At the International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) we treated attendees to the very first showing of the Urban Permaculture DVD. At the time I was personally too busy to watch it myself, but just last night finally sat down to do so.
In short, it was totally inspirational.
It gave me lots of practical ideas for things I can do on a piece of ground I’ll soon be working on myself. And, perhaps most of all, it filled me with, again, inspiration and enthusiasm. I think this is the great strength of the DVD, that it makes what may seem to some a daunting task, and helps you to realise it’s actually entirely doable — motivating you to take up the challenge of turning a useless (and sometimes energy guzzling) piece of urban land into something entirely productive and also aesthetic.
Because of our ‘conventional’ industrial agricultural practices, we’ve steadily moved most of the world’s human population off the land — where they often knew a thing or two about how to manage it — driving them instead into cities where they’ve been educated to become consumers and to leave the provision of their most basic necessities (food and water) to the ‘experts’. It’s now beyond clear that the ‘experts’ do not have our interests at heart, and nor do they know anything about healthy, productive natural systems, and it’s clear that if the human race is to survive the next century with any kind of peace and health, we’re going to have to take matters into our own hands, get back in touch with the natural world and start finding fulfillment in providing for our own needs once more. While it will be totally out of reach or impractical for many to move into rural areas and onto land that is now largely in centralised control, many of us can still fight back, right where we are, in the cities.
Aside from energising existing Permaculturists, this DVD will be a very useful tool to help inspire a new generation of urban farmers to put the world right again! As such, people involved in ‘Permaculture Evangelisation’, as we at the PRI are, should definitely check it out too.