One thing I've realized in the past months is that permaculture is not the thing I hoped it would be.
When I've learnt about permaculture I've saw in it one possible solution to the many problems we're facing as a society.
And to some extent, this still holds true for me. However I've realized that no matter how many permaculture designs will be created, no matter how many gardens will be (re-)built, farms created etc., unless there are some permaculturists working there, it won't fulfill its purpose.
Now of course this is a bold claim.
But think of it this way: Permaculture is a design method for human habitats. This to me is an important aspect. When the human component falls away, there's no permaculture. Nature doesn't care about permaculture or a designed habitat. It just thrives as best as possible.
But if we design a human habitat, we need to maintain it. We need to make sure, that nature thrives in places and ways where it's useful and supporting to our human needs. Nature doesn't care about us humans.
This does not mean, we have to fight against nature, rather channel its energy in a way that's supportive to our needs.
But to do this, to channel this energy in a permaculture way, we have to know about all the details of permaculture.
We have to know about all the thoughts which have gone into the design in the first place. Otherwise we wont be able to continue what has been started.
And we will face new challenges, no matter what kind of design it is.
These are the reasons why I've come to the conclusion, that for us to overcome the big challenges ahead, we all need to become permaculturists.
It is not the number of permaculture designs which save the planet, rather it's the number of permaculturists.
(As a side note: I don't care if the name permaculture or any other label is used. Permaculture to me is a tool which should be used and put aside if not applicable. Use whatever technique and/or name you like)