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.

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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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OrganizationLocationWebsite
OrganizationLocationWebsite
Red Baron FarmsOklahoma
Caboolture & Surrounds Permaculture GroupCaboolture & Surrounds, QLDhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/caboolturepermaculturegroup/
van Veen OrganicsElimbah, QLD Australiavanveenorganics.com
IndividualIndia
Mariam Bagh Pakistan
Finca Tres AnillosHonduraswww.fincatresanillos.com
The Blueprint NetworkEuropewww.blueprintnetwork.org
Cocina SostenibleCosta Rica
Just TreesPaarl South Africawww.justtrees.co.za
iLABS Learning Across BOrders South Africayasminefromthegroundup.blogspot.com
Escueladepermacultura.esSpainhttp://www.escueladepermacultura.es
Jamsol Energy ltdJamaica
The Roseberry Food Forest florida , united states https://www.facebook.com/TheRoseberryFoodForest/
Arid Acres HomesteadTucson, Az, USAwww.aridacreshomestead.weebly.com
PrakrutiIndia
D AcresDorchester, NHwww.dacres.org
Newholm Permaculture EcosteryHuntsville, Ontario, Canada
De Waard Eetbaar LandschapOlst, Netherlandshttop://thuisopaarde.nl
Permaculture NorfolkNorfolk, UKhttps://norfolkpermaculture.wordpress.com
Wwoof ThailandThailandwww.wwoofthailand.com
Permaculture Institute AsiaThailandwww.permacultureInstituteAsia.com
Permaculture Institute ThailandThailandwww.permacultureInstituteThailand.org
Carbon Drawdown Solutions, IncHawaiiCDSbiochar.com
Urban HomesteadingNorthern Californiawww.urban-homesteading.org
EcoSomatic ActionPetaluma, CAwww.rachelkaplanmft.net
13 Moon CoLabSebastopol, CAwww.13mooncollaborative.com
Permaculture Action Network United States www.PermacultureAction.org
Rosie and Peter\'s Assagao Kitchen Garden and Food ForestGoa, Indiahttps://www.facebook.com/RosieAndPeter/
prmaculture GorenjskaSlovenija
The Integral PermaCulture AcademyInternationalwww.IntegralPermaCulture.org
Strangford GreensNorthern Irelandhttps://strangfordgreens.wordpress.com/
Santa Barbara Permaculture NetworkSanta Barbara CA USAwww.sbpermaculture.org
Brighton Permaculture TrustBrighton UKhttp://brightonpermaculture.org.uk/
Permaculture ScotlandScotlandhttps://www.permaculture.org.uk/scotland
Permaculture PentictonPenticton, BC Www.facebook.com/permaculturepenticton
Your Words\' WorthBaltimoreHttp://www.yourwordsworth.marketing
Kinstone Academy of Applied PermacultureFountain City, Wisconsin, USAhttp://www.kinstonecircle.com
Soils Committee, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta ChapterPalo Alto, Californiahttps://www.facebook.com/soilscommittee4u/
Chiwara Permaculture Research & EducationMichigan www.chiwarapermaculture.com
The Red ShedScottish Bordershttp://www.grahambell.org
Midcoast Permaculture DesignMaine, USAMidcoastpermaculture.com
Permaculture RisingOregonwww.permaculturerising.com
Learn PermacultureDevon, Englandwww.learnpermaculture.com
Tap o\' Noth PermacultureScotlandwww.pri-tap.com
Designed VisionsUKwww.designedvisions.co.uk
Himalayan Permaculture CentreNepalwww.himalayanpermaculture.com
Pennerley PermacultureShropshire UK
SONED-BerlinBerlinwww.soned.de
Permakultur Institut e.V.Germanyhttp://www.permakultur-institut.de
Permakultur AkademieGermanyhttp://www.permakultur-akademie.de
Living EcologyCalifornia, USA and Telangana, Indiawww.livingecology.org
Regenerative LifestylesBoulder/Denver, Coloradowww.regenerativelifestyles.org
