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Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple...Bill Mollison

" We don't know what the details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical groups doing that." Dr David Suzuki, biologist, geneticist, broadcaster & international environmental advocate.
“I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us & we treat that life with great humility & respect. I see us as social creatures, & when I began to look back & say, ‘what is the fundamental bottom line for us as social creatures?’...I couldn’t believe it because it seemed so hippy dippy, but it was Love. Love is the force that makes us fully human.”

The Permaculture Activist is a co-evolving quarterly produced by this dedicated handful of entirely part-time folks:

"...the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter."    - Bill Mollison

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Since 1985 we've celebrated the support of our readers, the designers and inhabitants of a regenerative human culture. In North America's leading (& the world's longest-lived) permaculture periodical you'll find information about permaculture design, edible landscaping, bioregionalism, ecovillage design, aquaculture, natural building, earthworks, forestry, soils, agriculture, urban sustainability, renewable energy, regeneration & restoration, and many practical solutions to the challenges of life in an age of energy decline and Peak Everything.

At our website you'll find a table of contents for our back issues, articles from past issues, directories of plant nurseries & seed sources, an extensive catalog of books for redesigning your life, economics, and habitat.

We provide a current listing of upcoming permaculture design courses and a valuable Planetary Permaculture Networking Directory linking students to teachers and information, homeowners to designers and consultants, homeseekers to community, plus hope and help for all who desire a healthy happy planet that is able to care for ALL it's species.

You can help make a difference, have fun, eat well, find new friends, propagate love and justice, help the earth heal, and earn the praise of your descendants.

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We publish 4 magazines per year. The subscription rate is $25 / year or $63 / 3 years (Canada and Mexico rate is $31 / year or $83 / 3 years; overseas rate is $45 / year or $125 / 3 years).

Deadlines for ads and article submissions are March 1, June 1, September 1, & December 1.

Magazines are mailed to subscribers and newsstands about 6 weeks after deadline; i.e. May, August, November, & February.

Our circulation is about 3,600 with an estimated 9-12,000 readers.
Online we have about 300 - 400 visitors a day.

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"This is one of the most important magazines out there. Articles are well written by people actually doing the work rather than just talking and writing about it. I know - I worked as a journalist for 25 years until I decided to stop writing and reporting the bad news and actually get dirt under my finger nails and grow some food - after all, without food we are dead... period! If we have a future it will be because of magazines like this - intelligent, thoughtful, practical and indispensible, if you want a look inside the future."
Andrew Phillips "permaculture teacher" (Hancock, New York)

"The Permaculture Activist is one of the most important periodicals of our time. Our world is in the midst of experiencing one of the greatest shortages of natural resources we have ever seen. It may not be completely apparent to everyone, but it is happening. What does the Permaculture Activist have to do with this, you may ask? Everything. The Permaculture Activist offers in depth articles which cover positive solutions that every one of us can follow to aid our planet in restoring its natural resources as well as preparing for the coming energy shortfalls. Articles range from Organic Gardening, Natural Building, Relocalizing Communities, all the way down to art & traditional knowledge. Anybody that has begun to realize that we are not living in this world the way we should be must pick up this magazine." Review by Sean Jennings (Santa Monica, Ca.)

A new post-industrial, post-imperial world is forming under our feet - a holistic reality to serve as a seed pattern for future generations. This new culture represents the "graduation" of the species to maturity and biological legitimacy; exemplified by miniature rural and urban communities that meet most human needs within their regions.

These models of bioregional self-sufficiency arise from a tide of cultural creation that has been in motion for some fifty years. Its basic pieces have already been road-tested over several decades, even centuries in some regions. Permaculture is one of several models which addresses the increasing destabilization of civilization.

The challenges are enormous, including global warming / cooling, peak oil and energy decline, deforestation, multiple forms of pollution (genetic, endocrine disruptors, heavy metals), desertification, vanishing topsoil , dying and rising oceans, species extinction, and diminishing clean water supplies.

The basic behavior mode of the world system is exponential growth of population and capital followed by collapse.

If all the humans on the earth now were able to see the whole picture at the same time and take action, the situation could be handled over the whole earth even now. But, until this occurs, we will be moving foward and we can be the people who have the ability to demonstrate to others how to survive.

Our job is to help you do just that.

"Permanent agriculture" or "permanent culture," a term coined by Australians David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in the 1970s, describes a design system for creating human settlements that function in harmony with nature. Incorporating traditional knowledge, modern science, and the ecological patterns of the living world, permaculture design is applicable to farms, gardens, organizations, housing developments, towns and villages, or city neighborhoods.

Since 1978, more than 100 thousand individuals on all continents have learned, through ongoing Permaculture Design Course trainings, the principles of energy flow and materials cycling, and the appropriate technologies of self-reliant living: gardening, shelter, water and waste management, aquaculture, forestry, and how to organize supportive local economies.

The aim of this grassroots international movement is to supply information that enables people everywhere to provide for their own & their communities' needs for food, energy, shelter, & a decent life without exploitation or pollution & from the smallest practical area of land.

Cancer's Cure
"The ultimate end to a growth economy is the same as an analagous growth: cancer.
But for national economies, the victims are nature, soils, forests, people, water, and quality of life.
There is one, and only one, solution, and we have almost no time to try it.
We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world,
and train all our young people to help.
They want to.
We need to give them this last chance to create forests, soils, clean waters, clean energies, secure communities,
stable regions, and to know how to do it from hands-on experience"
Bill Mollison

Subscribe toThe Permaculture Activist magazine to learn practical and effective design techniques for Earth and culture repair.

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Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person."
Bill Meyers

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