Permaculture Ethics – Making Them Work – The Permaculture Research Institute

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.

Albert Schweitzer

The ethical principles of Permaculture set it apart from other design disciplines, as their inclusion guides the actions and goals of the designer. These ethical principles are fairly simple and straightforward, but some sections of the Permaculture community are expressing various concerns about them.

What could be so troubling about these three ethical principles of Permaculture that we’re all familiar with – Care of the Earth, Care of people, and Return of surplus to Earth and people?

I’ve seen opinions thrown around that the Permacu…

Source: Permaculture Ethics – Making Them Work – The Permaculture Research Institute