Spotlight on... Permaculture
It’s great to see so many Streetbank members are involved in – or want to learn about – permaculture. Broadly defined, permaculture is a practical toolkit for creating low carbon ways of living. Based on natural principles found in ecosystems, these can be used by anyone, anywhere - in your home, your garden or the wider community.
Everyone from Alan Titchmarsh to Alys Fowler to Kevin McCloud has promoted the benefits of permaculture. Indeed, 2012 saw President Obama's administration welcome permaculture into the grounds of the White House itself, something Tony Rollinson from Permaculture Magazine sees as a ‘breakthrough stance that has led to a huge increase in awareness of permaculture’.
For those interested in reading more about permaculture, Permaculture Magazine also produces Permanent Publications, books covering everything from growing your own food to renovating a home and using renewable technologies. In Rollinson’s view, they’re one of many things that help ‘demonstrate practically that there are solutions out there to many of the world's problems and engender a positive culture of hope’.
At Streetbank, we’re keen to promote communities coming together to share things and skills or to give under-used/unused items a new home. In the process, people are able to save money, cut their consumption and reduce their environmental impact – precisely what permaculture also strives to achieve. It’s no wonder so many Streeties give permaculture a thumbs up.