The EthicsCare of the Earth, This means taking responsibilityfor and learning to live in balance with all the otherlife forms and natural systems we share our homeplace or bioregion with. Think globally and act locally.Care of People: is about promoting community wellbeingby ensuring that we all have equal access tothe resources necessary for existence.Fair Share of Surplus:This requires us to control ourpopulation and be disciplined consumers so that wecan distribute what is surplus, in time and materials,to our needs, for the benefit of other people and alllife.
The PrinciplesThe, dozen or so, Permaculture principles seek tocreate self-sufficient communities that meet all theirenergy needs from within the system by:designing small-scale, intensive, poly-culture gardensthat:optimize diversity and the web of connections,use multi-functional elements,use biological resources and cycle nutrients,conserve water and energy,produce no waste and provide a continuous yield,So that we can afford to leave wilderness areasunharmed to be appreciated for spiritual renewal andinspiration.
Attitude:Recognising that everything is connected. Everyonelives in a watershed and everything we possess or usecomes from somebody’s watershed.By making bioregional self-sufficiency our goal, learningto meet our material and non-material needs fromregional sources, we shorten the supply lines andreduce our energy demands and our ecologicalfootprint.All life is carbon based. We are all connected bycarbon.All carbon based energy is stored sunlight.Fossil fuels are millions of years of sunlighttrapped in carbon compounds and they are finite.The problem is the solution
A New ClimatePowering down: the end of cheap energy.Discoveries peaked in the 1960s, extraction peak isimmanent.Oil Depletion Protocols articulated by, Dr.Collin J.Campbell which if adopted universally could carry usfrom scarcity to abundance and improved quality oflife.From the hydrocarbon economy to a carbohydrateeconomy. From mining to minding the Earth.Unpredictable weather: the end of unsustainable,industrial agriculture dependant on a stable climate.It takes an average of 7-10 calories of input energy(including processing and transportation) to produceone calorie of food; 40% goes towards the productionof artificial fertilizers and pesticides
Not Energy - Oil and GasThe problem is the solution.Reduce the subsidy in stages, utilize thesavings to foster renewables.Decentralize power generation, shortendelivery systems:Each watershed having their own mix: solar,wind, wave, tidal, biogas, micro hydro-electric,pyrolysis of biomas, etc.Plan for Trinidad to remain self-sufficient in oiland gas, plant forests for natural oil, wax andresin production: Carapa, Oiticaca, Oil Palms,Carnauba, Cashew, etc.
Goal settingShort term goal: Put local food, fibre and medicinesystems in place that can handle change. Morediversity: fruit and nut tree crops, free-range livestock,restore degraded land with multifunctional forests,increase habitat for wildlife.Accelerate succession, generate a continuous yield.Long Term goal: Mitigate climate change, remove theCarbon Dioxide from the atmosphere in an energyefficient way using plant based systems: All biologicalmaterial is a potential energy source.Increase the amount of energy (trapped carbon) onthe land, use the energy in the most efficient way andget as many yields before it degrades.Terra preta: slash and char increases long termfertility.
The Oil Depletion Protocolby Dr. Colin J. CampbellWHEREAS all the major productive provinces of the World have beenidentified with the help of advanced technology and growing geologicalknowledge, it being now evident that discovery reached a peak in the1960s, despite technological progress and a diligent search;WHEREAS the past peak of discovery inevitably leads to acorresponding peak in production during the first decade of the 21stCentury, assuming no radical decline in demand;WHEREAS the onset of the decline of this critical resource affects allaspects of modern life, such having grave political and geopoliticalimplications;WHEREAS it is expedient to plan an orderly transition to the new Worldenvironment of reduced energy supply, making early provisions to avoidthe waste of energy, stimulate the entry of substitute energies, and extendthe life of the remaining oil;WHEREAS it is desirable to meet the challenges so arising in a cooperativeand equitable manner, such to address related climate changeconcerns, economic and financial stability, and the threats of conflicts foraccess to critical resources.
NOW IT IS PROPOSED THATA convention of nations shall be called to consider theissue with a view to agreeing to an Accord with thefollowing objectives:To avoid profiteering from shortage, such that oil pricesmay remain in reasonable relationship with productioncost;To allow poor countries to afford their imports;To avoid destabilizing financial flows arising fromexcessive oil prices;To encourage consumers to avoid waste;To stimulate the development of alternative energies.