By Nazaret Castro
This was one of the examples offered by the guys from the Ecopráctica association in a meeting organized by Amartya.
They spoke of permaculture, that is, a kind of fusion between new technologies and ancestral knowledge that aspires to take advantage of what it has to give us the planet without depleting its resources.
Reestablishing the natural and circular cycles on which life on earth is based, in which nothing is lost and everything is transformed, and eliminating from our culture that linear thinking, installed in the very center of the capitalist system that pretends to live as if the resources were infinite.
Its founder, David Holmgren, explained that permaculture aims to generate "designed projects that imitate the natural patterns and interrelationships that exist in nature and result in an abundance of food, fiber and energy to supply the needs of people and their habitat ".
That is to say: replace the predatory and wasteful production processes of capitalism with other patterns that are inspired by nature and its sustainable abundance. Procedures are sought that prevent erosion and increase fertility.
The opposite of the latifundista model of export agribusiness, which many times imposes monoculture, so pernicious for the fertility of the land and which leads to erosion. There are resources that can be inexhaustible, but only if their natural cycles are respected.
Water is the basic and vital example for human survival: water comes to us through rain, is absorbed by the earth, ends up emerging again and evaporates to return to the clouds in an eternal cycle ... but that may not be eternal if men break the harmony of this natural cycle and change the flow of rivers - some, as important as the Xingú River, in the Brazilian Amazon, where one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world is built -, or when each more and more surface of the planet is covered with materials such as asphalt that prevent the absorption of water by the earth.
Permaculture proposes that we change our behavior patterns to move towards healthier and more sustainable behaviors that guarantee a dignified life not only for the 7,000 million people who inhabit the planet, but also for the new generations, which, if we do not put it remedy, they will inhabit a land less generous and without room for action.
That is why they tell us that the first thing is to repair the damage that has been done, to prevent that point of no return from being crossed about which ecologists have long warned, and after the repair of the damage caused come the other two opportunities for permaculture : feedback - life in community, formation of new ties and circles of life - and relocation - that everything once again becomes more local and less global. This new way of thinking about the world is intended to inform our daily acts as producers and as consumers.
It is true that individual actions fall short; Collective and political action is necessary to change structural patterns.
But neither is the incidence that our small acts can have less: every time we buy from the small merchant instead of the large distributor; that we privilege the purchase of local products; that we plant a vegetable garden and exchange our lettuce and tomatoes for the honey produced by an acquaintance.
Maybe we don't have a place to work a garden, but we know that there are cooperatives that sell vegetables and take them home.
The wonderful thing about it is that we still have time. And it is our generations that can mark the changes.
Consciences are awakening and perhaps the best is yet to come.