Permaculture for the People is a podcast and blog created by Becky Ellis that is dedicated to the creation an ecologically regenerative and socially just world. The ethics of permaculture – Care for Earth, Care for People, Fair Share – require that we challenge capitalism and its intertwined structures of oppression – sexism, racism, and colonialism. With multiple crises facing the Earth and all her inhabitants, it is time for people to start imagining and creating another world based on cooperation, freedom, and collective flourishing. While individual changes in lifestyle are important, I believe that transformative change will only come through social movements from below.
I am a permaculture educator and community activist. Currently, I am PhD candidate at Western University in the Geography department and a resident at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. My PhD research is focused on the relationship between people and urban bees. My M.A. in Anthropology (2010), also at Western University, was about gentrification and belonging in a community garden in Toronto. I believe passionately in the importance of being an activist academic. In 2010, I attended a permaculture design course – Earth Activist Training – taught by Starhawk. I have practiced, taught and been inspired by permaculture ever since. In addition to maintaining the Permaculture for the People podcast and blog, I also conduct permaculture presentations and education around the world.