Doing Sustainability Transitions: Agroecology and Permaculture

In this lecture in the “Global Environmental Politics in the 21st Century” lecture series, Dr Benjamin Habib explores two related sustainability transitions methodologies in agroecology and permaculture. The lecture defines agroecology and permaculture as both design systems and social movements within the environmental politics “green rainbow,” then examines some illustrative examples of each. The sustainability transition is the key project of environmental politics in the 21st century. However sustainability transitions require more than just postulating ideal models of environmentally-conscious social organisation, but figuring out ways of shaping a regenerative society from where we are now. Environmental politics of sustainable transitions requires us to move beyond “no”-based protests against environmental degradation to “yes”-based movements advocating for holistic, regenerative and emancipatory modes of social organisation.

This lecture was delivered on Thursday 13th October 2016 at La Trobe University as part of the second year undergraduate subject Global Environmental Politics in the 21st Century.

Organoponico Vivero Alamar, Havana, Cuba [Photo courtesy of Nikki Newbert]

Organoponico Vivero Alamar, Havana, Cuba [Photo courtesy of Nikki Newbert]

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