On Ethics: People Care

Yes, it’s a Denver Permaculture Blog! 


On first thought it’s hard to see the need for yet another blog in the world. But I find myself craving some long-form writings about the way Denver is being transformed by the spread of permaculture knowledge and how far yet we have to go. So, after much thought, observation and data gathering, we’re launching this experimental blog, with hopes that many members and friends will read, discuss and take a turn at the keyboard to contribute a chapter. 


We thought we’d begin with examining how the three permaculture ethics are working in the Denver area. The trinity of permaculture, the ethics are Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. I’d like to begin with the concept of People Care, because it’s here that Denver is starting to shine with many examples of People Care in action. 


EarthLinks teaches job skills for people who are homeless and low-income to create Earth-friendly products. The founders noticed that people experiencing homelessness are often isolated from others and alienated from the natural world, and connection to others and nature is healing. A craft and gardening program started at day shelters for homeless adults in Denver and day trips into Nature broke the cycle of boredom and chaos in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, and to form community among those on the street. 


A community has been created around climate grief, sponsored by Denver Permaculture Guild. Disturbance: finding resilience in climate grief brought together people profoundly shaken by the rapidity and breadth of climate change. We have formed a community of practice that is sustaining and supporting each other. 


Denver is one of the first communities in the U.S. to offer a comprehensive class in Social Permaculture. This study offers a unique opportunity for people to learn and apply permacultural principles to communities and societal groups. This is our third year of the six-month class, which is now titled: Zone In: Social Permaculture for Regenerative Change. At first, I wasn’t convinced about the need for a social permaculture class, but when I completed the first weekend, I thought to myself “this is the future of permaculture!” If you’re curious about it, check out our course


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