Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability


By (author) David Holmgren

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  • Publisher: Permanent Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 242mm x 16mm | 565g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: East Meon, Hants
  • ISBN 10: 185623052X
  • ISBN 13: 9781856230520
  • Edition statement: UK ed.
  • Illustrations note: 36 line drawings, graphs & tables
  • Sales rank: 99,700

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David Holmgren builds on the extraordinary success of the permaculture concept and the global permaculture movement to provide a more cerebral and controversial contribution to the sustainability debate, including an exploration of how mainstream concepts of sustainability dodge the critical issue of global energy peak; and proposing ways to live within natures limits while providing a secure future for everyone. Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability brings into focus the powerful and still evolving permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s. It draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to show a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles, taking a step-by-step look at the 12 Permaculture Concepts.This book provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations for sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading.

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David Holmgren was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1955. During his time at the innovative Environmental Design School in Hobart, Tasmania (1973-76), an intense working relationship with his mentor Bill Mollison led to the permaculture concept, as the young co-author of Permaculture One in 1978. Since then he has written several books; developed three properties using permaculture principles; and conducted workshops and courses in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Europe. He lives and works in Hepburn Springs, central Victoria, and maintains the property, Melliodora, as one of Australias best known permaculture demonstration sites. Within the international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects. He teaches that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism.

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I owe this book the most profound debt of gratitude. It is the book which first suggested what a collective response to peak oil and climate change rooted in permaculture design principles might look like in practice. The breadth of what Holmgren does in this book still blows me away. Read it slowly, digest it well, discuss it with anyone who will listen. Like all life-changing experiences it is best savoured, as you will thereafter think of your life in two halves, before you read Permaculture: Principles & Pathways and after. I do not hesitate to refer to it as a work of great genius. Rob Hopkins co-founder of the Transition Movement