Ethics is what you do in the dark when no one’s watching.
– Rushworth Kidder (2003), the founder of the Institute of Global Ethics
Permaculture Ethics form the foundations of the permaculture design system and guide us to make decisions that support us to live an ethical life. So, my goal is to make my actions congruent with the ethics of permaculture.
Permaculture Ethics have usually included three broad maxims.
Husband soil, forests and water.
Look after self, kin and community.
Set limits to consumption and reproduction, and redistribute surplus.
Ethics and Design Principles Poster
A very useful diagram is the Ethics and Design Principles Poster that is a visual summary of David Holmgren’s conceptualisation of permaculture. It includes icons for the three permaculture ethics and also for each of the 12 design principles.
This is generously made available under a creative commons license at www.permacultureprinciples.com
Click on the link to download the PDF. Ethics and Design Principles Poster
This short video from the Oregon State University Ecampus explains the interconnection of the three permaculture ethics concisely and effectively.