Permaculture in your everyday life

IMG_4651To live a life with care for both the Earth and humans and with an eye on a fair distribution of resources requires consciousness and awareness in relation to oneself as well as local and global relations.

Sufficient food on the table, clean drinking water, clothes to wear and a safe home are things that all people should have access to. Unfortunately, there are still many people in the world, who don’t get these basic needs covered. At the same time, quite a few people, e.g. here in Denmark, have access to much more than we really need and what the Earth can offer in long terms.  It can be comfortable with a high consumption and it can be easy to forget that everything we live from comes from somewhere and put a mark on the world. Whether that mark is good or bad is not always very transparent in a global world, where many goods come from the other side of the globe.

If we wish to make a positive footprint on Earth, we must become more aware of our consumption patterns and daily living and be willing to change our habits and lifestyle where necessary. That is exactly what many of us want to but it can be difficult to find a community that provides the right support and backing needed in order for change to happen. However, a supporting community is crucial when trying to change your habits – they are not habits for no reason!

To learn – in community
Participation in a course about permaculture or a local permaculture network can be ways in which you can acquire the necessary knowledge. And that in a context, where the people around you are striving for a life with care for nature and humans just like yourself. Check out the calender for courses and other permaculture-related events.

Changes in your everyday life
The following list includes actions, that will reduce your negative influence on the globe. Permaculture is not about following other people’s rules and some of these suggestions might not suit you. Most important is that you consider your own situation and make an action plan that fits you – and remember: all actions count!

Think about what you eat and where it comes from.
You can:

  • Eat locally produced food products when possible and support local producers and/or food coops.
  • Buy fairly traded products when it isn’t possible to buy locally sourced products.
  • Eat as big an amount of fruit and green stuff as possible and consume less meat and ready meals.
  • Grow your own food in your garden, on your balcony or windowsill!

Think about where you invest your money.
You can:

  • Be an ethical consumer – read the information declaration on the products and find out whether there are better alternatives.
  • Change to an ethical bank with clear policies for how they invest your money.
  • Change to an ethical retirement savings scheme.
  • Invest your money where they’ll be used for practical solutions, that contribute to a sustainable development.

Think about your transportation habits

  • Bicycle or walk places instead taking your car if you’re not going far.
  • Use public transportation instead of car.
  • Take part in a shared car scheme or share a car with your neighbors or a friend.
  • Avoid flight transport – the most damaging kind of transport.

Think about your general consumption.
You can:

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle!
  • Avoid products based on microplastic and -fibres, as for example fleece sweaters, skin products for peeling, dishcloths, etc.
  • Aim for natural materials when shopping.
  • Isolate your home well. Consider getting your home energy-checked.
  • Turn down the heater a few degrees and put on a warm sweater instead.
  • Change for a green electricity supplier, such as SEAS-NVE’s product GlobalEnergi.
  • Change for cleaning articles that carry the green label Svanemærket.
  • Choose products with green labels when you’re shopping for electricity-consuming products.

Think about how you use your outdoor space, like your garden, school garden or nearest urban garden.
You can:

 

  • Start a compost so that the green waste can be reused for soil improvement of the garden.
  • Establish a water collection system for watering your plants in dry periods.
  • Redesign your garden and plant more fruit trees, fruit bushes, herbs and perennial vegetables.
  • Establish a forest garden.

Think about your education.
You can:

 

  • Take an education, where you learn about and is enabled to work with nature and/or green transition in focus.
  • Take in introduction course in permaculture, a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) or specialised courses about forest gardening, perennial vegetables or similar.
  • Take a teacher’s traning course, which gives you abilities to teach permaculture.
  • Take a diploma in permaculture, which grants you permission to independently hold Permaculture Design Courses and much more.

Think about how you use your spare time.
You can:

  • Read a book which makes you wiser on green living and permaculture.
  • Become a volunteer for Permakultur Danmark or in your local network.
  • Start a new local permaculture network.
  • Get involved in your local urban garden.
  • Make a permablitz in your garden, on your school or anywhere else!

Time is on our side

There has never been a better time to get involved in permaculture than now. So much has changed in the last couple of years and it is now easier than ever to learn about permaculture, get support for the practical things you can do to reduce your ecological footprint and get started with a permaculture project at home or in your local community. You are very welcome to contact the board if you have ideas for how you can get started or moving with a project.

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