The term permaculture means permanent agriculture, which is a concept that aims to create ecosystems that respect biodiversity. The goal is to create a self-sustainable and resilient agriculture. Permaculture observes the interactions between its components, and seeks to integrate human activities while respecting natural processes in its agriculture.
The Earth is the very thing that sustains us, it provides us with all the essentials that keeps us alive – air, water, food, shelter – and it is the only source of these essentials, we can’t get them from anywhere else! We depend on the Earth and all the living systems on the planet (which, incidentally, are all interconnected in a complicated, interdependent web of life) for our survival.
All living things are interdependent on each other, including people. In reality as the saying goes, “no man is an island”, humans by their very nature are communal and social animals, and just like the rest nature, which they are a part of, are cooperative in nature. No one can do everything they need to survive themselves and that’s the essence of community! It’s about sharing and supporting each other.
The world’s resources are finite, so logically it follows that there is a finite and measurable share of resources available to each person on the planet to support them. If we take only our fair share, then there is enough for everybody, and there will continue to be in the future too. Furthermore, when we share our surplus produce, when we share our skills, knowledge and experience, these actions build bonds between people, helping to foster a sense of stable collaborative community.