Saint Petersburg, FL
The permaculture ethics are very simple and reflect uncommon sense (hopefully they become common sense real soon). This information is from "Pemaculture-A Designers Manual by Bill Mollison Chapters 1 and 2.
The Prime Directive of Permaculture: The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.
Principle of Cooperation: Cooperation, not competition, is the very basis of future survival and of existing life systems.
Ethical Basis of Permaculture:
1. Care of the Earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and increase.
2. Care of people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
3. Setting limits to population and consumption: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.
What powerful statements!
It reminds me of an other book I read, where the author suggests to help take care of the planet:
"Care of the planet begin's in one's own front yard.
It extends through the area one travels to get to school or work.
It covers such places where one picnics or goes on vacation.[...]
"There are many things one can do to help take care of the planet.
They begin with the idea that one should.
They progress with suggesting to others they should. [...]
It is after all, what we are standing on."
From "The Way To Happiness".
So, thank you for sharing the permaculture ethics!
It is such a pretty planet :-)