What do permaculture principles and electo-swing ukelele have in common? Charlie Mgee!
I chat to Charlie in the lush surrounds of Ceres Environment Park (surrounded by very vocal roosters) about how an ‘antique’ sprouty sweet potato was a catalyst for composing a repertoire of swingin’ tunes on a ukulele addressing the 12 principles of permaculture in a plethora musical styles ranging from ‘energy-descent electro-swing’ and ‘climate-change reggae’ to ‘peak-oil polka’.
At the ‘core’ of permaculture are the three ethics: earth care, people care and fair share. Find out more about Permaculture below.
‘Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual’ Australian album launch will be happening on April 6th 2013 at Ceres Community Environment Park in Melbourne.
Permaculture Songs: http://permaculturesongs.com
Formidable Vegetable Sound System: http://formidablevegetable.com.au/
Grow Do It: http://growdoit.com.au/
Grow Do It are designers of creative permaculture and sustainability educational resources for teachers, facilitators, lecturers, students and festival goers.
Permaculture Principles http://permacultureprinciples.com
Ceres Community Environment Park : http://www.ceres.org.au/
Music in this podcast:
From Charlie Mgee’s ‘Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual’
No Such Thing as Waste
Small & Slow
All songs licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Unported License (BY, NC, SA) Charlie Mgee 2013.
What’s this Permaculture Thingy?
The 12 Permaculture Design Principles*
- Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
- Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
- Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
- Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
- Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
- Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
- Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
- Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
- Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
- Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
- Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.
Find out more about Permaculture Principles http://permacultureprinciples.com