Permaculture Solutions for Climate Change

At the International Permaculture Convergence in Epping Forest, 2015, members of permaculture organizations from five continents formed Permaculture Climate Change Solutions.

Our first undertaking was to create a comprehensive statement of the permaculture perspective on climate change, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the International Permaculture Convergence, which included over 600 people from over 70 countries. We invite additional permaculture organizations to add your names to the statement below, and to share it widely.

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Permaculture Climate Change Statement

Permaculture is a system of ecological design as well as a global movement of practitioners, educators, researchers and organizers, bound by three core ethics: care for the earth, care for the people and care for the future. Permaculture integrates knowledge and practices that draw from many disciplines and links them into solutions to meet human needs while ensuring a resilient future. With little funding or institutional support, this movement has spread over the past forty years and now represents projects on every inhabited continent,

The permaculture movement offers vital perspectives and tools to address catastrophic climate change.


Using an A-frame to find the contours on the land at Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize.

Human-caused climate change is a crisis of systems—ecosystems and social systems–and must be addressed systemically. No single new technology or blanket solution will solve the problem. Permaculture employs systems thinking, looking at patterns, relationships and flows, linking solutions together into synergistic strategies that work with nature and fit local conditions, terrain, and cultures.

Efforts to address the climate crisis must be rooted in social, economic, and ecological justice. The barriers to solutions are political and social, not technical, and the impacts of climate change fall most heavily on frontline communities, who have done the least to cause it. Indigenous communities hold worldviews and perspectives that are vitally needed to help us come back into balance with the natural world. We must build and repair relationships across cultures and communities on a basis of respect, and the voices, leadership and needs of frontline and indigenous communities must be given prominence in all efforts to address the problem.

Permaculture ethics direct us to create abundance, share it fairly, and limit overconsumption in order to benefit the whole. Healthy, just, truly democratic communities are a potent antidote to climate change.

Both the use of fossil fuels and the mismanagement of land and resources are driving the climate crisis. We must shift from fire to flow: from burning oil, gas, coal and uranium to capturing flows of energy from sun, wind, and water in safe and renewable ways.

Soil is the key to sequestering excess carbon. By restoring the world’s degraded soils, we can store carbon as soil fertility, heal degraded land, improve water cycles and quality, and produce healthy food and true abundance. Protection, restoration and regeneration of ecosystems and communities are the keys to both mitigation and adaptation.

Water retention landscape at Tamera Ecovillage.

Permaculture integrates knowledge, experience, research and practices from many disciplines to restore landscapes and communities on a large scale. These strategies include:

  • A spectrum of safe, renewable energy technologies.
  • Scientific research and exchange of knowledge, information and innovations.
  • Water harvesting, retention and restoration of functional water systems.
  • Forest conservation, reforestation and sustainable forestry.
  • Regenerative agricultural practices—organic, no-till and low-till, polycultures, small-scale intensive systems and agroecology.
  • Planned rotational grazing, grasslands restoration, and silvopasture systems.
  • Agroforestry, food forests and perennial systems.
  • Bioremediation and mycoremediation.
  • Increasing soil organic carbon using biological methods: compost, compost teas, mulch, fungi, worms and beneficial micro-organisms.
  • Sustainably produced biochar for carbon capture and soil-building.
  • Protection and restoration of oceanic ecosystems.
  • Community-based economic models, incorporating strategies such as co-operatives, local currencies, gift economies, and horizontal economic networks.
  • Relocalization of food systems and economic enterprises to serve communities.
  • Conservation, energy efficiency, re-use, recycling and full cost accounting.
  • A shift to healthier, climate-friendly diets.
  • Demonstration sites, model systems, ecovillages and intentional communities.
  • Conflict transformation, trauma counseling and personal and spiritual healing.
  • Transition Towns and other local movements to create community resilience.
  • And many more!

None of these tools function alone. Each unique place on earth will require its own mosaic of techniques and practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

To deepen our knowledge of these approaches and refine our ability to apply and combine them, we need to fund and support unbiased, independent scientific research.

