Permaculture is an environmental movement that makes us re-evaluate what it means to be sustainable. Through innovative agriculture and settlement design, the movement creates new communities that are harmonious with nature. It has grown from humble origins on a farm in 1970s Australia and flourished into a worldwide movement that confronts industrial capitalism.
The Politics of Permaculture is one of the first books to unpack the theory and practice of this social movement that looks to challenge the status quo. Drawing upon the rich seam of publications and online communities from the movement as well as extensive interviews with permaculture practitioners and organisations from around the world, Leahy explains the ways permaculture is understood and practiced in different contexts.
In the face of extreme environmental degradation and catastrophic climate change, we urgently need a new way of living.
‘Some declare that permaculture is the biggest and fastest moving people’s movement in the world. Terry Leahy gives us what is possibly the first permaculture book to examine thoroughly permaculture from a sociological point of view and its potential to undermine the systems driving Earth to degradation and immoral social inequity’
– Rosemary Morrow, founder of the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute and author of ‘Permaculture Teaching Matters’ (Permanent Publications, 2010
Published July 2021
Paperback, 256 pages.
About the Author
Terry Leahy has been involved in the permaculture movement since its founding in 1978. He has lectured in universities since 1973 and retired at the end of 2016. His recent book, Food Security for Rural Africa: Feeding the Farmers First (Routledge, 2018), outlines a permaculture strategy for Africa and shows how projects can be designed to make this work in practice.