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In 2014, the UN announced that more than 50 million people were living forcibly displaced from their homes for the first time since the Second World War. In Europe, Australia, the US and elsewhere there is widespread talk of a ‘migration crisis’ with governments panicking and erecting walls, fences and military defences to keep people out.

Anyone who has studied permaculture will have come across David Holmgren’s principle of ‘Use and Value Diversity,’ as well as Bill Mollison’s principle that ‘The problem is the solution’. So in an era of increasing diversity and a perceived ‘problem’ of growing numbers of refugees and asylum seekers, how can the permaculture community respond?

Recently I was asked to give a talk about gardening to a small group of environmentalists, after all of my excuses for not doing so - which were primarily a lack of confidence and not having a projector - were swept away, I decided to buy a projector and knuckle down to the task. As I thought more about the content of the talk, I decided to call it ‘My Sustainable Gardening Journey’. Below is a shortened version of the talk.

Allan Rowell writes here about his discovery of permaculture, enrolling on a Permaculture Design Course, and explains how everyone gardens.

The Permaculture Association are working with Crowdfunder to support Hugh’s war on waste by helping people crowdfund toward their own waste challenges. It's crucial to support the organisations, charities, social enterprises, community groups and individuals who are making a difference on the ground today.

Recently Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from River Cottage produced a programme on the BBC called Hugh’s War on Waste – #wastenot. Hugh is a food writer and campaigner on food and environmental issues, known for his back-to-basics philosophy. He is on a mission to change the way we think about waste, by challenging supermarkets and the fast food industry to drastically reduce the amount of waste they generate. In his documentary Hugh challenges us with, “We are spending more money now to get what we want, when we want it. We’re paying a high price for our infinite choice.“

This exciting innovative tour of sites went to Garden Cottage in the South-East of Scotland, up the East coast, and down the centre. Taking in various permaculture ScotLAND Centres and Learners, and many places of outstanding beauty for which Scotland is famed. We intended to take a minibus-full, but we enough participants for a car-full - which was perfect.

A festival is a funny thing. A celebration, an escape, an alternative, a way of life. Many things rolled up into a musically charged programme of fun, frolics and serious chats. Often in a field. 

What struck me about the Green Gathering was its commitment. Appropriately billed as a 'gathering', and free from the dictates of advertising, the Green Gathering felt like a genuine attempt at saying, "Oi! Another world is possible and look-y right here!".