12 Principles of Permaculture: How to live SUSTAINABLY!

Permaculture is an ecological system of living friendly with the environment. This method of living was introduced by David Holmgren, who also launched the twelve basic principles that formulates Permaculture’s main purpose. In applying these points to our lives, we would be helping the environment by living sustainably. Each and every one of us can adopt and apply this system to our lifestyles. In doing so, we are walking on the right path of becoming green citizens who care for the earth on which we live in. The TWELVE PRINCIPLES are:

1. Observe and interact.

  • “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

2. Catch and store energy.

  • “Make hay while the sun shines.”

3. Obtain a yield.

  • “You can’t work on an empty stomach.”

4. Apply self regulation and Accept feedback.

  • “The sins of the fathers are visited on the children unto the seventh generation.”

5. Use and value renewable resources and services.

  • “Let nature take its course.”

6. Produce no waste.

  • “Waste not, want not. A stitch in time saves nine.”

7. Design from Patterns to details.

  • “Can’t see the wood for the trees.”

8. Integrate rather than segregate.

  • “Many hands make light work.”

9. Use small and slow solutions.

  • “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

10. Use and value diversity.

  • “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

11. Use edges and value the marginal.

  • “Don’t think you are on the right track just because it is a well-beaten path.”

12. Creatively use and respond to change.

  • “Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be.”

Permaculture is an ecological system of living friendly with the environment. This method of living was introduced by David Holmgren, who also launched the twelve basic principles that formulate Permaculture’s main purpose. The 12 Principles are:

1. Observe and interact.

· “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

2. Catch and store energy.

· “Make hay while the sun shines.”

3. Obtain a yield.

· “You can’t work on an empty stomach.”

4. Apply self regulation and Accept feedback.

· “The sins of the fathers are visited on the children unto the seventh generation.”

5. Use and value renewable resources and services.

· “Let nature take its course.”

6. Produce no waste.

· “Waste not, want not. A stitch in time saves nine.”

7. Design from Patterns to details.

· “Can’t see the wood for the trees.”

8. Integrate rather than segregate.

· “Many hands make light work.”

9. Use small and slow solutions.

· “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

10. Use and value diversity.

· Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

11. Use edges and value the marginal.

· “Don’t think you are on the right track just because it is a well-beaten path.”

12. Creatively use and respond to change.

· “Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be.”

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