Permaculture combines three key aspects:
1. an ethical framework
2. understandings of how nature works, and
3. a design approach
This unique combination provides an ethical framework that is used to design regenerative systems at all scales.
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. It is about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture, and social justice, peace and abundance.
One thing is for sure. It's a fascinating subject, with many aspects. It is always evolving.
Visit the Permaculture Association's Knowledge Base to understand more about permaculture principles, ethics and design tools. You can also explore a vast database of practical solutions and resources.