Alpine Permakultur SchweibenalpSwitzerland, 3855 Brienzwww.alpine-permakultur.ch
Peaceful Desert HomesteadBelen, NMwww.peacefuldeserthomestead.com
The Healing GardenAberdeen, Wa, USAhttp://sheiliacanada.wix.com/the-healing-garden
Rockies Edge PermacultureBoulder, COwww.RockiesEdge.com
Denver Permaculture GuildDenver, Colorado, USwww.denverpermacultureguild.com
Vibrant Life EcoSolutionsLethbridge, AB, CANwww.vlesolutions.ca
Colorado Permaculture GuildColoradohttp://www.coloradopermaculture.com
Great Lakes Earth InstituteWisconsinwww.glei.org
four directions permacultureMesa, Az.4dirspermaculture.com
The Vital FarmSwan Lake, NYhttp://www.thevitalfarm.com
Copy Cats Natural farmingGarden Route and Wild Coast South Africahttps://m.facebook.com/?hrc=1&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fh.facebook.com%2Fhr%2Fr&_rdr#!/?hrc=1&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fh.facebook.com%2Fhr%2Fr&soft=notifications
CERES Community Environment ParkMelbourne, Australiahttp://ceres.org.au/
Gaia UniversityUSA, Latin Americahttp://gaiauniversity.org
Permaculture Central CoastTuggerah, NSW, Australiahttp://www.permaculturecc.org.au
Sustainable World Radio: Permaculture and Ecology PodcastSanta Barbara, CA UShttp://sustainableworldradio.com
Siskiyou PermacultureAshland, Oregonsiskiyoupermaculture.com
The Little AcreOakland CA USAthelittleacre.com
Blue Mountains Permaculture InstituteBlackheathBluemountainspermacultureinstitute.org
Bay BucksSan Franciscowww.baybucks.com
Strode Valley OrganicsNorth Somerset, UKwww.www.strodevalleyorganics.org
Whole Earth Building FoundationCape Townwholeearthbuildingfoundation.co.za
DAWN Northwest Sweet Home, OR 97386 U.S.A.dawnnorthwest
Danijo self help groupKenyasites. google.com/site/danijokenya
GreenSteadersSunnyvalehttp://greensteaders.org
Planting Justice Oakland, CAWww.plantingjustice.org
Permaculture ArtisansSebastopol, Capermacultureartisans.com
Permaculture skills centerSebastopol, California permacultureskillscenter.org
Madhu ReddyHyderabad India
Kelid DreamingGolspie New South Wales Australia
Let It Grow FoundationJohannesburg South AfricaFacebook Letitgrowfoundation
Edible Cities Leeds. UK
Urban Permaculture GuildOakland, CA, USAhttp://www.urbanpermacultureguild.org
Aranya Agricultural AlternativesHyderabad Telangana Indiapermacultureindia.org
Pikes Peak PermacultureManitou Springs, Colorado,USAwww.pikespeakpermaculture.org
RoseHill At NgaliThora NSW AUS
AfristarCape Town, South Africawww.afristar.org
High Altitude PermacultureColorado, UShialtpc.org
Shift Bristol CICBristol. Englandwww.shiftbristol.org.uk
Organic Ag AdvisorsNorth San Juan, CA USA
Murrnong FarmViolet Town, Victoriamurrnong.com
Purple Pear FarmHunter Valley NSWwww.purplepearfarm.com.au
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture InstituteBasalt, COcrmpi.org
Divine Earth Gardening ProjectParkland, Wahttp://divinearthgp.com
Earth Guardians - Generation RYSEUnited Statesearthguardians.org
NE Women in PermacultureNE United States
Regenerative Design InstituteBollinas, California, USAwww.regenerativedesign.org
Synergy PermacultureLethbridge, Alberta, Canadawww.synergypermaculture.ca
Inspiration FarmBellingham Wa. USAwww.inspirationfarm.com
planetshifter.comnorcalhttp://www.planetshifter.com/
Orcasong FarmOrcas Island, WA, USA
Utah Valley Permaculture Classroom Gardens & Greenhouse Orem, Utahhttp://facebook.com/UtahValleyPermacultureClassroomGardens&Greenhouse
