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Treehugger interview in Buenos Aires

Extracted from the original Treehugger interview by Paula Alvarado in Buenos Aires, October 2007.

“Many of the mainstream approaches to how we might make things more energetically efficient and ecologically friendly, although well intentioned, are a waste of time”, says David Holmgren. From a permaculture point of view, that is.

This is because this set of principles called permaculture have a more radical point of view to green. But don’t be scared just yet: we’re not asking that you leave all behind to live in an eco-village in the middle of the country.

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Peak Oil and Permaculture tour of Australia

Richard Heinberg

Peak Oil: The Challenge, the Possible Responses
(45 minute presentation)

David Holmgren

Permaculture: Solutions For Energy Descent
(45 minute presentation)

For more info see the Peak Oil and Permaculture tour page (yet to be added).


Permaculture: Solutions for the energy descent future

A keynote address by David Holmgren to the Urban Sustainable Living Expo Warrnambool Victoia 4th June 2006. This replaces an earlier presentation “Global Energy Peak Threat Or Opportunity” to launch the 8th Australian Permaculture Convergence Melbourne April 2005.

Explains peak oil and permaculture strategies for the energy descent future. An empowering and inclusive understanding of permaculture as a multi-faceted design response to energy crisis.

Presentation (6.7MB PDF without audio).


Interview with Heidi Snel (2005)

This interview was made by Heidi Snel, ÖKOFILM (, during the IPC7 (7th International Permaculture Convergence) in Motovun, Croatia in june 2005.

* The power of Permaculture
* The Future of this Earth
* The role of cities in the Future


In Part 2, David Holmgren speaks about the “agro-rebel” Sepp Holzer after his first visit to Sepp´s farm. He also gives some short thoughts about natural farming of Masanobu Fukuoka.



Permaculture co-founder steps into limelight

The CSIRO’s Ted Lefroy says it is not easy to measure how many aspects of permaculture have infiltrated mainstream environmental thinking and practice, but it is fair to say its influence has been profound.

“I think it’s been quite significant in its influence on broadacre agriculture, just take the two words of its origin, permanent and agriculture and look around Australia’s landscapes,” he said.

This interview by ABC radio’s Landline program by Tim Lee was first published 28/03/2004. It features Rod May, an organic farmer and the former mayor of Hepburn, Ted Lefroy of CSIRO’s Sustainable Ecosystems, Su Dennett and  Maureen Corbett from Melliodora as well as David Holmgren. You can read it in full down the fold or at the ABC website.
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