Permaculture – an ethical system
“Permaculture is a movement concerned with sustainable, environmentally sound land use and the building of stable communities, through the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth.”
“Care of the Earth” includes all living and non-living things, such as animals, plants, land, water, and air.
“Care of People” promotes self-reliance and community responsibility.
“Give Away Surplus” pass on anything surplus to our needs (labor, money, information) for the above aims.
Implicit in the above is the “Life Ethic”: all living organisms are not only means but ends. In addition to their instrumental value to humans and other living organisms, they have an intrinsic worth.
Permaculture is an ethical system, stressing positivism and cooperation.