“The biggest limit to abundance is lack of creativity,” as Toby Hemenway says. Permaculture is about that every situation is different (hence the observation) and that you have to respond to it differently. Respond to changes, ‘problems’ and mistakes, use them to your advantage. The problem is the solution (the problem is the solution – Bill Mollison): Understanding why the problem occurs gives you insight into what the solution might be. The climate is changing, try to take it into account and build on the future, however uncertain it may be (‘Adept to the future’). Rather small solutions than one big one.
Summarized in the words of Bill Mollison: “When we design, we’re always building for future floods, future fires, future drafts. And planting a tree, a few inches tall, that will be future forest giants, cast future shadows. Future populations will need future forest resources, shelter, security. So somebody needs to range ahead of time, scout out the next century. We are not daydreaming, we are time scouts, finding places now, for what will be needed then.” I hope everyone can follow this, because it’s quite a bit to translate, but if not, let me know in the comments and I’ll translate it anyway. But this beautiful quote summarizes all 12 principles. And this is what makes permaculture different.
Phew, that was quite a story, also to type. But for those who like to see the overview, like me, here’s the whole thing ;-):