Permaculture Ethics

Permaculture has a set of three ethics that serve as a foundation for the principles that guide behavior, store design and decision making.  These are Care for the Earth (or Earth Care), viagra order Care for People (or People Care)  and Reinvesting Surplus (or Fair Share.)  These ethics resonate throughout the rest of the Permaculture philosophy, and with for many practitioners, through all aspects of life.

This set of ethics allows us to make informed decisions when we do not clearly see a best way to proceed. The balance ofEarth Care, People Care, and Fair Share can act together as a litmus test if we are progressing ethically in our designs and actions.

Earth Care

Living soil, viable water, and breathable air are all resources with limits.

In the past, we thought the abundance of these resources was so great, we would never be concerned with them, but we are now finding that those limits can grow too close for comfort. Society’s enthusiastic growth has developed a bias towards boundless consumption that drives a cycle that may exhaust the natural resources we need to survive. Preserving these resources – even by moderating other human constructs such as wealth and consumerism, leisure and opulence – is something we need to consider with every decision.

To ignore the need to preserve these resources is equivalent to turning our backs on all of the people of the world, as well as every other living thing that depends on them.  Endeavor to find methods of living, working and growing that serve as regenerative factors in the environment and reduce those that degrade it.

People Care

Human society exists to provide opportunities to fulfill our human desires for companionship and collaboration.

Nurturing society requires compassion and self-reliance, and so people care begins with ourselves, finding for ourselves what is required to be healthy and empowered with fulfilled lives. It extends to our families, those who support us in our daily efforts, both dark and bright and we in return support them in theirs. It spreads to those in our organizations, our businesses because they share our immediate goals and intentions, and their endeavours support ours. It then flows out into our communities, the fountain of greater wisdom and enterprise that we can tap into when a whole is needed that is greater than it’s parts.

Compassion even extends to those outside of our immediate community, into the world at large, where a great wave of it can build to inspire self-reliance and hope in others. We should work with others at all times to bring about the best result for everyone involved.

Although a business can’t experience compassion, the people within it can and do, and opportunities to extend and receive that compassion should be recognized and nurtured. This is the basis for collaboration, the engine that drives successful partnerships and markets.

Fair Share

By all means, take what you need from what you have. But you have a reciprocal obligation to redistribute the surplus back into your community, and to seek and accept that surplus in time of need. A mature apple tree produces much more than the average person or family can practically use. A company produces more than the CEO can practically use. By distributing that surplus inside and outside of our organizations, we support the people and communities that supports us and reduce the dependance on consumption without negative effect to ourselves. We provide examples to others by focusing on what is appropriate for us, not what is appropriate for others. In such a way, we can build a stronger society with more compassion and less impact on the environment we all depend on for survival.

Angel and non-predatory VC investment embodies this principle – a method of sharing surplus with the understanding that by engaging and improving the ecosystem, the bounty and efficiency is increased for every stakeholder.

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