Is permaculture a key to combating climate change?

September 28, 2016

David HolmgrenOne of Australia’s founding fathers of modern environmentalism will speak at Murdoch University about the enduring need for permaculture in our changing society.

Co-founder of permaculture David Holmgren will present the 2016 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture, discussing the evolution of this environmental concept over the past 40 years, and how its growth in popularity is closely linked to economic and political events.

Permaculture is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people, providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

“Permaculture is one of the few expressions of modernity that strengthens rather than erodes traditional sources of wisdom for working with nature,” Mr Holmgren said.

“While permaculture cannot change the trajectory of our civilisation, it is certainly one of the threads of cultural continuity that could allow our descendants to survive and even thrive through a future of peak oil and climate change.

“Whatever the future, permaculture is providing inspiration and know-how to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of creative people who are creating the world we do want now.”

Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David Holmgren is respected for his refreshing and unorthodox approaches to the environmental issues of our time.

He teaches, by personal example, that a permaculture lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism.

As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, Mr Holmgren is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability and resilience.

His forthcoming book RetroSuburbia; A downshifter’s guide to a resilient future shows how the residential landscapes of our cities and towns can be transformed for the better by their residents.

The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science was established in memory of Murdoch University foundation member Keith Roby, who believed science could make a major contribution towards resolving contemporary issues such as the dilemmas surrounding the environment, energy, resources and genetic engineering.

This year’s Lecture runs from 6 – 7.30pm on Tuesday 11 October at the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre on Murdoch University’s South Street campus. RSVP is essential at or on 08 9360 6176.

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