Michael Pilarski is a farmer, educator and author who has devoted his life to studying and teaching how people can live sustainably on this Earth. He has extensive experience in organic farming, seed collecting, wildcrafting medicinal herbs, plant propagation, horticulture, teaching, and international networking. Michael has personally worked with over 1,000 species of plants. He founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and has authored many books on forestry, agriculture, agroforestry and ethnobotany. Michael has been involved in the permaculture movement since 1981 as a writer, teacher and networker. He has taught over 20 full Permaculture Design Courses in the USA and abroad
In the early 70’s Michael committed his life to ecology and creating earth friendly system design and was pioneer in the American permaculture design movement. Today Michael is known regionally and nationally as one of the great permaculture designers.
In this talk, he takes the permaculture ideas onto a larger platform in a discussion on bioregional thinking.
The concept of a bio region describes how indigenous peoples lived on the earth – in harmony with their environments that were defined by the natural features of the geography, animal migrations, hunting grounds. WIth the birth of the nation state, these ideas were generally ignored in favor of Geo-political boundaries.
In the 1970’s the ideas and principles of bio-regional thinking were re-kindled in the US. In the Pacific Northwest the movement received a lot of energy and action and Cascadia and Columbiana were born.
Nationally, bio regions are generating new energy and ecological thinking and planning. The management of local ecology,natural resource management and collaborative working groups are emerging.
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