These are dark and disturbing times. I’ve thought for a while about what I wanted to say about the tragic atrocities the Russian military is currently perpetrating on the people of Ukraine.
While, living elsewhere we can sleep well, without threat, in our homes and plan our spring gardens, I am sure I speak for many of those reading this as well as myself when I say that we stand together with those fighting bravely against aggression and displaced from their homes and lives.
We stand together, adhering to our permaculture principles and our morality, recognising that all that separates us is our geographical location. We are thinking of all of our friends in Ukraine, including those in Ukraine’s permaculture movement who, just a short time ago, may have been planning their own gardens or working on their organic farms, who were living ordinary lives in their country, just as we do in our own.
At times like these, the need to make the most of what we have, and the urgent necessity of using our voices and speaking out for what we believe in is even more pressing. We can each of us make sure that we continue in one voice to use permaculture ideas and practice to work for peace, and work to ensure that we create the world we want to see.
War is never something we want to see. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. But permaculture can help us understand, if not how to end the conflict, at the very least how we can ensure that we work together, with common ethics, to find sustainable solutions, and hope for peace.