Bryn Thomas, Brighton Permaculture Trust Director shares his thoughts
Some people may think that Brighton Permaculture Trust is doing its bit. We’ve been busy since the year 2000, but during that time the global situation has got a lot worse for the climate, biodiversity and soils. Direction of travel may have changed slightly, the mood music may sound good, but we need a rapid and real change now.
It is true that Brighton Permaculture Trust has been lots of great work, for which we rightly feel proud, including…
- Running 30 courses each year in permaculture design and relevant technologies. The application of these ideas should lead to reduced carbon emissions and better preparedness for the dramatic changes we are beginning to experience in the climate; not to mention a host of other integrated benefits.
- We have planted over 7,500 trees: we plant orchards that provide local food; we have planted over 7,500 trees; we manage land that sequestrates carbon.
- Our Fruit Factory (built from straw bales) now produces fruit juice and cider from fruit that would otherwise go to waste.
… but personally I am not feeling smug or complacent. The changes we need to make right now are monumental, let’s get on with it!
A few small things you can do:
Check out the Permaculture Association’s 52 Climate Actions
Volunteer for us to plant trees this winter, care for orchards and make local food.
Or donate to our orchard planting.