Each one of us has a unique and vital role to play in meeting this greatest of global challenges. The crisis is grave, but if together we meet it with hope and action, we have the tools we need to create a world that is healthy, balanced, vibrant, just, abundant and beautiful.

Adopted by the General Assembly of the International Permaculture Convergence, London, 2015.

We encourage groups and organizations to sign on to support this statement. If you represent a permaculture organization, please add the name here.

We will not share your email or any other information with any other organization.

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Rincon-Vitova InsectariesVentura, CA
The Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect EcologyVentura, CA
Permacultura MediterráneaMallorca,
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, CoventryEngland, United
Red Baron FarmsOklahoma
Caboolture & Surrounds Permaculture GroupCaboolture & Surrounds, QLD
van Veen OrganicsElimbah, QLD
Mariam Bagh Pakistan
Finca Tres
The Blueprint
Cocina SostenibleCosta Rica
Just TreesPaarl South
iLABS Learning Across BOrders South
Jamsol Energy ltdJamaica
The Roseberry Food Forest florida , united states
Arid Acres HomesteadTucson, Az,
D AcresDorchester,
Newholm Permaculture EcosteryHuntsville, Ontario, Canada
De Waard Eetbaar LandschapOlst, Netherlandshttop://
Permaculture NorfolkNorfolk, UK
Permaculture Institute
Permaculture Institute
Carbon Drawdown Solutions,
Urban HomesteadingNorthern
EcoSomatic ActionPetaluma,
13 Moon CoLabSebastopol,
Permaculture Action Network United States
Rosie and Peter\'s Assagao Kitchen Garden and Food ForestGoa, India
prmaculture GorenjskaSlovenija
The Integral PermaCulture
Strangford GreensNorthern Ireland
Santa Barbara Permaculture NetworkSanta Barbara CA
Brighton Permaculture TrustBrighton UK
Permaculture ScotlandScotland
Permaculture PentictonPenticton, BC
Your Words\' WorthBaltimoreHttp://
Kinstone Academy of Applied PermacultureFountain City, Wisconsin, USA
Soils Committee, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta ChapterPalo Alto, California
Chiwara Permaculture Research & EducationMichigan
The Red ShedScottish Borders
Midcoast Permaculture DesignMaine,
Learn PermacultureDevon,
Tap o\' Noth
Himalayan Permaculture
Pennerley PermacultureShropshire UK
Permakultur Institut e.V.Germany
Permakultur AkademieGermany
Living EcologyCalifornia, USA and Telangana,
Regenerative LifestylesBoulder/Denver,
Alpine Permakultur SchweibenalpSwitzerland, 3855
Peaceful Desert HomesteadBelen,
The Healing GardenAberdeen, Wa, USA
Rockies Edge PermacultureBoulder,
Denver Permaculture GuildDenver, Colorado,
Vibrant Life EcoSolutionsLethbridge, AB,
Colorado Permaculture GuildColorado
Great Lakes Earth
four directions permacultureMesa,
The Vital FarmSwan Lake, NY
Copy Cats Natural farmingGarden Route and Wild Coast South Africa!/?hrc=1&
CERES Community Environment ParkMelbourne, Australia
Gaia UniversityUSA, Latin America
Permaculture Central CoastTuggerah, NSW, Australia
Sustainable World Radio: Permaculture and Ecology PodcastSanta Barbara, CA US
Siskiyou PermacultureAshland,
The Little AcreOakland CA
Blue Mountains Permaculture
Bay BucksSan
Strode Valley OrganicsNorth Somerset,
Whole Earth Building FoundationCape
DAWN Northwest Sweet Home, OR 97386 U.S.A.dawnnorthwest
Danijo self help groupKenyasites.
Planting Justice Oakland,
Permaculture ArtisansSebastopol,
