Maybe some of you have happened on this site and are wondering what exactly does Fifth Sum Permaculture value? Well, three simple things.
These three things are how we plan on making a positive and lasting impact on the world, and they are integral to every part of our business.
Lets start with Equality, and because I like dictionary definitions, this is what it has to say.
The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. What does that mean, exactly? Well, I’m not entirely sure how to explain it any simpler. Yet, it seems to be a concept that many find difficult to grasp.
Equality is about removing the barriers people have to living the life that they choose. Regardless of what borders they were born inside of, what gender they identify as, the tone of their skin, the creed they choose to follow, or their political leanings. This list is far from exhaustive, as there are nearly limitless factors that separate us and bar us from opportunity.
Human beings have basic rights, the most basic and fundamental of them is the right to choose, the right to autonomy. There are many out there who wish to infringe upon this right, either overtly or in more subtle manners. All of the human/civil rights movements are centred around this one basic right. Rosa Parks got tired of sitting in the back with the other blacks during the era of segregation. She wanted the right to choose where she sat, and refused to give into the demands of society. She did this at great risk to her own personal safety, and lost her job as a result.
There are many out there who wish to segregate us, who wish to have control over us, and make demands on how we choose our lives. Some of the things we fight are racial, gender, class and sexual stereotypes. These actively, either overtly or subtly, bar people from choosing their own lives. Shame, guilt and blame are the weapons of the oppressors. They can be as overt as racial slurs and aggression towards people of a different skin tone, or as subtle as an employer considering whether a woman might want to start a family before making a hiring choice.
Fifth Sum Permaculture takes a stand against inequality of all forms. There is no excuse for prejudice. Ever.
I recently wrote a piece touching on community, it’s a little NSFW for swearing, so please read it with a little bit of caution.
Community is hugely important, and it ties into equality as well. Since we’ve started this off with a bit of a theme, why don’t we continue that.
Community can be defined two ways, and both are applicable. There’s community in finding others who share common attitudes, interests and goals. There is also community to be found by sharing common characteristics. Like the desire to see a fair and equal society.
Community can be a group of people living in the same area, but it can also be seen on the global scale. With communication across borders easier and easier, we can find others who share similar views. Wherever you find commonality, you find community. At Fifth Sum Permaculture we use community to bring people together and to create an inclusive space. We embrace our differences, and work together despite them.
It is important to create a diverse and inclusive community, one filled with people from all walks of life. This encourages alternate views and perspectives, both of which can be incredibly beneficial to creating a holistic society.
One distinct benefit of a community such as this is collaboration. I often like to stress that life is not a zero-sum game. In a zero-sum game, one has to lose for another to succeed. This is simply not true. When we work together, we build each other up. Everyone involved is a part of that success. When we are competitive, and view everyone else as enemies, we do nothing but harm everyone involved, especially ourselves.
At Fifth Sum Permaculture we encourage collaboration through community, because only through the involvement of everyone effected can we find solutions that benefit the whole.
Permaculture is a fairly new concept, yet it has roots in ancient and indigenous cultures. It’s something that I will continue build on in further posts. I also have a few videos I’ve produced about it, feel free to check those out.
To say it’s the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient is just the tip of the iceberg. Permaculture is so much more than that.
It’s an ethics based, scientific method of design. It focuses on holistic solutions, with the ultimate goal of sustainability, or better yet, regenerativity. It isn’t limited to agriculture, though that is our primary focus. It can also be applied to research, social systems, energy production, and waste & water management. This list is not exhaustive, as the principles of Permaculture can be literally applied to any problem to find solutions. When we say we’re multi-faceted, we truly mean it.
Our Ethics are as follows:
- Earth Care – A simple and straightforward statement. We must all care for the earth. It is our job, as a sentient and intelligent race, to caretake the earth and all of her inhabitants. We must leave as little trace behind, and pursue sustainable solutions so as not to cause harm. The wolf does not cut down the forest to get all the rabbits.
- People Care – Another simple and straightforward statement. People will benefit from Earth Care, but they are emphasized here because we are the caretakers. We cannot do that job if we don’t first take care of ourselves.
- Future Care – This is a little more nuanced. Depending on who you ask, this is also known as Share the Bounty, Fair Share or Return of Surplus. Regardless of the title, it all means the same. We’re looking to build sustainable and regenerative systems with the ultimate goal of taking care of the future. It can be epitomized in the Iroquois principle of Seven Generations. Our actions today should be made with consideration for the following seven generations.
The Principles of Permaculture are a set of design tools that we use. For sake of time they will find themselves in another blog post all together. I include them often in my writing, providing specific examples of them in practice. In the meantime, you can click on the image below to learn more.
So there you have it. The values of Fifth Sum Permaculture. Equality for all people, the development and encouragement of Community, all driven by the Ethics and Principles of Permaculture.
I hope you can join us for this journey to a brighter, sustainable and equal future. Contact Us to see how we can help your organization or project succeed for generations to come.