In the face of climate breakdown, the task of cheerfully planning one’s garden may be filled with sadness, anxiety, or confusion. The snowy picture of my backyard looks lovely and wintry but until yesterday, it was freakishly mild. I know other parts of the world are experiencing much more serious climate chaos. However, the creation of spaces in which people and non-human nature can flourish is more important now than perhaps ever before.
Sometimes we have to spend time nurturing things even though we don’t know when and if they will flourish. This is true for gardens and it’s also true for social change and social movements. Maybe there are movements that, like my native wildflowers, seem to have died but will grow back stronger and more beautiful than ever. Maybe there are forms of social change that I will nurture for years like my Paw Paws, possibly never getting to eat the fruit myself but creating the conditions so that others can.
Some radical New Year’s Resolutions for 2020!
I have certainty about one thing: it will be better to collectively struggle for freedom against this brutal, life-destroying system than to struggle alone. The most amazing moments of exhilarating joy will be collective.
by Rebecca Ellis This article was originally published on my blog on November 2017. It begins to lay out my thoughts for re-visioning permaculture as part of larger anti/despite/post-capitalist movements. … Continue reading Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/despite/post-capitalist movement
I participated in a livestream discussion about climate change and struggles for a better world. We had an interesting discussion, check it out:
I know it’s been very quiet here at the Permaculture for the People blog. I have spent much of the spring and summer doing fieldwork for my PhD research. Fieldwork … Continue reading Permaculture for the People PODCAST!
A manifesto for an internationalist permaculture movement Migration, the movement of people over landscapes, is, arguably, one of the defining characteristics of our species. Humans have moved over landscapes in … Continue reading Permies of the world unite!
The provincial election happening June 7 in Ontario has the potential to negatively impact millions of people, especially with the election of Doug Ford, a Trump-Like right-wing, crony capitalist. This … Continue reading Care about bees? Don’t vote Conservative!
It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it seems like women are winning. After all, major corporations are marking our day – McDonalds turned the “M” in the signs at some … Continue reading Feminism with claws and teeth
Remember this blog post 50 books in 2018? I still have this ambitious plan to read 50 books (front to back cover) in 2018 and I have decided to do a … Continue reading Book Review # 1: Growing a Sustainable City?
Off to the Minding Animals conference in Mexico City! Plenary speakers will be live-streamed on their website. I will blog about my experiences when I return (and will post a … Continue reading Minding Animals, Mexico City