[permaculture] 3rd ethic; was: What I hope to achieve from this list ?

Nicollas permactiviste at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 02:27:52 EST 2009

I like the reformulation of the 3rd ethic by the IDEP PmC ressource book,
that is "care for the futur" which inludes people and consumption limit, and
introduces peak oil


2009/12/5 Robyn Francis <erda at nor.com.au>

> Been following the third ethic threads (current and a month or so ago) and
> I
> would like to share my perspective. I like the simplified catch cry of
> Earth
> Care, People Care, Fair Share, and for me "Fair Share" fully embodies all
> the the various versions of the third ethic.
> When I introduce Fair Share I begin with the concept of footprints - we
> live
> on a finite planet of finite resources. Fair Share implies living and
> working within our ecological footprint, this inherently requires
> recognising 'limits to growth and consumption' (both core issues at the
> heart of our global woes: GHG emissions, climate change, resource peaks
> etc). There is also a social obligation here as when we use more than our
> allocated global footprint we're effectively 'stealing' from the capacity
> of
> others to support themselves, in the present and future generations. Fair
> Share + People Care implies social equity.
> When there is a surplus on one place/system then it needs to be distributed
> or cycled in a manner that supports the first 2 ethics otherwise situations
> of environmental and/or social pollution/erosion will result.
> Terminologies like Footprints weren't around when the early pc books,
> including the manual, were written. I would dare to suggest that had this
> terminology existed we would see it mentioned and tied to ethic three.
> World
> population has virtually doubled since the the PDM was written, resource
> consumption and consumerism have both increased exponentially.
> Could say loads more but other urgent matters call, like finishing off my
> summer planting.
> Ciao
> Robyn
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