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Permaculture peaks — the 1990s…
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IT WAS THE 1990s and permaculture was on a roll. The hard work of the 1980s was paying off. There was greater public awareness of permaculture, more courses came on offer and were attracting a greater number of participants. The path ahead seemed clear and the movement was permeated with optimism.
Before we look at the opening years of the new century it might be instructive to step back to the closing years of the old.
THE NEWS CAME unexpectedly and with a suddeness that shocked many. Things had seemed to be going well… permaculture was on a growth curve… the community associations that formed the backbone of the design system continued their work… courses continued to attract particiants.
PASS THROUGH BURNIE, the largest city hereabouts and one that snuggles against the chilly waters of Bass Strait. Drive past—don’t turn off – at the junction of the Murchison Highway that takes the traveler over undulations of steep hills and valleys of dark, dank and moist temperate rainforest, and you end up at Queenstown, on Tasmania’s rugged and weather blasted west coast. Go through the town of Wynyard and ignore the turnoff to Boat Harbour Beach. Keep going… further westward. Soon you come to Sisters Creek, a seemingly minor locality along the Bass Highway.
SKIMMING MY FACEBOOK, the item entitled Permaculture Institute ends teacher registration grabbed my attention though it is some weeks old now. Three things came to mind as my eyes passed over this item:
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:.