A Christians point of view on Permaculture, by Aleena La'ulu
There is not much hope in this world, in fact, when you look at the degradation of earth and its inhabitants there is not much hope at all. Global warming, climate change, genetic engineering, millions upon millions of acres of farm land no longer useable due to chemical agriculture, rain forest depletion, hole in the ozone layer, oil running out, water and air pollution, billions of tonnes of rubbish being dumped in our landfills, toxic waste, species extinction, wars, greed, prejudice etc etc etc, as a mother, I want to slap the whole damned lot of you.
With the amazing good knowledge and technologies we have now and are currently developing there is a way, there is hope, what is more important, that extra house in Hawaii for you vacations or maintaining your basic needs for existence.
Permaculture represents for me (as a Christian) a way of living in a way that honours God and all that God created and gave to us. When you are given a precious gift such as an expensive ring you treasure it, you look after it, you freak out if you can’t find it, you get upset if it gets damaged. Maybe I am one of the luckiest to live where I live – there is beach, cliffs, caves, forest, so much beauty. As a New Zealander I have everything close at hand. NZ to me represents that precious ring – O.K. now I am sounding like I have watched “Lord of the Rings” trilogy far too much, but any way. The very beginnings and base of Permaculture started by observation, observation of nature and its amazing ability to work together to take care of all its basic needs. For a Christian the base of Permaculture has its foundation on what God already created. Understanding and getting to know everything about nature and all its plant life and ways is only just beginning. We have lost so much to extinction and are still losing this diversity without even knowing its reason or uses. I don’t believe God made things for the heck of it, I don’t think he said to himself – well – I will make a worm because it is a funny, cute looking thing children will love to pull out of the soil and look at. Any body who knows anything about worms and worm farming can tell you of the amazing benefits in the garden and recycling the worm has. What some of you may not know is the trial done here in New Zealand at a city council by dipping plant cuttings into worm liquid fertilizer before planting and had a 100% strike rate!
Permaculture is about being fair to the next generation, our children, our grand children. Are we all so worried about making money to get them the latest toys and brand clothes that we have forgotten they need clean air, water, soil and food first and foremost. There is hope, there is a way, but not without your help and prayers.
I would like to leave you with this scripture among the many that gives me hope.
I will make rivers flow among barren hills and springs of water run in the valley. I will turn the desert into pools of water and the dry land into flowing springs. I will make cedars grow in the desert, and acacias and myrtles and olive trees. Forests will grow in barren land, forests of pine and juniper and cypress.
Further readings I like
Psalms 89:11, 34-37
1 John 3:19-24
1 John 4:7-21
Entered by Aleena La'ulu