In the race to create a more sustainable world, we discover that it’s the little things that add up to meaningful transformation. The last four principles concern a sustainable, whole-systems approach to true transformation, rooted in slowness, diversity, and creativity.
“The only thing that is constant is change.” ~ Heraclitus
Change is the only thing you can reliably depend on, so it’s important to be prepared and open to change as it happens. Observe the change that’s happening, and be creative in your response to change. Don’t judge the change, but rather seek the innovative potential that lies within change, and allow it to serve you for the highest good. This principle easily applies to our personal lives and institutional structures.
The twelve permaculture principles are an incredibly practical set of guidelines that help direct our perspective in ecological design and beyond, being applicable to invisible structures such as personal growth and social organization. When we ground our designs in every area in the principles of nature and ecology, we can build a truly sustainable, regenerative world.