Green Lifestyle interview (and Award reflections)

Back in October David Holmgren was inducted into the Green Lifestyle Hall of Fame.

A follow-up an interview with Katrina Lezaic published in Green Lifestyle Magazine focused on the links between the origins of permaculture and the energy crises of the 1970s.

“The origin point for the first big wave of environmentalism was really the limits to growth report from the Club of Rome in 1972, which is the beginnings of the modern concept of sustainability’, even though that term didn’t appear until much later,” Mr Holmgren told Green Lifestyle. “And of course a year after that report came out there was the first oil shock, followed by another in ’79 to bracket that initial wave.”

The publishing of Permaculture One catapulted the practice into popular culture, resulting in a series of design courses facilitated by Bill Mollison in the early ’80s.

Throughout that time there was huge growth in all aspects of environmentalism, including an increase in owner/builders, intentional communities, and organic agriculture.

“Permaculture was a bringing together of all these different aspects and integrating them,” Mr Holmgren says. “It also introduced a few new or novel aspects, by highlighting design as the most important practice and ecological models for redesigning agriculture and society.”

The article conclude with the following.

David Holmgren was initiated into the Green Lifestyle Hall of Fame. As a key figure in the environmental movement, he is inspirational in providing ways to restructure our thinking so we are no longer depending on dwindling resources but instead create resilience and political strength in our own lives.

We have just found David’s own reflections on the award that never made it onto the website. The series of articles by an Australian environmental activist Kari McGregor he had just read helped him contextualise his own reactions to the award. Ironically Kari’s blog is called the Overthinker!

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