Permaculture skills centerSebastopol, California
Madhu ReddyHyderabad India
Kelid DreamingGolspie New South Wales Australia
Let It Grow FoundationJohannesburg South AfricaFacebook Letitgrowfoundation
Edible Cities Leeds. UK
Urban Permaculture GuildOakland, CA, USA
Aranya Agricultural AlternativesHyderabad Telangana
Pikes Peak PermacultureManitou Springs, Colorado,
RoseHill At NgaliThora NSW AUS
AfristarCape Town, South
High Altitude PermacultureColorado,
Shift Bristol CICBristol.
Organic Ag AdvisorsNorth San Juan, CA USA
Murrnong FarmViolet Town,
Purple Pear FarmHunter Valley
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture InstituteBasalt,
Divine Earth Gardening ProjectParkland, Wa
Earth Guardians - Generation RYSEUnited
NE Women in PermacultureNE United States
Regenerative Design InstituteBollinas, California,
Synergy PermacultureLethbridge, Alberta,
Inspiration FarmBellingham Wa.
Orcasong FarmOrcas Island, WA, USA
Utah Valley Permaculture Classroom Gardens & Greenhouse Orem, Utah
Resilience Permaculture Design, LLCCottage Grove, OR,
Garden gate schoolSan Juan Capistrano
Urban Farming TasmaniaLaunceston, Tasmania
Mackay Community GardenMackay,
PEP (Permaculture Education Project)Devon, UK
Incredible Edible LancasterLancaster, UK
Carpe Diem Gardens Lancaster
Backsbottom FarmLancashire
Jefferson\'s Permaculture Eco-sphere CentresKenya
Permaculture Townsville Inc.Townsville,
Blue Mountains Permaculture
Permaculture Children\'s HouseChiang Mai, ThailandHttp://permacultureChildren\'s
Permaculture in ThailandChiang Mai, ThailandHttp://
Nucleus PermacultureSebastopol, California,
Southeast Alaska PermacultureWhale Pass, Alaska
Synergy PermacultureLethbridge, Alberta,
Synergy PermacultureLethbridge, Alberta,
13 Moon CoLabOccidental, CA USA
Living Ecology Permaculture for Global AidHyderabad,
Golden Egg PermacultureChapel Hill, NC, USA
Siren Song FarmOregon,
Earth Passengers Permaculture
Ziran PermacultureTaipei, Taiwan
Gaia\'s Garden at BracknellBracknell, Tasmania,Australia
Laguna Earth Houselaguna NSW AustraliaF\'book Laguna earth House
Tanya Adams Urban Permaculture SolutionsNaracoorte Not yet
Onchenda Open Global Food Cooperative, Benefit
Kootenay Permaculture InstituteNelson, British Columbia,
State of Grace Living, a Utah Benefit Corp.Utah,
BMEG (Brisbane Multicultural Edible Gardeners)Brisbane, Australia
WUFF (World Urban Farmers Family)International
Australian Urban Farming Family (AUFF)Australia
SEQUF (SE Qld Urban Farmers)Southeast Queensland, Australia
Permaculture College AustraliaNimbin NSW
Green DeanBrisbane,
Practical Permaculture Research InstituteRough and Ready, California
Permaculture College AustraliaNimbin NSW
Brin de
HortaFCULLisbon, Portugal
Biovilla - Sustainability CooperativePalmela,
Dévelo - Laboratorio di Cooperazione InternazionaleMilan, Italy
Lackan Cottage FarmNorthern Ireland
Portaferry Permaculture ProjectNorthern Ireland
ECOLISE (European Community-led Initiatives for a Sustainable EuropeBrussels/
Red de Transición
Permaculture AssociationUnited
Agenda 21Guariya, Brasil
Agari Permaculture FarmAustralia
Black Permaculture NetworkNew YorkHttp://
Alliance of Community TrainersAustin, TexasHttp://
Madison Ares Permaculture GuildMonona,
Center for Regenerative AgricultureMexico
Earth Activist TrainingCalifornia, USA

Here is the list of Organizations that were present at the Northern California Permaculture Convergence in October.
Download the list here.