Nominal and inflation-adjusted crude oil prices 1970-2009, taken from Steven Kopits’ Oil: What Price Can America Afford?

Money vs Fossil Energy: The battle for control of the world

“This essay provides a framework for understanding the ideological roots of the current global crisis that I believe is more useful than the now tired Left Right political spectrum. I use this framework to provide a commentary on current political machinations around Climate Change and Peak Oil. Building form the same energetic literacy that informs […]

Eroded gully revegetation, Spring Creek Gully

David Holmgren explaining a low cost technique for revegetation of eroded gullies without heavy machinery or chemicals. The technique turns thick, fire-prone blackberry cover into useful fire-resistant trees on what was a landscape completed denuded in the gold era. Working bee action in the background. Thanks to Dan Palmer of Very Edible Gardens (VEG) for […]

The Flywire House: A case study in design against bushfire

Bushfire resilient communities and landscapes presentation

Sustainable Living Festival – February 2010 Climate change and peak oil demand we change our behaviour, organise our households and reshape our communities and landscapes for greater self reliance and resilience. The threat of bushfire provides the immediate context for application of these changes that will be more effective and empowering than top down centralised […]

Bushfire Resilient Communities and Landscapes

A 52 page discussion paper focused on David’s home community of Daylesford and Hepburn where it is already influencing community and local government action. It covers a wide range of issues relevant to bushfire vulnerable communities in Australia and abroad including psychological and social preparedness through to management of fire prone landscapes. All of these […]

David Holmgren and Buenos Aires TreeHugger correspondent.

Treehugger interview in Buenos Aires

Extracted from the original Treehugger interview by Paula Alvarado in Buenos Aires, October 2007. “Many of the mainstream approaches to how we might make things more energetically efficient and ecologically friendly, although well intentioned, are a waste of time”, says David Holmgren. From a permaculture point of view, that is. This is because this set […]

Permaculture: Solutions for the energy descent future

A keynote address by David Holmgren to the Urban Sustainable Living Expo Warrnambool Victoia 4th June 2006. This replaces an earlier presentation “Global Energy Peak Threat Or Opportunity” to launch the 8th Australian Permaculture Convergence Melbourne April 2005. Explains peak oil and permaculture strategies for the energy descent future. An empowering and inclusive understanding of […]

Interview with Heidi Snel (2005)

This interview was made by Heidi Snel, ÖKOFILM (, during the IPC7 (7th International Permaculture Convergence) in Motovun, Croatia in june 2005. In PART 1 * The power of Permaculture * The Future of this Earth * The role of cities in the Future [youtube] In Part 2, David Holmgren speaks about the “agro-rebel” […]