Little Artshram and friends, invites you to “A Winter Evening for Piano and Permaculture”
Presentation by author, Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition
with musical introduction by pianist and composer, Alaric “Rokko” Jans
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Friends Meeting House
Corner of 5th and Oak St.
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
“How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, but not Civilization.”
Pulitzer-prize winning author Jared Diamond calls it “the worst mistake in the history of the human race.” Founder of permaculture Bill Mollison says it can “destroy whole landscapes.” Are they describing nuclear energy? Suburbia? Coal mining? No. They are talking about agriculture. It’s not just that farming in its current industrial manifestation is destroying topsoil and biodiversity. Agriculture in any form is inherently unsustainable. At its doorstep can also be laid our culture’s split between people and nature, much disease and poor health, and the origins of class inequality and police states.
Those are big claims, and this lecture will explore them, showing that new fuels and high technology are not the way out of the dilemma that agriculture has gotten us into. However, there are ways to live sustainably on the Earth without going back to the Stone Age. Many societies have lived in harmony with other species and yet have developed art, music, philosophy, medicine, and the other hallmarks of a rich culture. What many of them have in common looks a lot like what today is known as permaculture, an ecological design approach based on knowledge gained from nature. Toby’s lecture will show us what makes agriculture, and the industrial society that relies on it, fundamentally unsustainable, and how permaculture offers us a better way.
$10.00 suggested donation
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