This book accompanies the powerful and inspirational French film (www.demain-lefilm.com/en/film) that was released earlier this year (PM91, p39).
The author visits 10 countries and meets scientists, activists, business people and elected officials, all of whom are laying the foundations for a new world. It features pioneers who are reinventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education, and has extra material and sources not seen in the film.
This, as good books should, affords you more time to soak in what is actually being written about and achieved. Highlights for PM readers would be the chapter ‘Producing differently: The miracles of permaculture’, via Charles and Perrine Herve-Gruyer’s* perma-culture farm, Bec-Hellouin – it is actually one of the main inspirations of the film itself. “At first sight, Bec-Hellouin (their farm), looks more like a garden than a farm ... Nothing seems to be organised according to the practices of conventional agriculture. And yet each inch of growing space seems designed to perfection.” This chapter acts as a glowing introduction to permaculture. The evidence of its extraordinary yields is jaw dropping, and leads to the conclusion that “permaculture farming that takes full advantage of an ecosystemic approach, of what nature provides, can make enormous sense for feeding all local populations.”
The book moves beyond specific examples to more wide ranging impli-cations and offers myth debunking facts (70-75% of food is successfully grown by smaller farmers). It shows that perma-culture has many answers and is a hugely valuable tool for change, adaptation and survival.
Tomorrow is a film and a book that asks what would it take for us to act and puts the spotlight on those who already have. It features stories and inspirational people (such as Rob Hopkins of the Transition Network) whom PM readers will be familiar with from our pages over the past 25 years. As with the UK’s June 2017 General Election result, this book will help you see you are not alone and that both small and larger actions can have very big impacts worldwide – and that permaculture design can be a central inspiration within this.
Also available in Chinese, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish.
Tony Rollinson is sales director at PM
* See page 71 for details on their book, Miraculous Abundance