This lecture series contains a sample presentations from the 2016 iteration of the second-year undergraduate subject Global Environmental Politics of the 21st Century (POL2GEP) at La Trobe University, coordinated by Dr […]
In this final lecture in the “Global Environmental Politics in the 21st Century” series, Dr Benjamin Habib explores possibilities for a regenerative environmental politics based on the archetype of the […]
Cultivating a holistic environmental politics and regenerative sustainability practice is one of the great challenges of our time. Part of this cultivation prompts us to network with leaders in the practice of sustainability transitions and learn from on-the-ground projects that are doing this work. One of these projects is the Herb Whisperer farm, an hour north of Beijing in China, run by the “Herb Whisperer” himself, Thomas Avery Garran.
“It is hubris to declare that humans are the central figures of life on Earth and that we are in control. In the long run, Nature is in control.” Charlene […]
Over the weekend Australia lost one of its great pioneers in sustainable development with the passing of Bill Mollison, co-creator of permaculture with David Holmgren. Author, educator, academic, researcher and […]
“It seems ironic that, no matter how fleeting or for how long—inquiry starts with stopping in order to observe what is going on, to notice something that is happening, to […]
In Northeast Asia, it is possible to find urban green spaces that reflect a variety of different ideological and cultural codings, reflecting the prevailing social forces of the historical epochs in which each green space was built.
Permaculture design principles can by applied to the design of social and economic systems, and suggest that we can design for creative responses to food sovereignty, money and debt, energy dependency, property rights and ownership, and alienation from economic production systems.
The Permaculture’s Next Big Step project was formed to facilitate a global consultation on what we need, how we can work together, and what we can achieve. This project has brought together some of the most thoughtful permaculture thinkers from around the world to explore potential pathways for further international coordination across the permaculture movement.
From 13th-24th July, I and Ben Walta from CERES Global led the Environment and Sustainability in China Study Tour to Shanghai and Beijing. This study tour was the first in […]
The Environment and Sustainability in China Study Tour 2015 is an ongoing collaborative venture between the La Trobe University Department of Politics and Philosophy, CERES Global, and La Trobe Asia, […]
In my third and final piece on urban green spaces in Seoul, I would like to talk further about my new favourite place in the city: Seoul Forest. Reclaimed from […]
There are some magical green spaces across the metropolitan area of Seoul. These shoots of green temper the brutality of concrete and steel in the city’s urban environment. While the […]
The realities of our historic moment present a window of opportunity to lay the foundation for a new set of social and ecological relations rooted not just in sustainability, but in regeneration.
Ben Habib led a participatory workshop at the 12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence (9-12 March 2015) to solicit responses from participants on the Permaculture’s Next Big Step project. The workshop explored […]
This piece is a preamble to my participation in the Reasons for Optimism and Hope for a Sustainable Future – Public Forum in Penguin, Tasmania, hosted by the RESEED Centre […]
International cooperation is an ongoing process which tends to develop over three main phases: setting the agenda, negotiating an agreement, and strengthening cooperation. PNBS is proceeding in just this manner. The take-home messages from comparisons with other international agreements are the need for patience, negotiation and practical compromise.
The permaculture movement appears to have reached a crossroads. As a holistic design system based on systems thinking, ecological principles and energy literacy, permaculture has the potential to have a […]