Transforming the suburbs sustainably, with permaculture
Have you decided that you want to live more sustainably? Maybe you want to grow food for your family, reduce your waste or energy use. You might want to make changes at home, work or within your broader community.
You're not alone because many people are starting to change their lifestyle, to reduce their impact on the environment, which is also often better for your health and your wallet. The good news is, while it can be challenging to get started or take it to the next level, you don't need to figure it all out on your own because there are others who have already gone down that path and you can learn from them.
So who better to learn from and be inspired by, than David Holmgren, who is a co-originator of the permaculture concept, an environmental designer, author & futurist. David will be featuring in two fantastic events at the Sustainable Living Festival's Big Weekend at Birrarung Marr, during 9th -11th February.
RetroSuburbia – the launch
On Saturday 10th February from 11:30 am to 1 pm, you can learn how Holmgren's permaculture-based vision for our future suburbs promotes creative household solutions for our transition to creative low-energy, low-waste living. He also has an interesting approach with interactive non-monetary strategies for low resource living.
Permaculture is a design system that is based on a system of principles that have many applications including sustainable living, urban and agricultural food growing, as well as social structures and more. It can be applied by individuals, but also to communities, business and global applications. Permaculture is something that has been significant in my life, in terms of living more sustainably.
This informative presentation will also celebrate the release of RetroSuburbia; the downshifter's guide to a resilient future (Melliodora Publishing). Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis will be in-conversation with the author, before opening the floor to a question and answer session. Formidable Vegetable Sound System's Charlie McGee will provide music for this occasion and David will be staying on afterwards for book signings and general chat, so there will be plenty of time further questions and thoughtful conversation.
David Holmgren says that the concept of "RetroSuburbia powerfully inspires people in the suburbs how to respond to the converging economic, energy and climate crises, and discover how they can stimulate positive household and community resilience in the face of such pressures. The book positively elucidates household based strategies, techniques and practical design ideas to activate retrofitting projects in our suburbs as effective solutions to our transition to a low-energy future."
David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, respected writer and thought-provoking speaker promoting permaculture lifestyle as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. Key publications include Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) and Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009).
So the purpose of this presentation is to give the audience a glimpse of the scope, passion and importance of this work that promises to be as inspiring and thought-provoking as Holmgren's previous contributions to the sustainability debate, both locally and globally.
Transforming the Suburbs - the magic of permaculture
On Sunday 11th Feb from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm David Holmgren leads the feature festival forum "Transforming the Suburbs" which will explore the transformative role of Australian suburbs to activate the behavioural change, cooperative-based action and practical solutions required for rapid transition to a carbon-positive low energy future.
The speakers are
David Holmgren - Permaculture Co-originator
Costa Georgiadis - Gardening Australia, ABC TV
Dominique Hes - Melbourne University
Michael Ableman - Sole Food Street Farms, CANADA
Kat Lavers - Permaculture practitioner
Nick Ritar - Milkwood Permaculture (MC)
This expert panel will creatively explore sustainable actions, key strategies and resilience-based concepts for future suburban responses to localised and global ecological challenges. The audience will be provided expert analysis and thought-provoking ideas on how suburbia will be a vital place to survive and thrive in challenging futures. Discussion will actively engage and inform event participants about multi-faceted transitional change ideas that positively contribute toward low-energy and carbon positive sustainable home and community living.
Having heard David speak before, and also having toured his property Melliodora, one of the best-known permaculture demonstration sites in Australia, where he lives and works with his partner Su Dennett in Hepburn (Central Victoria); I can say that I have already been inspired by him and his work. You can find out more about David Holmgren and his property here.
For anyone who is interested in permaculture, or a shift towards sustainable living, these are not to be missed events. So if you know someone who might be interested, then please forward or share this with them. And if you want more on sustainability, then I recommend you look at the full program of events for the Sustainable Living Festival, and the Big Weekend, as there are many presentations and activities that might also be of interest to you.