People and Permaculture: A Book Review

I recently finished a book that I borrowed from the library called People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara. I had read good things about it somewhere and I thought I would check it out. It is about the people aspect of permaculture and how it can relate to individuals, groups and the world.

As someone who is a very logical person and struggles with managing my relationships and feelings this book brought it all back to permaculture principles which was exactly what I needed to read. I read the odd 'self help' book but this one really spoke to me.

She goes through the first few chapters defining permaculture and how it applies to people, such as the ethics and patterns. A third of the book is how permaculture can apply to yourself and your life and relationships. As I find permaculture a logical way of thinking I found this very useful to apply the same knowledge to my life and see what is and isn't working. I enjoyed working through the activities that were suggested.

The next part of the book is written for groups and how permaculture principles can apply to them to allow for harmonious relationships. As I feel I am still working on myself at this stage it wasn't really relevant to me but I could see that it could be useful to community groups or families. I think a good place to apply these principles would be a shared permaculture household, like David Holmgren explains in his book Retrosuburbia (another fantastic book).

The last part of the book is written on a global scale and how we could more forward as a planet. This involves learning from other cultures in a sensitive way and thinking about the future generations. There are a lot of interesting concepts in this part that is hard to visualise on a day to day basis but when explained in the book it makes a lot of sense. One good example was if the world was represented by 100 people; 1 would be dying of starvation, 17 would be undernourished and 15 would be overweight. Very striking statistics.

The book is essentially a guide to live our lives in a more permacultural way. I got a lot out of the book and will buying a copy for myself in the future and revise it often. Although the group part isn't relevant to me right now I would like to have it as a reference in the future.

Until next time,


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