Permaculture seems to encourage a way of living that is in line with the Prophetic Vision for human beings as khulafa (vicegerents/'caretakers/representatives') of God on our shared home, Planet Earth.
It is a field that is being actively explored by students of the Institute, with a handful having completed initial Permaculture training courses.
WHAT IS IT?
Permaculture combines three key aspects:
1. an ethical framework
2. understandings of how nature works, and
3. a design approach
This unique combination is then used to support the creation of sustainable, agriculturally productive, non-polluting and healthy settlements. In many places this means adapting our existing settlements. In other cases it can mean starting from scratch. Both offer interesting challenges and opportunities.
The word 'permaculture' comes from 'permanent agriculture' and 'permanent culture' - it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature. Permanence is not about everything staying the same. Its about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture and social justice, peace and abundance.
Permaculture & the Prophetic Way - a one day introductory course 16 Dec 2012