Resilience Permaculture Design, LLCCottage Grove, OR, USAwww.resiliencepermaculture.com
Garden gate schoolSan Juan Capistrano
Earth PassengersTaiwanwww.earthpassengers.org
Urban Farming TasmaniaLaunceston, Tasmania
Mackay Community GardenMackay, Australiawww.permaculturemackay.org
PEP (Permaculture Education Project)Devon, UK
Incredible Edible LancasterLancaster, UK
Carpe Diem Gardens Lancaster UKwww.carpe-diem-gardens.co.uk
Backsbottom FarmLancashire UKrodspermaculture.co.uk
Jefferson\'s Permaculture Eco-sphere CentresKenya
Permaculture Townsville Inc.Townsville, Australiawww.permaculturetownsville.org
Blue Mountains Permaculture InstituteBlackheathwww.bluemountainspermacultureinstitute.org
Permaculture Children\'s HouseChiang Mai, ThailandHttp://permacultureChildren\'s House.org
Permaculture in ThailandChiang Mai, ThailandHttp://permaculture.in.th
MilkwoodKiama, Australiawww.milkwood.net
Nucleus PermacultureSebastopol, California, USAWww.nucleuspermaculture.com
Southeast Alaska PermacultureWhale Pass, Alaska
Synergy PermacultureLethbridge, Alberta, Canadawww.synergypermaculture.ca
Synergy PermacultureLethbridge, Alberta, Canadawww.synergypermaculture.ca
mandyburtondesigns.comBuckinghamshire,UKmandyburtondesigns.com
mandyburtondesigns.comBuckinghamshire,UKmandyburtondesigns.com
13 Moon CoLabOccidental, CA USAhttp://www.13mooncollaborative.com/
Living Ecology Permaculture for Global AidHyderabad, Indiawww.livingecology.com
Golden Egg PermacultureChapel Hill, NC, USA
Siren Song FarmOregon, USAWww.sirensongfarm.com
Earth Passengers Permaculture EducationTaiwanearthpassengers.org
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 Corp.Internationalwww.onchenda.com
Kootenay Permaculture InstituteNelson, British Columbia, Canadawww.kootenaypermaculture.com
State of Grace Living, a Utah Benefit Corp.Utah, USAwww.stateofgrace-living.org
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 Australiawww.permaculture.com.au
Green DeanBrisbane, Australiawww.greendean.com.au
Practical Permaculture Research InstituteRough and Ready, California USAwww.practicalpermaculture.com
Permaculture College AustraliaNimbin NSW Australiawww.permaculture.com.au
Brin de PailleFranceasso.permaculture.fr
HortaFCULLisbon, Portugalhttp://hortafcul.wix.com/home
Biovilla - Sustainability CooperativePalmela, Portugalwww.biovilla.org
Dévelo - Laboratorio di Cooperazione InternazionaleMilan, Italyhttps://labdevelo.wordpress.com/
Lackan Cottage FarmNorthern Irelandhttp://www.lackancottage.co.uk
Portaferry Permaculture ProjectNorthern Irelandhttps://www.facebook.com/permaferry
ECOLISE (European Community-led Initiatives for a Sustainable EuropeBrussels/Europewww.ecolise.eu
Red de Transición Spainwww.reddetransicion.org
Permaculture AssociationUnited Kingdomwww.permaculture.org.uk
Agenda 21Guariya, Brasilhttp://www.mma.gov.br/responsabilidade-socioambiental/agenda-21/agenda-21-brasileira
Agari Permaculture FarmAustraliahttp://agarifarm.org/
Black Permaculture NetworkNew YorkHttp://blackpermaculturenetwork.org
Alliance of Community TrainersAustin, TexasHttp://trainersAlliance.org
Madison Ares Permaculture GuildMonona, WIWww.madisonareapermacultureguild.org
OrlaDesignPortugalwww.orladesign.org
Permaculture magazineUKwww.permaculture.co.uk
NuMundoUSA
Center for Regenerative AgricultureMexico
Earth Activist TrainingCalifornia, USAhttp://earthactivisttraining.org/

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