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Paperback – 224 pages
8.5 Inches × 8.5 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 1.04 lb
BISAC: SELF-HELP / Green Lifestyle
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865719316
Pub. Date: 2020-06-23

About the Authors

Bernard Alonso

Bernard Alonso has been a permaculture practitioner since 1993, and he is the co-founder of the Collaborative International University of Transition (UCIT). Increasingly in demand as a facilitator, speaker, coach/project designer, Alonso makes himself available around the world to promote the application of his effective human permaculture tools. His reputation as a coach attracts businesses, associations, schools, and groups in search of change who wish to make sense of their actions to rebuild or build their own life design. He currently resides in Quebec, Canada. www.permacultureinternationale.org

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Cécile Guiochon

Cécile Guiochon is a French journalist and works on topics related to the ecological transition. Holder of a Permaculture Design Certificate, she co-created in Brittany, France, the association E-Kêr, Where We Live – in the Breton language, which is raising awareness on climate issues. She is co-founder of the company KerWatt, which develops citizen renewable energy projects in Brittany, France. www.e-ker.org

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Human Permaculture

Principles for Ecological and Social Life Design

by Bernard Alonso & Cécile Guiochon



As climate change, ecological decline, and social breakdown start to bite, people expect that governments will solve our problems. Yet this belief has proven to be false. Rather than looking to others, changes must come from the inside out: transforming the "I" to "we," changing the world by changing ourselves, and re-establishing our deep connection to nature.

Human Permaculture is a powerful, forward-thinking guide that uses permaculture principles of ecological design rooted in people care, Earth care, and fair share for redesigning your life and community to align with the resources available on the planet.

Richly illustrated and inspiring, Human Permaculture offers specific actions and tools for adopting an ethical, regenerative way of life. Coverage includes:

  • Human permaculture principles
  • A nine-step ecological and social life design process
  • Discovering your personal niche
  • Stimulating the permaculture "edge effect" to work with others in efficient teams
  • Rediscovering our deep connections to water, soil, forests, and caring for nature.

This guide is for everyone who wants to find their own meaning in life, put their talents at the service of the environment, live ethically, and navigate the great transition we face in a future of climate change and energy decline.