Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Can Permaculture solve the Middle East Crises?

An idea worth trying out. Sharing a mailer I got...
Edit : Here's a video I found which, in a slapstick way, give a nice background to the article..
http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/this_land_is_mine/

Most people would consider permaculture and the current political
problems in the Middle East to be entirely different subjects.
In today's email, we will see why they are not. This topic covers
Lecture 3 in the Permaculture FundamentalsSection.

Conflicts and political strife have plagued the Middle East since the
end of WWI, and well before then it was the battlefield of countless
empires and kingdoms.

Conflicts and political turmoil occur for many reasons, but one of the
main causes for it throughout history has been desperation.
If people struggle to meet their basic needs, they then take from others
using force. Animosities develop and are maintained, and the loop continues.

When Masanobu Fukuoka first started traveling outside of Japan,
one of the first things he noticed was the extreme lack of trees
throughout many parts of the world. Experts have suggested that the
Sahara Desert used to be a fertile plain. The area encompassing
modern-day Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and parts of Syria used to be the
principal source of wood for ancient civilizations' ships.

What happened? The simple answer is desertification, which
is the process of forests becoming grasslands, and
grasslands then becoming deserts
.

How is all of this tied to permaculture and conflict in the Middle East?
Fukuoka had a simple, yet visionary solution for both desertification and
the constant crises plaguing the Middle East. By turning the deserts
back into forests and fertile farmland, the people of this region would
have enough resources to prosper on their own. A prosperous people are
a happy people, and the conflicts of desperation would end.

How was he planning on achieving this?
Tune in to Lecture 3 to find out!
Thank you for doing your part for a better future,
- Vladislav
Vladislav Davidzon, Founder and CEO
Regenerative Leadership Institute 

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