Ideas and ramblings about the permaculture design system
I led a session on the global challenges that we face at the Living Smart course in Randwick and found participants receptive and interested. The course is now in its pilot phase and provides, uniquely among local government in Sydney, a comprehensive and integrated approach to living sustainably…
AFTER SPENDING YESTERDAY at the Climate Action Conference at the University of Sydney, I realise that there is a communications deficit between the established environment lobbies, the climate action network and other groups that address climate change issues indirectly and in ways other than lobbying.
In late 2009, Dr Ted Trainer published a critique of the Transition and permaculture movements. This is reproduced here.
Ted works in the School of Social Work at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of a number of visionary books on sustainability such as The Conserver Society and The Simpler Way and has a small property at Pigface Point in suburban Sydney where he has built a number of intermediate technologies.
Here’s my response to Ted Trainer’s original article.
Thanks to the organised Greg Olsen from Transition Sydney for having the foresight to file the thing.
Ted’s paragraphs quote straight from his work and are followed by my responses denoted by RG:.
Story & photos: Russ Grayson
WHEN WE MOVED INTO THE APARTMENT near The Spot in Randwick, we noticed that someone had planted a few herbs and that there was a wormery in use by one of the owners. There was also a large sandy strip, once a garden in the backyard. What sort of garden it had been we didn’t know.
PERMACULTURE SYDNEY EAST’s meeting of November 2009 took the form of a group consultation for the development of a permaculture interpretive garden at Randwick Community Centre.