1. Dave Jacke in Daylesford


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    Edible forest gardener and permaculturalist, Dave Jacke, comes to Daylesford, Australia for a brief talk while touring the country giving workshops on temperate climate food forestry.

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    • Gruber Bernhard Permakultur Wie füllen wir in Zukunft unsere Einkaufswägen


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      Benhard Gruber, Permakultur-Design Lehrer, führt ein in das Konzept der Permakultur. Von der Zone Null, dem häuslichen Bereich bis zur Zone 6, dem weitläufigen Umfeld, gibt er praktische Tipps, sein Leben nachhaltig zu gestalten: Kräuter anbauen, Hochbeete anlegen, Nutztiere halten, Gemeinschaftsgärten gründen und vieles mehr... www.permakultur.biz "Gerne komme ich auch zu Ihnen und berichte über meine laufenden Projekte, unterstütze Ihr Projekt, oder halte für Sie Vorträge im Themenkreis um die Permakultur, oder vertiefe gerne auch das Thema mit mehrtägigen Workshops, bis hin zu einem zweiwöchigen Permakultur-Designkurs. Terminreservierungen für 2012 und 2013 sind bereits möglich!"

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      • Nicole Foss and David Holmgren at Daylesford Town Hall


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        Speaking on issues ranging from financial collapse, energy powerdown and grassroots resilience, Nicole Foss and David Holmgren field questions from the floor at the Daylesford Town Hall, Thursday 16th February 2012, after Nicole's presentation on preparing for extended financial crisis.

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        • Green Tech Scenario


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          Based on the Future Scenarios book by permaculturalist David Holmgren, the Green Tech scenario assumes that the costs of carbon-based energy become prohibitive, motivating a large-scale shift to more green technologies, such as wind, solar, efficient cars, smart cities, and localized food systems. Students in the Natural History of the Black River course at Oberlin College created this speculative radio broadcast of the year 2025 when Lorain County has experienced a boom in green-based industries and an economic renaissance around small businesses (including a solar manufacturer in Lorain and a bike manufacturer in Wellington) and local food systems. In this scenario, we have reduced carbon-based energy consumption and reduced carbon emissions. But the end of the radio broadcast reminds us that the impacts of climate change will still linger, even if we make a large-scale shift. This scenario is not too far off, as a number of former factories in northern Ohio have been converted to the manufacture of solar and wind energy components, including a solar company in Oberlin’s industrial park. The question remains, can we muster the political and economic will to make this transition or will the entrenched forces of the carbon economy keep us down the Brown Tech route with accelerated long-term climate change.

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          • Brown Tech Scenario


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            Based on the Future Scenarios book by permaculturalist David Holmgren, the Brown Tech scenario presents a “business as usual” approach to energy use and climate. This scenario assumes a future in which carbon-based energy extraction continues, leading to increased climate change. Expansion of deep-water oil drilling or exploitation of tar sands and the Keystone pipeline embody this scenario. Students in the Natural History of the Black River course at Oberlin College created a speculative public relations video for Oberlin College in 2025, after geology students at the college discovered rich oil and gas resources beneath the campus. The college exploits this energy to build its endowment and provides students with opportunities for hands-on learning through energy extraction. The college has been combined with the Oberlin Energy Corporation, where students have to work 40 hours a week extracting carbon-based energy to pay for their educations. The college spins it as “hands-on learning for the extractive economy” and even has formed an Extractive Studies Program to support it. Far fetched? The scenario is a cautionary tale not just for carbon-based energy dependency, but the risks of increasing privatization of education. Just recently, one contender for the 2012 U.S. Presidency recently suggested that low-income children could pay for their educations by working as janitors for their own schools.

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            • Earth Steward Scenario


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              Based on the Future Scenarios book by permaculturalist David Holmgren, the Earth Steward scenario assumes a peaking and subsequent collapse of carbon-based energy and a resulting reduction in carbon-emissions. In this scenario, communities return to significantly more localized economies, collaborative networks, and simpler living, including local food systems, local energy, and human-powered transit. This scenario most closely resembles the vision of permaculture and advocates a more creative “energy descent” rather than a rapid collapse. Students in the Natural History of the Black River course at Oberlin College created this mosaic of images of a day in the life of an Earth Steward future. With camera angles focused mostly on hands and legs, the film emphasizes a return to human-powered systems, including bikes, organic gardens, compost, and homemade meals savored around the table. The scenario also features alternative economic systems, represented two people bartering yarn for garden vegetables that get turned into the meal featured later in the film. There is still some energy use, as represented by the gas stove that could be powered off of methane captured from aerobically composting organic wastes. This scenario embodies several initiatives already at play in Oberlin around campus-based food production and local food systems.

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              • Lifeboats Scenario


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                Based on the Future Scenarios book by permaculturalist David Holmgren, the Lifeboats scenario envisions a world in which energy has peaked and extreme climate change has significantly knocked out political and economic systems. With the collapse of civilization, people are left to fend for themselves in a dystopian survivalist future. This scenario presents a cautionary tale for a complete failure to act and adapt. Students in the Natural History of the Black River class at Oberlin College presented a dramatization of this scenario, captured in a mock film trailer. The story revolves around two students wandering the wild fringes of Oberlin, arguing about how to survive. One suggests going back to the land and growing food communally while the other rejects this plan and forges out on her own as a marauder. There is an element of surprise and panic in this scenario, as though the rapid collapse of current support systems took everybody by surprise. This speaks to the large-scale denial of climate-based science and stubborn resistance in responding proactively to ecological feedbacks. This scenario can be seen today in countries with failed states and even to a lesser extent in some sections of post-industrial cities such as Cleveland or Youngstown. This is really the default scenario for collective inaction on critical energy and climate issues today.

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                • David Holmgren on Permaculture Principles in the Developed World and the transition away from fossil-based fuels


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                  How do we move away from a fossil-fuel based society? David Holmgren, ecological design engineer and co-originator of the term “Permaculture” joins me today to discuss this very question. For all you suburbia nay-sayers out there, this discussion will be especially interesting to you.

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                  • Design exercise with David Holmgren


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                    On the weekend that coincided with National Permaculture Day, 1 May 2011, David Holmgren leads a first design exercise with about thirty locals.

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                    • David Holmgren - Holistic approaches to food production during energy descent


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                      FEASTA FOOD CONFERENCE 2005 What Will We Eat as the Oil Runs Out? Food Security in an Energy-Scarce World. Presentation as part of a conference held on June 23rd to 25th, 2005 in Dublin, Ireland, which sought to answer a crucial question: How can the world's population be fed without the extensive use of fossil fuels in the production, processing and distribution of food? More details about the conference are available at feasta.org/events/foodconf/foodconf_media.htm

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