Tag Archives | Resilience

How to create a resilient community

Back in 2009, the Black Saturday bushfire season rekindled a major focus of David’s permaculture design work, with a discussion paper for the local community, the reprinting of Flywire House and a series of presentations in the bushfire affected regions with Joan Webster, renowned bushfire educator and author who coined the strategy “stay and defend or leave early” to communicate the complexities of rational responses to bushfire threat. Those events were organised by permaculture colleague and Black Saturday  survivor Daryl Taylor.  Local bushfire forums organised by Hepburn Relocalisation Network followed with David, Joan and Daryl as speakers. In 2011 David and Daryl joined forces running workshops and further presentations on bushfire resilient landscapes and communities in NSW fire prone communities. In May 2013 Daryl hosted a two day  event,  Regenerating People..Place..Prosperity…Preparedness that brought together an incredible range of scientists, educators and activists all involved in various aspects. One of the highlights for both David and Su was the presentation  by another  local, bushfire scientist Kevin Tolhurst

This forthcoming HRN forum on Friday 17th October  brings together these three dynamic central Victorians to deepen local understanding of Firestorm Physics, Household Fire Planning and Personal Resilience ahead of the rapidly approaching bushfire season.

Both of Joan Webster’s books the Essential Bushfire Safety tips (3rd edition) and the Complete Bushfire Safety book are available from our online shop.

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David to talk at Going Local: Sustainable & Fair Food in Melbourne

“Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and equitable”.

Do you want to find out how it could be done? Then you should join us with David Holmgren on Tuesday evening, 11 February for Sustainable & Fair Food: Going Local. This evening, organised by Doing Something Good, an organisation set up in 2011 by Melbourne Social Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, David Hood, will give you a food for thought. David Holmgren will be one of the keynote speakers who will discuss the most crucial issues of our time from a whole systems perspective.

Sustainable & Fair Food: Going Local will be held at Grand Buffet Hall, Union House, University of Melbourne. The evening is free, but you need to register at the Doing Something Good website.

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At Sustainable & Fair Food: Going Local, you’ll hear why building a local food economy is good for the environment, farmers, community, your weekly food bill, and our future. You’ll get to share what ‘going local’ means for you, why you think it’s important, and how the City of Melbourne might help us all to ‘go local’. You’ll also get to cocreate a vision for the City of Melbourne about what ‘going local’ might look like for producers, retailers, restauranteurs, community and government, in and around Melbourne.

 

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Burger off Maccas

Permaculture activism is about creating the positive local alternatives to the control of our food by globalist corporations, because those alternatives are healthier, better for the environment and local economy, more democratic, and fairer to farmers.  As the co-originator of the permaculture concept, my life’s work has been committed to creating the world we do want, rather than focusing on fighting the world, we don’t want. I don’t often discuss publicly what is wrong in the world.  But when there is an issue that so strongly illustrates the divide between common sense of local communities and the dysfunctional globalist takeover of our democratic decision making, it is important to take a stand.

(An excerpt from the letter of support David writes for an anti McDonald’s campaign in Tecoma in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.)

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David to speak at Kinglake Ranges community resilience coalition workshop in April

902632_10200949866485731_1116073705_oDavid Holmgren will give a talk on Future scenarios and preparedness  at the “People & place – prosperity and preparedness” workshop organised by the Kinglake Ranges community resilience coalition. It is a free event and everyone is welcome.

When: Sunday 21 April, 9:30am till 6pm
Where: Kinglake Community Centre, Cnr Exton’s Rd, Kinglake Central
Cost: free
Contact: Daryl Taylor taylor.daryl.r@gmail.com

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Weeds or Wild Nature: A Permaculture Perspective

David Holmgren presented this report as part of a series of seminars on “Contentious Perspectives on Weeds” at the 45th Annual General Meeting of the Weed Society of Victoria in April 2011. It was subsequently published in Plant Protection Quarterly, Volume 26, Issue 3, 2011, p.92-97, along with other proceedings from the seminar.

His message about nature’s resilience is a counter balance to the orthodox picture from the biological sciences of endless ecological collapse in the face of human impact. He brings these perspectives into the 21st century where fundamental challenges to civilisation are changing the ground rules for how we work with nature.

“Land design and management informed by permaculture principles tends to regard naturalized species of plants as assets that should be managed to stabilize water and soil, build biomass, fix nutrients, ameliorate microclimate and provide habitat, fodder, fuel and food in the early stages of system development. While naturalized species may be given a lower value in permaculture design than species regarded as indigenous to the site and region, the typical designation of naturalized species as ‘invasive species’ or ‘environmental weeds’ is typically rejected as anti-ecological thinking.”

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See also the earlier article on the same subject first written in 1997, Weeds or wild nature.

 

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Bee keeping for the energy descent future

Bee keeping at MelliodoraThis article is a reflection on “the prospects for apiculture (bee keeping) as a sustainable and resilient livelihood in the future” and considers the current state of apiculture and future possibilities from a number of different angles.

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Bushfire Resilient Communities and Landscapes

A 52 page discussion paper focused on David’s home community of Daylesford and Hepburn where it is already influencing community and local government action.

It covers a wide range of issues relevant to bushfire vulnerable communities in Australia and abroad including psychological and social preparedness through to management of fire prone landscapes. All of these issues are addressed in the context of the wider climate/energy/economic crisis and illustrate permaculture thinking beyond, but including, the garden.

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