Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Dr Charles Massy – Regenerating Earth & Landscape Literacy

Dr Charles Massy – Regenerating Earth & Landscape Literacy

The Earth and its functional systems have entered the Anthropocene epoch. We know industrial agriculture is a key factor in damaging most of these systems. But we also know a regenerative agriculture can provide solutions. Such solutions won’t come top-down, from the ruling power-bases of industrial, growth-based society. They need to be bottom-up, comprising an underground insurgency: and an insurgency that involves urban and rural societies in regenerating healthy landscapes and thus healthy food, leading to healthy people, societies and planet.

To achieve this we need to gain ecological literacy: that is, an understanding of how landscapes function, and thus the capacity to ‘read’ them and take informed, corrective action if needed. Dr Massy will outline such a simple pathway and model, and so the principles of landscape and garden design embedded in Permaculture are integral to helping instigate this underground insurgency.

‘You cannot damage what you are dependent upon without damaging yourself.’ Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America, 1977, p. 116:

The Australasian Permaculture Convergence is an important place to present “Because it is a gathering of people focused on sharing ideas to regenerate Earth and society”

Dr Massy’s new book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth  will be available at the convergence and Dr Massy will be available for signings.