Following the success of the European Permaculture Convergence in Wicklow earlier this year, Chrisi Blaha has very kindly collated and written up all the information from the event, and this is now published here on the website. You can find the complete EUPC 2018 Harvest report at http://permaculture.ie/eupc-2018/
Just this month: IPCC report on the dire state of our climate and – perhaps more immediate – the weather forecast for the coming 12 years; a report on the dire state of mammal biodiversity; new images of Earth from the far side of the moon.
The first images of Earth rising behind the horizon of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission around Christmas 1968 gave rise to our modern environmental movement and inspired and informed amongst other things the emergence of permaculture.
What will inspire and inform us now to address the challenges of the collapse of biodiversity – largely on the back of the invention of human agriculture, urbanisation and population explosion – and climate, with unsurprisingly the same root causes. Denying the role of humans, doesn’t make it so. And if we aren’t the cause, we will fix it anyway. Right?Read more…
From time to time we get requests from lovely permaculture people that are looking for opportunities to make our world a better place – through permaculture. We hope that our network members can help them along. Here is an example.
We are Hanna & Felix, two mid-twenties from Germany. Right now, we are traveling through South America in search for some land to start a self-sufficient farm & join the reforestation movement. We have decided to come here after living on a farm in Northern California for one year. Originally, we abandoned our European life in the course of learning enough about the current state of the planet & the crises ahead of us. Being too young to ignore that outlook, we decided we had to fundamentally change our lives & join the efforts to fight the upcoming catastrophe. Hence, we are set to dedicate our time & energy to promoting life in all its forms – permaculture being the perfect tool to work towards a greener & healthier world.
By now, we have to change course in one respect: We have to come back to our home land Europe. We have a group of friends & family who would also join our efforts in case we find a proper piece of land to start with. Hence, we now begin our search, especially in Southern and Eastern Europe.
Our advantage is that we don’t need a “good” piece of land at all. We are looking for the challenge to bring life to a place that is not already abundant of it or even especially suitable. Our aim is to experiment with ways & methods to grow plants in preparation for a future without fossil fuels. We want to start with at least 10 hectares, but the final scale of the project depends on the number of people involved.
Please, if you can help us find a place to begin our journey towards a more beautiful world, get in touch with us.
Thank you so much in advance!
Hanna & Felix
Dear Friends and Members,
As you are aware, we are in the eighth year of Terrafest, which, with your support has progressed step by step and making a very special impact in uniting several bioregions and organizations to get their voices heard on the necessity of a transformation in our relations with each other, our land and all its species.
So, its your chance to act during our this year’s manifestation in finding local solutions, with the help of this life cycle analysis from Seed to Climate change which can lead us all to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. Development is going in the right direction but we are still far from a compatible path to reaching it, so join us taking the right steps towards a sustainable future starting with seeds as our health and our democracies are the related to our social, economic and ecological patterns that will need to change.
- Join our crowd funding campaign on https://www.ulule.com/terrafest/, to help us in proceeding with our project, you are one of the co-creators of this initiative, thanks!
- Vote for our event on the “Best Climate Solutions” award on https://www.bestclimatesolutions.eu/sign-up-login/ by logging in and choosing Terrafest. During the online polls, registered users on the Best Climate Solutions website can vote for the admitted candidates and share them on the social networks, increasing their chances to win. The online polls are open from September 24 to October 15, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST).
The walk will begin on 27th July, 2018 from Karlovac, Croatia, entering into Slovenia, Nuovo Mesto and conclude at Zalec, Slovenia near the border to Austria. Hosting is provided by local organizations on the way who are joining as members in the network.
Thank you for your interest in our dreams. We hope to see you going on this path into the green countryside of Croatian rivers and Slovenian hills to enjoy this moment of sharing,
Terrafest working Team
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The European Permaculture Convergence will take place 8 – 13 August 2018 in County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland. Just an hour by public transport from Dublin.
The site is in a beautiful valley in the Wicklow Mountains which gives a unique opportunity for a restorative 5 days total immersion in nature. There is a specially designed and professionally led Children’s Programme centred around the theme Children in Nature, based on nature mentoring and the ethos of Forest Schools.
Attendance tickets are €100 for the 5 days of the programme. Children under 15 can attend for free. With a range of accommodation options from €25 camping to €80 for a hostel bed for the duration. Catering will be a choice of wood fire cooked whole food vegan menu plans and exciting local food trucks.
We are excited to release a limited number of 2-for-1 tickets to this year’s convergence whereby you purchase one ticket and Abundant Earth Foundation will sponsor the other for you! There are only 10 available and they are sure to be popular so do be quick! More details on this here.
There’s much more info about the programme, tickets, fringe events and volunteering on our website at eupc2018.ie
New Partners for Permaculture: Reaching Beyond Our Edges
We are reaching out to you as a Permaculture Association, Organisation or key person within your country’s Permaculture network, from the organisers of this years European Permaculture Convergence to ask if you would be so kind as to share details of our event with your members, contacts and network of Permaculturalists?
This year the EUPC is coming to the beautiful mountains of County Wicklow just an hour from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, where we will be extending a thousand welcomes to Permaculturalists from right across Europe. Continue reading “EuPC 2018 :: Ireland”