Jasmine teaches and practices permaculture in West Wales. She is deeply inspired by the intelligence and enthusiasm of plants and ecosystems to thrive in relationship with human care and attention. Her practical workbook, the Permaculture Design Companion is available from www.beingsomewhere.net and shop.permaculture.co.uk.
By Jasmine Dale, Permaculture Association
Hear the language of the emergency? Is it to galvanise progressive change or engender fear? I’ve been in a few emergencies. I’ve even been in a house on fire. Clear thinking and quick strategic action were required. Fear and panic are highly contagious and are not helpful in an emergency. I’m noticing even committed permies around me are doubting whether our methods and principles are enough to avert catastrophe.