What is the ethics of permaculture


As is well known, the philosopher Immanuel Kant formulated the "categorical imperative" which still serves many people today as an "ethical guideline" in their everyday lives. Quoted freely, the categorical imperative reads something like: "Act only according to the maxim that you can also want to become a general law."Correspondingly, this means that humans should treat their fellow creatures and their environment as they would like to be treated.

The three basic principles of permaculture

There are also ethical principles in the circle of permaculture friends, and because the concept "Permaculture" was originally developed in Australia (by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren), these guiding terms or maxims are English and are:

  • "Earth Care",
  • "People Care" and
  • "Fair share"

Loosely translated this means roughly:

  • "Take care of the earth and take care of it"

  • "Take care of people, animals and plants and take care of them" - and:

  • "Share (the treasures of nature) fairly with others and work together in solidarity and for the benefit of all those involved with nature and other living beings"!

Permaculture: cooperation and wisdom instead of shareholder value

Of course, there are also other varieties, translations and definitions of the ethical permaculture guidelines that deviate somewhat from this. But we don't care here. In short, it becomes clear that the "Permaculture" project is about preserving nature and helping it cooperate, instead of ruthlessly exploiting and destroying them!

In addition, permaculture is also a model that we use for our Living together can be used and transferred to other areas, for example architecture, Trade, town planning, or also the personal and social togetherness! So people who practice permaculture try to solidarity, environmentally oriented and really "sustainable"to act and develop systems that are as natural, fair and as possible self-regulating are. Speculation on food and agricultural products, as run by some large banks and hedge funds, is ethical e.g. B. not justifiable. Likewise, striving for more and more profit through patents on seeds and genetic engineering or the sale of so-called "pesticides", the massive use of which destroys our environment and endangers our health.

How large agricultural and seed corporations manipulate or genetically modify seeds, for example, in such a way that farmers can no longer propagate them and then cultivate them, is well documented - something like that in the sense of permaculture irresponsible and contradicts all ethical principles. (You can read here, for example, how these business practices work and what consequences they have worldwide.)

Responsible corporate executives, such as Mr Baumann, are therefore rightly criticized. Permaculture fans are convinced that the world's population can only be fed through careful, ecological and grandchildren-friendly methods, without the ruthless exploitation of nature, and that the key to success is not in ever larger monocultures and farms, but in preservation smallholder structures and consists in renouncing agricultural poisons! Wouldn't this be an idea that more and more people should join? We firmly believe in it! Because man is actually but sensible, intelligent and knows that money is not edible. In other words: there is no reason to destroy the earth or to poison, on the pretext that there is no other way!

On the contrary: man could leave this earth in a better condition than he found it!

That is why the permaculture movement is committed to a life without agricultural toxins, genetic engineering, nuclear waste, war and environmental disasters! Because nature actually provides everything in abundance, we just have to With their work, be a little humble - and don't destroy them. The basic ethical rules are that simple permaculture, actually ... ;-)

PS: More Planting trees than you will use yourself in the course of your life (for furniture, firewood and other things) that would be quite Practical example for ethical, i.e. "sustainable" or suitable for grandchildren Act! Or renouncing cruises and air travel! Why wait? Off to the garden! Nature is your friend. ;-)