Harness the power of permaculture to change yourself and become a regenerative force for the planet.
As climate change, ecological decline, and social breakdown start to bite, people expect that governments will solve our problems. Yet this belief has proven to be false. Rather than looking to others, changes must come from the inside out: transforming the "I" to "we," changing the world by changing ourselves, and re-establishing our deep connection to nature.
Human Permaculture is a powerful, forward-thinking guide that uses permaculture principles of ecological design rooted in people care, Earth care, and fair share for redesigning your life and community to align with the resources available on the planet.
Richly illustrated and inspiring, Human Permaculture offers specific actions and tools for adopting an ethical, regenerative way of life. Coverage includes:
- Human permaculture principles
- A nine-step ecological and social life design process
- Discovering your personal niche
- Stimulating the permaculture "edge effect" to work with others in efficient teams
- Rediscovering our deep connections to water, soil, forests, and caring for nature.
This guide is for everyone who wants to find their own meaning in life, put their talents at the service of the environment, live ethically, and navigate the great transition we face in a future of climate change and energy decline.
Bernard Alonso is co-founder of the Collaborative International University of Transition and a human permaculture facilitator, speaker, coach, and project designer. He lives in Quebec, Canada. www.permacultureinternationale.org
Cécile Guiochon is a French journalist and holder of a Permaculture Design Certificate. She co-founded KerWatt, which develops citizen projects renewable energy in Brittany, France. www.e-ker.org
Guiding Individuals and Groups through the Transition
What Is Your Impact on the Planet?
PART 1 THE KEYS TO HUMAN PERMACULTURE
Chapter 1: Definitions and Foundations of Classic Permaculture
Chapter 2: The Contribution of Human Permaculture
Chapter 3: Change the World, Starting with Yourself
Chapter 4: Reconnecting with Our Deep Belonging to Nature
Chapter 5: Nature's Blueprint
Chapter 6: Applying the Ecological Niche Concept to Humans
Chapter 7: Two Hemispheres Are Better Than One
Chapter 8: Teamwork or Collective Intelligence
PART 2 DESIGN: A HOW-TO GUIDE
Chapter 9: Definition of Design for Permaculture
Chapter 10: The Nine Steps of Design
Three Examples of Design
Discovering My Personal Niche
PART 3 CARING FOR THE EARTH
Chapter 11: Biodiversity, the Key to Balance
Chapter 12: Water Is Life
Chapter 13: Soil, Too, Is Life
Chapter 14: Forest: Bridge between Land and Sky
PART 4 CARING FOR PEOPLE
Chapter 15: Permacultivating Our Food
Chapter 16: Water, a Vital Element
Chapter 17: Food from Plants
Chapter 18: Food from Animals
Chapter 19: Food from the Ocean
Chapter 20: Food from Insects
Chapter 21: A Design to Feed Your Family
Becoming Artisans of Change
Next Steps in Human Permaculture
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
A NOTE ABOUT THE PUBLISHER