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David on Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann

Recently David was interviewd by Scott Mann for the Permaculture Podcast. Scott covered some of the subjects David is rarely asked these days including, “how did David come up with Permaculture in the first place?” David also was asked to elaborate on his work over the years through each of three waves of environmentalism he identifies: the limits of resources in the 1970s, the limits of what we can put into the environment during the 1980s and 90s, and the convergence of these two ideas over the last decade or so.

You can listen to the podcast at David Holmgren on Permaculture: an interview on the Permaculture Podcast.


The Reverse of Globalisation

In a recent interview with The Nation and On The Earth Productions, David traces the permaculture movement from its emergence following the 1972 publication of The Limits to Growth to now and underscoring the potential for us to adapt to an ‘energy descent future’.

View an abridged version of the interview here.


Strategies for transition

GroAction Interview with Luke Miller Callahan in 2011

How do we move away from a fossil-fuel based society? In this interview, David Holmgren discusses the strategies for transition. For all you suburbia nay-sayers out there, this discussion will be especially interesting to you.

See also an excellent post by David MacLeod on Integral Permaculture.


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 this video.


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 of principles called permaculture have a more radical point of view to green. But don’t be scared just yet: we’re not asking that you leave all behind to live in an eco-village in the middle of the country.

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Interview with Heidi Snel (2005)

This interview was made by Heidi Snel, ÖKOFILM (www.ecofilm.de), during the IPC7 (7th International Permaculture Convergence) in Motovun, Croatia in june 2005.

* The power of Permaculture
* The Future of this Earth
* The role of cities in the Future

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In Part 2, David Holmgren speaks about the “agro-rebel” Sepp Holzer after his first visit to Sepp´s farm. He also gives some short thoughts about natural farming of Masanobu Fukuoka.

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Permaculture co-founder steps into limelight

The CSIRO’s Ted Lefroy says it is not easy to measure how many aspects of permaculture have infiltrated mainstream environmental thinking and practice, but it is fair to say its influence has been profound.

“I think it’s been quite significant in its influence on broadacre agriculture, just take the two words of its origin, permanent and agriculture and look around Australia’s landscapes,” he said.

This interview by ABC radio’s Landline program by Tim Lee was first published 28/03/2004. It features Rod May, an organic farmer and the former mayor of Hepburn, Ted Lefroy of CSIRO’s Sustainable Ecosystems, Su Dennett and  Maureen Corbett from Melliodora as well as David Holmgren. You can read it in full down the fold or at the ABC website.
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