Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability Paperback – December 1, 2002
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David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Since then he has written several more books, developed three properties using permaculture principles, conducted workshops and courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003). With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.
David lives with his partner Su Dennett and their son Oliver at "Melliodora", a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at www.holmgren.com.au.
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0646418445
- Product dimensions : 7.01 x 1.02 x 9.53 inches
- Publisher : Holmgren Design Services; First Edition (December 1, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #606,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book combines the worst forms of Academic snobbery with such a depressing world-view that I frankly had to just cut my losses and stop reading. Dr. Holmgren envisions a world tapped out of fossil fuels, fuel that he considers to be essentially borrowed progress, and with their loss that we must by necessity de-populate the planet and return to pre-industrial ways (his term, not mine.)
Those of us who know these pre-industrial ways, which of course he goes on at great length about how he has taught, lectured, pioneered, and/or practiced personally, will thrive (but not thrive TOO much of course, because then we'd start putting the planet in jeopardy again) and those who don't, well... won't.
For every permaculture tidbit, there were paragraphs upon paragraphs of doomsaying and self-aggrandizement.
Contrast Dr. Holmgren's bleak world view with a book I recently finished _The Case for Space_ by Dr. Robert Zubrin and it just simply becomes a choice: do I choose to believe in an unlimited future for mankind where our technology and ingenuity can COMBINE with a passion for nature and creation; or do we all assume the fetal position on this tiny little planet that will have less and less to give to us as the years roll on.
I choose human potential. In the meantime, I'll be searching for another book to teach me how to be a better and more creative caretaker of my yard. Not out of fear, but out love, the love that I have for the land that's been given to me and the ingenuity that others have to teach me how to bring out its best.
Lots of run on sentences that were really wordy. I had to read over many things two to three times to try to wrap my head around things. You really need to be focused to take in the information in this book. It does show how permaculture is a diverse web of interactions both on an ecological and principle level. But if you studied permaculture you'd know that already.
If you're serious about permaculture get it and dive in. You'll find nuggets of information. But be warned you might get frustrated with his writing style.