Author(s): Juliana Birnbaum
Urban gardeners. Native seed-saving collectives. Ecovillage developments. What is the connection between these seemingly disparate groups? The ecological design system of permaculture is the common thread that weaves them into a powerful, potentially revolutionary--or reevolutionary--movement. Permaculture is a philosophy based on common ethics of sustainable cultures throughout history that have designed settlements according to nature's patterns and lived within its bounds. It is taking form as a growing network of sites developed with the intention of regenerating local ecologies and economies. Permaculture strategies can be used by individuals, groups or nations to address basic human needs such as food, water, energy, and housing, and the movement has been building momentum exponentially for the past 40 years. As a species, humans are being called forth to evolve, using our collective intelligence to meet the challenges of the future. Yet if we are to survive our collective planetary crisis, we need to revisit history, integrating successful systems from sustainable cultures. To boldly confront our position on the brink of the earth's carrying capacity and make change that incorporates the wisdom of the past is truly revolutionary. " Sustainable Revolution" features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists such as David Holmgren, Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Starhawk, Erik Assadourian, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Albert Bates, and Geoff Lawton. This beautifully photographed collection of profiles, interviews, and essays features 60 innovative community-based projects in diverse climates across the planet. Edited by anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum Fox and award-winning activist filmmaker Louis Fox, it can be read as an informal ethnography of an international culture that is modeling solutions on the cutting edge of social and environmental change. The research presented in the book frames the permaculture movement as significant ally to marginalized groups, such as the urban poor and native communities resisting the pressures of globalization. Sustainable Revolution uplifts and inspires with its amazing array of dynamic activists and thriving, vibrant communities.
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Trained as a cultural anthropologist and skilled in four languages, JULIANA BIRNBAUM FOX has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Nepal, Costa Rica, and Brazil. In 2005 she founded Voices in Solidarity, an initiative that partnered with Ashaninka indigenous tribal leaders from the Brazilian Amazon to support the development of a community-led environmental educational center. LOUIS FOX is a storyteller, strategist, and filmmaker who, since cofounding Free Range Studios in 1999, has created some of the most successful online "cause-marketing" campaigns of all time. His work for clients like Amnesty International, The Organic Trade Association, Patagonia, and Greenpeace has been featured in "The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post," CNN, FOX News, NPR, "The Colbert Report," and in "Fast Company Magazine," which named him one of the 50 most influential social innovators of 2007. Internationally considered a leader in viral online advocacy campaigns, he has directed over 100 short films; his most successful projects, "The Meatrix" (2003), "Grocery Store Wars" (2005), and "The Story of Stuff" (2007), have been viewed by more than 60 million people and have garnered top honors at dozens of international film and media festivals.