As it says on their web site, "Permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns." It uses the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems to provide a framework and guidance for people to develop their own sustainable solutions to the problems facing their world, on a local, national or global scale. It is based on the philosophy of co-operation with nature and caring for the earth and its people."
Pealk oil and the exaustion of energy and other resources is a reality, not just something thought up by tree huggers and, As it said on a recent TV prog on BBC 2, We cannot go on like this. Peak oil has provided us with the means to grow, irrigate, fertilise, transport, distribute, and process huge volumes of food. Even GM food is totally oil dependent. But look at the B side. Industrial and agricultural pollution of air, soil and water often with chemicals which did not exist untill World War 2, the majority of which have never been thoroughly tested has allowed the world to support an enormous population, producing waste in volumes which have over-powered the planets ability to cleanse itself.
Whether we like it or not this cannot go on for very much longer. oil prices will continue to rise as will the costs of all its used to produce. In energy terms no other single source of energy will make up the shortfall. and many believe that even a basket of alternatives such as wind, solar, tidal, geo-thermal and nuclear will not be enough. The UK imports more than 50% of all its food so what do we do when the tankers stop arriving?