Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Essay: Money vs Fossil Energy; Course: Advanced Permaculture Principles and Planning Tools

A couple of items from Holmgren Design Services (HDS), who since the very beginning have supported and sponsored the work of the Hepburn Relocalisation Network. Thanks HDS!

1. David Holmgren has written a new essay which brings fresh insights for empowering environmental and social activism in an age of climate change, peak oil and economic crisis, entitled "Money vs Fossil Energy: the battle for control of the world."

"This essay provides a framework for understanding the ideological roots of the current global crisis that I believe is more useful than the now tired Left Right political spectrum. I use this framework to provide a commentary on current political machinations around Climate Change and Peak Oil. Building from the same energetic literacy that informs Permaculture and Future Scenarios, it challenges much of the strategic logic behind current mainstream climate change activism.  Like the Future Scenarios work, this essay is intended to help environmental and social activists better avoid the obstacles to effective action in a chaotic age."
David Holmgren  Winter Solstice 2010

Download the essay from the Writings page of the HDS website.

2. It'd be great to have a bunch of local HRN folk along for the upcoming 4 day residential Advanced Permaculture Principles and Planning Tools course with David Holmgren. It will be held at the Hepburn Primary School from the 18th to the 21st September. See more info on the HDS website, email or phone 5348 3636.
"This course is targeted at permaculture practitioners, designers, activists and teachers, Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) holders and other suitably experienced people, who are looking to deepen their understanding of permaculture and improve their conceptual skills and tool kit for design and action."
A reasonable background of knowledge and experience in the area of sustainability may also be appropriate for those who are interested in coming along, but don't necessarily have extensive experience with permaculture specifically... It should be a very interesting course!

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