1). We like this article from America, which states that Permaculture: It's not just for hippies and homesteaders anymore. (Was it ever?!) The features illustrates how diverse permaculture is becoming and the conclusion makes us smile: "In the end, it's hard to argue with a movement that advocates getting more for less, playing nice with others, and improving this little planet we call home. If nothing else, creating a self-sufficient homestead and strong community is the ultimate insurance policy against a bad economy, natural disaster, or worst-case scenario, zombie apocalypse."
2). We also love this story Growing Against The Grain, also from the States. Junior Samantha Mason spent the summer filming at Ithaca, on the outskirts of New York. Mason is a documentary studies and production major and is going to be creating promotional videos for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. "It's a lifestyle that's completely opposite to capitalism," says Mason. "You're not commodifying the earth. Capitalism has succeeded in separating humans from the earth we consume from. Permaculture reminds us we're part of this system." We are all looking forward to the permaculture films she makes!
3). Keeping the American theme going – it is also great to report that American sales of Permaculture magazine are up this year-to-date and we are also seeing our authors becoming more well known on the other side of the pond. Aranya is currently taking part in an online interview and projected podcast via one of our favourite sites Stateside, Permies.com. You can read their review of his new book Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide - it features a video of Aranya teaching which is well worth watching. You can also ask Aranya questions on the site and there will shortly also be a podcast with him, Click here for details: Welcome Aranya author Permaculture Design
4). Spotted on the Lonely Planet forum this week is this request for information of a Permaculture Design course in Southeast Asia. Good to see so many knowledgeable people replying and helping someone else find permaculture :-)
5). Finally, one we don't want you to miss from our own website. Polly Higgins, the founder of the Ecocide Campaign, needs support to continue their work. If you can donate here: Eradicating Ecocide.