[permaculture] right livelihood advice request

fdnokes at hotmail.com fdnokes at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 20 15:54:18 EST 2010

Maybe you could be like a 'mole' and tip off your environmentalist friends 
of what's going on...
Also, a good place to spread the word of how all things are connected.
If you're going to communicate with anyone to make a difference, these might 
be the folks.
After you get sick of it, you could quit.
Meantime, you have funds for your projects?

Not sure if any of this makes sense or is 'on target'.


From: "Tripp Tibbetts" <slowfoodguy at yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:05 PM
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [permaculture] right livelihood advice request

> I'm torn.  I was just offered a job doing environmental impact assessments 
> for some developers.  And I'm looking for some permacultural advice.
> On the one hand, I could use a job, and it would be in the business of 
> protecting natural resources...to the extent the law allows.
> On the other, my paycheck would rely on natural resources getting messed 
> up in the name of "progress" on a steady basis.
> I realize that this will be done whether I'm involved or not, and it would 
> probably be better to have someone who actually cares about the planet 
> doing the reviewing, BUT...
> I just have this gut feeling that it will be a lot like my job as a 
> regulatory scientist in Florida, watching 1000s of acres of uplands get 
> mowed down, leaving a few now-isolated swamps "intact" with a 25' upland 
> buffer.  I couldn't do it.  18 months of it was more than I could take.
> And that was before I discovered permaculture.
> How can one live a permacultural existence and simultaneouly sign off on 
> the destruction of a walnut and hackberry ecosystem while sparing a Typha 
> and Salix marsh, just because it fits the regulating authority's current 
> value system?
> I'd love to hear some thoughts.
> Thanks,
> Tripp
> The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.
> -Chinese proverb
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