Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Opalyn Brenger says:

    Hey Bret, at 1:05 you say, “five major issues…” and then list four. Later in the video you talk about deforestation and extinction without connecting these two items back to initial major issue list. I’ve looked at the cliff notes and that helped clarify. I encourage you to update the video because the current one is confusing.

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  • Amanda Duque says:

    I love the information given. Any chance you could add sources? I’m a fact checker and read a lot of studies, and material. I know what you’re saying is true, however, I think it would be good for future students to have access to research and sites for information given.

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    • Bret James says:

      Amanda, I WISH I would have noted sources when I wrote all of this but didn’t. In fact I recently went back to find some of the sources to do exactly that but struggled to – so I have it on my list for v2.0 of the course to be able to provide that resource! Agreed that you shouldn’t take my word for it and ensure the information presented is accurate as possible!

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  • Holly Purdy says:

    I’m having some problem downloading these sections to my computer. I click on the icon to download under the video and to the right and it opens up the video and starts playing. Any feedback on now to fix this? Thanks. 😉

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    • Ashley Moffat says:

      Right-click the video that opens up and plays and then click “save video as”.

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    • Adreena Carr says:

      Click the Download video button. It will take you to a secondary page where you can right click and ‘save as’ the video to yor computer 🙂

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  • Alexandra Pfeiffer says:

    Great summary of such a complex topic!

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  • JENNY OLSON says:

    This was a great lesson!

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  • Great lesson! Thanks! I would maybe add the need to collaborate between fellow human beings. The industrial society promoted the individual to sell to each one of us things and services (a fridge, a car, etc). I think Permaculture should also allow more solidarity and collaboration between humans. We are so many on earth that we need to work together and share more ‘things’ as land, techniques, knowledge, etc.

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  • matteo pizzato says:

    we are so greatful to learn all about this. for the last year or more my wife and I have been following learning and teaching about climate change impact and promoting * on theory, holistic and more conscious ways of living.
    and now, thank God we have been presented with the tool of permaculture…which isthe PRACTICAL REAL way to make a change and give a chance to our two children of learning and growing ecologically healthy as ever and aware of Nature s greatness. thanks

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  • Michelle Lewis says:

    You mentioned 5 major issues to be aware of but then when you listed them there’s only 4 (climate change, water scarcity, soil loss, ecosystem degradation). Did one get left out or did you mean to say 4?

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    • Hunter Miller says:

      noticed this as well, would like to know as well…

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    • Terra Chatham says:

      The cliff notes at the very beginning of the Permaculture Literacy are so helpful! The list soil degradation, water scarcity, Deforestation, and mass extinction along with climate change).

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  • Amy Payne says:

    I need this lesson on paper. it’s a lot to absorb by just listening and it’s really important. Do you have a slide deck or something you can share?

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    • Bret James says:

      Hi Amy! At the beginning of most modules, there is a lesson with cliffs notes (e.g. 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 etc). These are quick notes and slides from the lessons that you can download in PDF format. Additionally, as the course goes on, we began using a A LOT more slides / visuals in the videos to help support the material. Feel free to pause the videos and take screen shots from them as well!

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      • Amy Payne says:

        I didn’t see one for 1.0…..I will go back and look again. I will also save that particular video and watch it a few more times. it’s dense with interesting and important info outside my normal realm of knowledge!

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  • Katie Kennington says:

    WOW, that video about the CO2 is so scary! I am happy to do anything I can in my sphere of influence to help in this area.

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  • Kevin Kendrick says:

    The purpose and interest in Permaculture for me is having an abundant self sufficient organic food supply, closed loop system, the joy of working with nature, learning new gardening techniques, helping restore soil and of course many more reasons. We need to bring balance and integrity back to the earth by appreciating our home which we are all connected. Currently and historically man has damaged ecosystems around the World and there needs to be profound awareness focused on that. This being said, I do not feel we are at a global extinction phase and my focus is not motivated by fear of extinction although I accept and appreciate why some may feel this way!

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  • Lawrence Bermann says:

    I think this is a good base so far. I have to think back to before I began studying the various areas I have been interested in prior to this course. Much of it so far is a nice review and seems like it is becoming common knowledge through the new and various other outlets. Still good information.

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  • Lawrence Bermann says:

    As a base knowledge these are good. I have to think back to before I began studying prior to this course. I think most of the information so far is becoming common knowledge. It is good to revisit and take a second look.

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  • Oakley Biesanz says:

    Thank you for this useful info, especially the computer image of CO2. This really helps bring it home that creating even more photosynthesis opportunities and other carbon sequestering techniques like mulching and not tilling on our sites can help this specific problem of too much CO2 (and other greenhouse gasses.) We can be part of the solution! Love it.

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    • Bret James says:

      Very much so! That is why I also prefer to chop and drop or mulch versus doing burn piles (keeps more CO2 in the ground). The ocean is actually a bigger carbon sink than the forests, more on that soon…

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  • Martha Troutman says:

    It proves powerful how our own yard can make a difference– by adding to the land’s reservoir for carbon de-sequestration. Trees pull out the most; then shrubs, perennials, grasses…
    Also, it is very interesting (almost scary) to have satellite monitoring of (the sources for) CO2, and to see where that could take us.
    Thanks, Bret James, for the lesson! – The Troutmans

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  • susan tupper says:

    very pertinent to the reasons many of us here are embracing permaculture…where I grew up in the South Pacific, climate change was a very huge concern because the islands are feeling the effects acutely, particularly with rising sea levels and storms that just devastate the already little land masses…what really got me, was coming to California and finding organic versus non-organic (or as I like to call ‘poisoned’ foods). I thought all fresh food was organic but oh no…the travesty is that one has to pay three times as much to get non-poisoned foods and even then, these organic labels are not to be trusted! There came a point I could not bear to shop for groceries anymore cos my stomach would churn..meats colored etc…just awful!

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  • Kimberley Kinsey says:

    This lesson I find not very useful to me. Too much evolution. I agree that the earth is being abused, we definitely need to look after it and help nature restore itself.

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  • Xochitl Coronado says:

    Permaculture is definitely a solution to rising temperatures. its interesting to see how the pollutants travel across the globe. its a guide of where the permaculture movement needs to be.

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    • Bret James says:

      Valuable observation Xochitl! And also that pollution effects EVERYONE even if there isn’t a brown cloud overhead. Chances are there are micro plastics in my well water…

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  • Dorota Glab says:

    This is an incredible computer model!

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  • Kimberly Groome says:

    The supplemental material is a nice add on to the lessons, Im learning so much already

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    • Bret James says:

      There is so much to learn in permaculture that most any of these lessons or modules could be a course in their own! The intent of a PDC is to show and teach what is possible and let you pick the specific areas that you want to study and master in depth!

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