Toby Hemenway: How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, but Not Civilization

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nicholasschoolatduke | September 22, 2010

Hemenway is a frequent teacher, consultant and lecturer on permaculture and ecological design throughout the U.S. and other countries. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review and American Gardener. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Graduate Education at Portland State University, a Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and a biologist consultant for the Biomimicry Guild.


First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture (2009)

Eco Home: Escaping the Big City – A Place Under the Sun

Sustainable Food (UCLA Lecture) + Homegrown Revolution

Permaculture around the world + Fairview Gardens Organic Farm nestled in an urban area

A Farm for the Future (must-see)

19 thoughts on “Toby Hemenway: How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, but Not Civilization

  1. Interesting thing. I think this blog is somewhat Christian(or Christian-like). How do you deal with the fact that guys like this one are usually atheistic/darwinian? How do you reconcile that?

    • As the editor, I don’t have a prerequisite that my writers be Christians. In this particular case I was the one who found then posted the video so have no problem whatsoever if the person or persons in the video are not Christian.

      • Fair enough. I nonetheless find the variation in views fascinating. One thing I have learned from my travels on the net the last 20-some years, examining views from left to right, socialist to capitalist, religious to non-religious, is that there is no way all these conflicting views can be right. Interestingly, it *is* possible for all of them to be wrong. Two alternatives are (1) The truth is out there, but is not what anyone thinks it is. (2) There is no truth. By this I of course mean in the philosophic “big questions” sense. I do not refer to such relatively clear issues like “is it raining outside?” where there might be a possibility of truth. I recommend you look up an article from in the Wayback Machine called “political will, political won’t” to get a taste of this sort of view regarding one of the most evil of human inclinations, politics. It is unclear that socialism is any better than capitalism. I would instead argue that if anything *all* isms are dangerous. Perhaps the only ism that makes sense is nihilism. I don’t know. Perhaps the Church of Euthanasia may have something after all.

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