So, WHAT IS PERMACULTURE? It's a way of thinking that you can use to make major improvements in your quality of life: your home, your community, your work situation, and other areas of your life. It offers human beings a way to get our needs met without trashing the planet or harming other people (or other species).
Many people first hear of permaculture in a gardening or farming context. But the terrain of permaculture extends far and wide, to include all other areas of human activity as well. Transportation, energy, building, manufacturing, business and finance, social organizations -- you name it.
PERMACULTURE is a set of design principles for anyone to use. These design principles are based on how nature operates. Nature has a highly efficient and flexible way of getting things done. By imitating nature's approach and applying it to the design of human stuff (homes, buildings, products, organizations, landscapes, and so on), we can make things much better, AND quit wrecking the planet that we depend on for life. And we don't have to sacrifice the economy to do it! Though this may sound like some utopian fantasy, too good to be true, it's actually very realistic and practical. And you can participate!
Design that works against nature is all around us: in our homes, in our workplaces, in our communities. It wastes a lot of time, energy, and money. It's costing the planet, and it's costing us personally. And it turns out that we, everyday people, are the ones in the best position to fix things.
"Although the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple." -- Bill Mollison (a founder of the permaculture design movement)