The Permaculture Guild Global Regeneration Project
THE PERMACULTURE GUILD
STATEMENT OF MISSION AND PURPOSE
The primary mission and purpose of The Permaculture Guild is: “To co-create a regenerative planet, while maintaining a state of dynamic equilibrium and alignment with natural law, that supports the survival and thriving of all life forms.”
The Permaculture Guild has developed a project and a strategic plan to facilitate our mission and purpose.
THE PERMACULTURE GUILD GLOBAL REGENERATION PROJECT-STRATEGIC PLAN
There are three core phases to our strategic plan.
PHASE 1. To co-create and facilitate the manifestation of regenerative inner and outer landscapes.
PHASE 2. To use the process of guild building and related beneficial connections, between self organizing and empowered individuals and groups, structured around the permaculture carbon cluster, the permaculture flower and the permaculture design evolution process.
PHASE 3. To facilitate regenerative, self governing, watersheds, river basins, and marine ecosystems globally. The Permaculture Guild Eco-village Project model will be the primary vehicle used to facilitate the transformation process of any given watershed or river basin.
It is our intent to co-create at least one of these Eco-village models for each watershed and river basin on the planet.
One of the key characteristics of a regenerative watershed, or river basin, (both of which can also be referred to as a bioregion, containing multiple ecosystems) is that all life forms within its geographical footprint are in a state of balance with each other.
In permaculture there are seven land use zones.
The first zone is zone zero-zero. This zone of the seven, is the most significant. The fundamental reason for this is due to the current planetary condition, as it is but an outward reflection, of the collective condition, where individual inner landscapes are not in balance. How does this condition manifest? Multi generational and trauma based cultural programming, for example, left unchecked are common culprits.
Here are the descriptions of these seven zones:
1. Zone Zero-Zero, describes the realm of our internal inner landscapes. Some aspects are: biome, physical, emotional and mental health, (some include spiritual).
2. Zone Zero, describes the built environment and basically consists of everything man made that doesn’t occur in the natural world. Such things as; homes, barns, fences, highways and roads, even down to a pathway, trains, planes and automobiles, electrical, telecommunication, natural gas networks, railroads, commercial and industrial centers, furniture, computers, silverware and dishes, clothing, landfills, the list goes on and on.
3. Zone one is the part of the garden which is closest to the home or zone zero, representing that part of the landscape that is visited every day.
4. Zone two is similar to zone one, but extends further out and is visited less frequently.
5. Zone three consists mostly of food forests or orchards.
6. Zone four is for agro-forestry, such as tree or industrial hemp farms, where harvesting intervals are further apart.
7. Zone five is the area reserved for wildlife habitat. It is visited, but little to nothing is taken away.
A watershed or river basin in a state of balance, and aligned with natural law is the objective. Starting with zone five, there is a geographical footprint large enough where the indigenous top predators remain in healthy and regenerative populations. The food chain base provides enough land for this to occur. Ideally zone five would be located at the extremities of a watershed as well as along the edges of brooks, streams and rivers located within that watershed. Once these areas have been determined, the land mass that remains can be used by humans to establish zones zero through four.
Within the remaining area the next step would be to estimate the human carrying capacity of the watershed. It’s important to note that the human carrying capacity can be modulated, according to several factors, such as latitude and the dietary choices of the people living within that watershed or river basin. The less meat products consumed within the watershed, the greater the human carrying capacity of that watershed. This is due to the fact that on average, it takes about seven pounds of vegetable protein to produce one pound of animal protein. This gives us a considerable level of flexibility in determining our human carrying capacity.
Economically, it is essential that a watershed produce a surplus yield in order to obtain resources which may not be obtainable within the watershed. Examples could be; tools, equipment, solar panels, batteries, fuel, building materials, clothing, computers, etc. Surplus yields that have the greatest market value at a reasonable cost, will produce the greatest return on investment. In order to produce this surplus yield, land needs to be set aside above the level required to support the watershed population.
Eventually the watershed zones zero through four will stabilize into balance, and that includes self regulating the human population in a responsible way. Otherwise, the watershed will begin to feel the pressure of over population. Again, dietary choices, as well an innovation could assist with expanding the carrying capacity of a watershed or river basin.
Finally, it’s a given that humans must always aspire to be in alignment with the ethics and principles of permaculture. This is the equivalent of co-existing with natural law