[Reading] ➲ Introduction to Permaculture ➺ Bill Mollison – Loufanet.info

Introduction to Permaculture Great book to begin wrapping one s thought process around Permaculture I think this is something that should be required reading in the school system It would make for an interesting change in the way things are done in the world. Reprint, New Edition, Tagari Page SoftcoverIntroduction To Permaculture Is An Updated And Revised Version Of The First Two Permaculture Books, Permaculture One Mollison And Holmgren, And Permaculture Two Mollison And Replaces Them New Material By Bill Mollison And Reny Mia Slay Has Been Inserted, Along With Excerpts From Permaculture A Designers Manual And Information Taken From Permaculture Design Courses Taught By Bill Mollison , And Lea Harrison Some Of The Illustrations In This Book Have Appeared In Permaculture Two And Permaculture A Designers Manual After many years as a scientist with the CSIRO Wildlife Survey Section and with the Tasmanian Island Fisheries Department, I began to protest against the political and industrial systems I saw were killing us and the world around us But I soon decided that it was no good persisting with opposition that in the end achieved nothing I withdrew from society for two years I did not want to oppose anything ever again and waste my time I wanted to come back only with something very positive, somet After many years as a scientist with the CSIRO Wildlife Survey Section and with the Tasmanian Island Fisheries Department, I began to protest against the political and industrial systems I saw were killing us and the world around us But I soon decided that it was no good persisting with opposition that in the end achieved nothing I withdrew from society for two years I did not want to oppose anything ever again and waste my time I wanted to come back only with something very positive, something that would allow us all to exist without the wholesale collapse of biological systems Fukuoka, in his book The One Straw Revolution, has perhaps best stated the basic philosophy of permaculture In brief, it is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating them as single product system I think harmony with nature is possible only if we abandon the idea of superiority over the natural world Levi Strauss said that our profound error is that we have always looked upon ourselves as masters of creation, in that sense of being above it We are not superior to other life forms all living things are an expression of Life If we could see that truth, we would see that everything we do to other lifeforms we also do to ourselves A culture which understands this does not, without absolute necessity, destroy any living thing Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos Cooperation, not competition, is key For myself, I see no other solution political, economic to the problems of mankind than the formation of small responsible communities involved in permaculture and appropriate technology I believe that the days of centralised power are numbered, and that a re tribalisation of society is an inevitable, if sometimes painful, process I believe we must change our philosophy before anything else changes Change the philosophy of competition which now pervades our education system to that of cooperation in free associations, change our material insecurity for a secure humanity, change the individual for the tribe, petrol for calories, and money for products But the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens We ourselves can cure all the famine, all the injustice and all the stupidity of the world We can do it by understanding the way natural systems work, by careful forestry and gardening, by contemplation and by taking care of the earth To become a complete person, we must travel many paths, and to truly own anything we must first of all give it away This is not a riddle Only those who share their multiple and varied skills, true friendships, and a sense of community and knowledge of the earth know they are safe wherever they go There is no other path for us than that of cooperative productivity and community responsibility I found this easier to readpractical than the other books Bill wrote A must buy An interesting book with lots of ideas and information about permaculture, although very prescriptive with little theory or evidence although I m hoping to get that from David Holmgren s book Permaculture Principles Pathways Beyond Sustainability which is sitting next to me But my main issue for not giving this book a higher rating is that Bill Mollison just isn t a good writer I didn t feel inspired about permaculture like I did with Toby Hemenway s book Gaia s Garden which I read at th An interesting book with lots of ideas and information about permaculture, although very prescriptive with little theory or evidence although I m hoping to get that from David Holmgren s book Permaculture Principles Pathways Beyond Sustainability which is sitting next to me But my main issue for not giving this book a higher rating is that Bill Mollison just isn t a good writer I didn t feel inspired about permaculture like I did with Toby Hemenway s book Gaia s Garden which I read at the same time As far as introductions to permaculture go I would