with respect and with a sense of awe. All the species, the processes and the elements have merit in their own right, and it is our role to preserve and protect them and treat them with respect.
Care of People
Our aim is to protect and secure all people, irrespective of race, class, belief system, generation or lifestyle. Everyone has the right to the basic necessities of life – healthy food, clean air and water, shelter, energy sources, freedom from persecution, freedom from fear, access to health care, access to education, to be loved and cared for.
Distribution of Surplus (Sharing of Resources)
Distribute what is not necessary for your own survival, in doing so you help ensure the survival of others and our planet. By limiting consumption we can build a culture that is truly sustainable and equitable. This distribution includes ideas, and information as well as physical and financial resources.
Care of Spirit
The provision for spiritual growth for each individual.