On a recent visit to the Hervey Bay botanical gardens I came across a bush tucker garden with a sign paying respect to the Butchulla people who were the area’s first people. What struck me was how similar the Butchulla people’s 3 laws are to the 3 ethics we see today in permaculture. Many traditional communities had similar laws, protecting the land, people and sharing what they had and it’s these ethics Bill Mollison and David Holmgren used as a guide to create the permaculture ethics.
“Ethics is what you do in the dark when no one’s watching.”
– Rushworth Kidder (2003), the founder of the Institute of Global Ethics
Ethics are the structure behind Permaculture. It is through the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share, Permaculture holds us accountable for our behavior towards the environment and each other.