definitely recommend Toby s book over Bill s An extraordinary book by an extraordinary person In starting this book, I expected to find lots of instruction, technique, information, dull stuff What I didn t expect is a strong voice for hope, change, and philosophy I expected to learn how to, but I didn t expect the wisdom.For example, after unsuccessfully protesting the degregation of the environment for two years, he vowed never to waste his time opposing anything ever again Instead, he created a way of living that leaves the land heal An extraordinary book by an extraordinary person In starting this book, I expected to find lots of instruction, technique, information, dull stuff What I didn t expect is a strong voice for hope, change, and philosophy I expected to learn how to, but I didn t expect the wisdom.For example, after unsuccessfully protesting the degregation of the environment for two years, he vowed never to waste his time opposing anything ever again Instead, he created a way of living that leaves the land healthier for the efforts and could go on permanently.He emphasized imagination and planning over back breaking labor He shifts your thinking from seeing problems to seeing a potential resource How can the strong coastal wind be leveraged or at least mitigated, or sun, or wet He encourages you to see waste items as products, e.g chickens produce eggs and meat, but they also provide methane, manures, feathers, heat, etc all of which can be leveraged and cycled back into the system Everything on the system can and should serve multiple purposes It all takes thought and care in the planning stages, then continue refinement as your system matures and changes.Bits of Bill s wisdom Harmony with nature is only possible if we abandon the idea of superiority over nature The only limit on the number of uses a resource possible within a system is the limit of the information and the imagination of the designer Cooperation, not competition, is the key Work where it counts Plant a tree where it is happy to grow Teach and mentor those who are ready and willing I think we feel the most success when we convert someone But time and energy are better spent on those that want to know what we have to share and will run with it Tidiness is something that happens when compulsive activity replaced thoughtful creativity To be a complete person, we must travel many paths, and to truly own anything we must first of all give it away I also learned many new and wonderful words Like aforestation and polyculture Instead of protesting deforestation, he speaks about creating forests Instead of bashing mono culture he encourages us to see and find polycultures as a system that will provide and support itself and insulates us from crop failures.Well done Bill From the momentum that permaculture is gaining, I think your time creating and teaching was indeedeffective than your time protesting Seeing that this Introduction book was actually a collection of pamphlets, which in turn was a transcript of a Permaculture course back in 1981, I thought I might skim through it before putting it away Boy was I wrong It is filled with interesting ideas, making one want to try them Mollison is a genius, and now I feel like attending one of his courses in person. A great way to start learning about permaculture It has been many years since I read this book cover to cover, but I use it as a reference frequently After spending a lot of time and money on professional permaculture classes, I ve discovered that really, everything you need to know is in this book with the assistance of Google searches and deep thinking. Great resource for providing models of thought regarding efficient production of human use and animal use products, that is self supporting, sustainable, and scientific in its approach. Permaculture gets hydrology and building community right the rest, well


About the Author: Bill Mollison

Founder and director of the Permaculture Institute, Bill was the most experienced Permaculture teacher and designe He taught and developed projects from the Arctic through Sub tropics and Equatorial regions of the planet There are few countries left in the world where he has not personally planted the seeds of Permaculture The Peoples of the Pacific, South East Asia, South Africa and seven ian language groups have been inspired by and acted on his teachings, embracing Permaculture as a dynamic tool He gave courses in the drylands and developed projects with Native Americans, Indigenous Australians, tribal women of the Deccan, Kalahari, San groups and Pima people of the Sonora In the USA, Europe and Scandinavia, Bill lectured and helped to develop ecological designs for urban and rural properties, including many city farms and CSA s Community Supported Agriculture.Bill Mollison had been vitally concerned with the environment for over 40 years His many roles included scientist, naturalist and University professor Later he became a vigorous campaigner against environmental exploitation which lead him to develop Permaculture as a positive solution.Bill had devoted his energies towards designing sustainable systems, writing books and articles on Permaculture, and most importantly teaching.


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