This is my, albeit rather delayed, tribute to the life and work of Bill Mollison, co-founder of the Permaculture concept, a pioneer in the modern environmental movement. The Ultimate Revolutionary
“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”
If I am honest, I am relatively new to his work. This is simply because I only started looking into the concept of Permculture over the last few years years, and if you don’t know about permaculture then the likelihood is that you have never heard of Bill. But considering Bill’s position in the modern environmental movement, this is pretty crazy.
Despite having the reputation of being a ‘revolutionary’, he was a lover and not a fighter. He advocated a need for peaceful ‘warriors’ in order to challenge the global issues that we face today. This peace seemed to be integral to everything he did and resonated through his work and the people he worked with.
He was highly intelligent, in a very down-to-earth way (excuse the pun?), and developed many of the techniques and approaches used by ecological growers all over the world today. But perhaps evens more profound than this was simply the relationship to nature that he encouraged in people- envisioning solutions that harnessed and worked with natural processes rather than against them.
His legacy will live on. In his thousands of students; past, present and future, who will continue to work together to bring the concept of permaculture forward and into the lives of even more people. This will only multiply as we, as a species, become more aware of the urgency there is to work together on environmental solutions, and realise our responsibility for our own survival lies in the protection and conservation of our own environment.