STATISTICS to CONSIDER
We are approaching a time in history where 70%-80% of the world’s population is living (or will soon be living) in urban and urban perimeter/suburban areas. A large percentage of these people (both children and adults) do not have access to clean, healthy food and meaningful work that provides for financial stability. And to make matters worse, a growing number of children and adults are homeless, hungry and in poor health through no fault of their own. This is occurring in even wealthy countries such as the United States. It’s inhumane and must be set on an immediate course correction. By merging permaculture and worker-owned small business cooperatives, we can remedy all of the aforementioned problems while simultaneously benefiting the environment.
What is a Worker-Owned Cooperative?
In short, workers in a worker-owned cooperative keep the surpluses of their work instead of those surpluses going to the owner/shareholders of the business they are producing for. This can significantly increase a worker’s financial reality and quality of life and it also typically benefits the broader communities that worker-cooperatives are located within.
"Worker cooperatives are values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose. In contrast to traditional companies, worker members at worker cooperatives participate in the profits, oversight, and often management of the enterprise using democratic practices. The model has proven to be an effective tool for creating and maintaining sustainable, dignified jobs; generating wealth; improving the quality of life of workers; and promoting community and local economic development, particularly for people who lack access to business ownership or sustainable work options." - US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
(Image from the Permaculture Research Institute)
Permaculture is the largest eco-system restoration movement in the world with the largest number of practitioners utilizing clean, nutrient dense food-production and much more to build community resiliency. We meet the needs of humanity while simultaneously helping the environment.
More formally, permaculture refers to 'permanent agriculture' and 'permanent culture'. It is a multidisciplinary ethical design science based on the ethics of earth care, people care and future care (return of surplus to the first two ethics) that assembles various components such as clean, nutrient dense food production, natural building, water retention and mgmt, ecological waste and energy systems and much more to meet the needs of humanity. We design with nature rather than against nature (as most production systems currently do). Permaculture design results in no-waste, closed-looped healthy living systems and economic security for individuals, families, communities, villages, cities, counties, states and countries around the world.
With your participation, we can increase physical and mental health and economic stability, end food insecurity and homelessness, reduce recidivism, eliminate waste and toxins in the environment, mitigate drought and deliver proven on-the-ground solutions to the negative impacts of climate change and the destruction of earth's living systems, more quickly than many realize.
A Few Before & After Photos of What's Possible....Permaculture Restoration Around the World:
(Copyright: Brad Lancaster - Arizona, USA)
(Loess Plateau, China - Copyright: John D. Liu)
(Copyright: Eric Toensmeier - Massachusetts, USA)
No one has to go hungry. No one has to be homeless. Pollution doesn't have to be the norm. Everyone can have financial stability. Everyone can have time to pursue their passions and be truly happy. It's really that simple. Get Involved with Bioregional GreenWorks Today!