I have considered the Permaculture ethics to run my business and life by. These are simple yet deep and ensure embedded sustainability.
Earth Care, caring for the Earth is of prime importance to me. It is about protecting our natural resources, including habitats and bio-diversity, doing all we can for the life of all beings; preventing pollution and consuming less of the unnecessary and unsustainable.
In practice I plan my travel to keep it to a minimum, (I ran my efficient, older car on waste veg oil for a couple of years, then had to go back to diesel as my next car wasn’t convertible); I don’t fly for pleasure and have only flown to places to teach if there was nobody locally available; I minimise energy use by leaving things off unless I need them on, buy only what I need and choose natural materials where possible, minimise my use of resources in printing etc and often buy pre-used goods.
In my work I advise on reducing the environmental impact of business clients and teach individuals to reduce their impact.
I support the Permaculture Climate Change Statement adopted by the General Assembly of the International Permaculture Convergence, London, 2015
People Care “If people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper.” David Holmgren
I am increasingly interested in providing tools for personal development and healing, so people can address their personal barriers to action for the environment.
In working practice this includes working on my own personal barriers to action. working in co-operation where I can, in mutually beneficial relationships, enabling others to find their personal power and responsibility in training, I focus on solutions.
In my work I incorporate my people care skills where possible. I am continually deepening my facilitation skills for life on Earth. I am strengthening my connection practices for myself and to share with others.
I am building up a network of like-minded businesses to work in association with.
I will not do work for certain sectors including the weapons industry or airports.
Fair shares refers to having what we need and sharing what we don’t, whilst recognising that there are limits to how much we can give and how much we can take.
What that means in practice is that I try to simplify life rather than add more complexity and stuff. I always ask myself before buying anything: do I really need this?
Income from consultancy work supports the unpaid work I do and part-finances trainings that may not lead to an income yet benefit the healing of this planet.
I offer some of my work in the spirit of the gift economy: giving myself freely, whilst asking participants to pay what they feel the worth is of what they receive.
I sometimes work for an exchange.
I regularly donate to projects that I feel are worthwhile and need support. This includes the Pachamama Alliance, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Practical Action.