What is a Green Warrior?

A Permaculture Green Warrior’s role includes the following activities

To consult, design and construct ecologically and economically sustainable systems in all areas of human activity.

To assist individuals, farms, communities, companies, organizations and nations to modify their activities to be constructive rather than destructive to the environment.

To design and implement food production systems maximizing quality of life while minimizing damaging impact on natural systems.

To promote permaculture ethics (see below).

To educate and assist communities to repair and maintain their ecosystems.

To assist people to become self-sufficient and self-determined.

To be proficient in the role of Permaculture Green Warrior a person must adhere to a set of ethics and principles. These act as a guide to keep our activities in harmony with our role.

To qualify as a Permaculture Green Warrior the above actions must be demonstrated in an actual project that has an effect on the earths surface, not some theoretical armchair warrior twaddle!

Permaculture Ethics

Care For the Earth and all life thereon.

Care for the People.

Distribute surplus wisely.

Place limits on consumption and population.

Principals for ecological and economically sustainable design:

Co-operation not competition.

Elements in a design must be multi-functional. (A mulberry tree produces; fruit, silkworms, animal fodder, fast growth for shade and for erosion control.)

Each function is supported by many elements

Catch and store energy.

Obtain a yield. (Get something back for your effort.)

No waste. (Pollution is just an unused resource.)

Use energy efficient systems.

Use integrated rather than segregated systems. (Use the chicken manure to feed the worms which feed the fish….)

Use small-scale systems. (Large projects are a collection of smaller manageable projects.)

Use diversity. (Polyculture gives greater security than monoculture.)

Use edges and margins. (Every fence is a trellis…)

Maximize production and minimize energy and maintenance inputs. (Where is the best place for this element in my system?)

Make things pay.

Use succession and evolution for living systems. (What can I produce now while my systems are growing?)

Work smart not hard.

Work with nature not against it. (Don’t change the land to suit the crop, change the crop to suit the land.)

Use natural patterns. (Planting on contour minimizes erosion and pest control, maximises water catchment & retention.)

Quality is economy. (A well-made tool outlasts many cheaper models.)

Demonstration is authority. (Working models are the best teachers.)

Use elements in a system for the highest purpose. (Don’t use the drinking water to flush your toilet.)

Build only what you can maintain, maintain what you build.

Personal responsibility (It’s everybody’s responsibility to care for our earth)

Effective Trainers

The ecological problems on our planet grow daily at an exponential rate. These problems include pollution, deforestation, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, loss of wildlife habitat, famine pestilence, ect. A permaculture field trainer must create projects that have a positive exponential effect that eventually overcome our current problems.

No Armchair Warriors


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