Permaculture is a concept originating from the 1970s, referring to "permanent agriculture" and created to manage, incorprate and utilize natural ecosystems in an integrative and sustainable way of living.
It is considered an alternative to our current destructive methods of food production, consumption, waste management, water harvesting and building. Permaculture ethics specifically maintain that we can develop systems to achieve and develop a state of well-being through using resources in a balanced way.
Travelling, surfing and practicing yoga has made me appreciate Earth's natural resources and consider how we need to preserve and protect them. As a surfer I have been exposed to many issues facing our oceans - animals entangles in fishing wire, beaches strewn with plastic litter, sewage flowing straight into the sea after rainfall.
Heart breaking to encounter, but ultimately eye opening. Through that journey of awakening I found environmental activism, joining campaigns with Surfers against Sewage, Surfers for Cetaceans, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and cofounding Women for Whales.
What I have discovered discovered is that the best action is making conscious choices, consistently, every day. After 5 years of activism and vegetariansm I realised I needed to take a step further toward learning practical tools for sustainable living.
Permaculture principles provide models for living consciously and sustainibly on the land. And that has a direct, positive impact on the ocean.
I completed my permaculture design certificate in New Zealand in 2015 and am interested in helping surf camps, particularly in the developing world, integrate the following principles:
Observe and Interact
Catch and Store Energy
Obtain a Yield
Apply Self-regulation and Feedback
Intergrate Don't Segregate
Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
Produce No Waste
From Patterns to Detail
Use Small and Slow Solutions
Use and Value Diversity
Use Edges and Value the Marginal
Creatively Use and Respond to Change
Plastics have become the silent killer of our ocean habitats, and unless we change our ways there will be dire consequences in the future.
You can pledge to join Surfers Against Sewage's latest campaign Plastic Free Coastlines and fight the wasteland that we have created through our single use plastic addiction. Advice from Cal Major at Paddle Against Plastic, who circunavigated the Isle of Skye, SOLO, to raise awareness of this massive, global issue is:
- Be aware of what single use plastic you do use, and what alternatives are available.
- Don't feel ashamed, just try to implement small changes into your life, from now on.
- Share your findings and challenges with family, friends and others that can support your journey. Like me!
Surfers Against Sewage helped mobilise me into action...
If you want to get involved you can organise a beach clean, sign up your local school to "Ocean School" or simply use their website for helpful resources.