Bill Mollison, 1928 - 2016

Bryn Thomas writes:

I was fortunate enough to meet Bill Mollison, the co-originator of the of term permaculture, in the early 1990s.

A larger-than-life character, he believed passionately that we need to take responsibility for ourselves and the world around us. He was deliberately provocative, was often humorous, and never shied away from being controversial.

He inspired several generations of people around the world to believe in a new vision of the future and to believe that they could be part of bringing it about through permaculture.

He will be missed but his legacy will live on.

Some Bill Mollison quotes:

"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple."


"We are sufficient to do everything possible to heal this Earth."


"If we lose the forests, we lose our only teachers."


"Stupidity is an attempt to iron out all differences, and not to use them or value them creatively."


"There is one, and only one solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world, and train all our young people to help. They want to; we need to give them this last chance to create forests, soils, clean waters, clean energies, secure communities, stable regions, and to know how to do it from hands-on experience."


"There is no more time-wasting process than that of believing people will act, and then finding that they will not."


"If you let the world roll on the way it's rolling, you're voting for death. I'm not voting for death."

If you haven't watched the 1980s programme "In Grave Danger of Falling Food," it gives a real flavour of Bill's character. (The sound quality does improve after a couple of minutes!)