A new not-for-profit foundation, Permatil Global, has been launched in Australia to further open up access to permaculture tools and knowledge worldwide.
The foundation will focus on helping everyone, everywhere tap into permaculture practice – a regenerative design system where people can abundantly provide for food, water, energy and shelter in a way that works with and preserves the greater environment.
It was the overwhelming demand for The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook – a comprehensive resource of permaculture design and strategies – that inspired the book’s development team to establish the new foundation.
‘Since the launch of the international edition of the guidebook in October 2018, it’s been accessed online in 174 countries, with more than 82,000 chapters downloaded worldwide,’ said Ego Lemos, a Director of Permatil Global.
‘By setting up a dedicated foundation, we’ll now have more resources to oversee ongoing development of the guidebook, primarily for tropical regions and in the languages of the topics, and expand its reach across the globe.’
The benefits of permaculture are particularly relevant now as the current health crisis prompts many of us to take stock of how we live, Mr Lemos said.
‘Understanding how we can grow, harvest, eat, store, preserve and share our food has never been more important,’ he said.
‘The heart of permaculture is about helping families and communities become more resilient, sustainable and productive – not just to survive but to thrive.’
Ensuring access to permaculture knowledge for all will remain a key priority. ‘The guidebook is available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis,’ Mr Lemos said. ‘That means many people have accessed the book for free, helping put permaculture in the hands of more people.
‘Everyone can access the book no matter what their income – which is especially important in disadvantaged or subsistence communities.’
The new foundation will also explore other ways beyond the guidebook to boost permaculture, said Mr Lemos.
‘Permatil Global will provide a platform to take permaculture further and wider, with other initiatives that spread knowledge, build networks and accelerate positive change. As with the guidebook, we will focus on reducing literacy, language, gender and income barriers and building local skills and economies.
‘We’re excited about this next step as we continue working with people around the world to strengthen food sovereignty, facilitate environmental regeneration, mitigate climate change, and build resilient and sustainable communities everywhere.