Our ancestors, who relied on their understanding of the land for their survival, held a worldview that acknowledged and celebrated their fundamental interconnection with the natural world. The industrial revolution and our post-industrial society have severed that link and our disconnection is reflected in our agricultural, pharmaceutical, energy and business practices. Maddy introduces permaculture design and grounds the ideas behind it with examples from around the world. These projects demonstrate how we can once again embrace our profound ecological connection and become a “communion of subjects, not a collection of objects”. Maddy also suggests that we need to become transformational heretics and explains how we can actively say “No” to our ecological, social economic disconnection.
Maddy Harland is editor and co-founder of Permaculture, an international quarterly magazine that covers all aspects of sustainable living, from permaculture gardening and small scale sustainable agriculture to green building, low-impact transport and community action. Maddy Harland also co-founded Permanent Publications in 1990, a company dedicated to publishing environmental books and digital media. The company is based at the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, a former Naval Base and now a thriving educational centre that Maddy helped set up.
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