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REALLY saving energy: Paul Wheaton at TEDxWhitefish

Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, Permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques for which a recent study showed they have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.



5 Comments on "REALLY saving energy: Paul Wheaton at TEDxWhitefish"

  1. HARM on Mon, 28th Apr 2014 7:30 pm 

    “He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques for which a recent study showed they have the ability to feed 21 billion people”

    Gosh, *only* 21 billion? Why not 210 billion, or make it a full Trillion?

    I mean, heck, a cornucopian just told me that every human being on the planet if standing shoulder-to-shoulder could almost fit inside Rhode Island. Plus, there is approx. 5.36 acres of land for every person on the planet. Shoot, there are HUGE swaths of the planet that don’t have one single human being –Antarctica, Sahara desert, Himalayas, etc. And we’re not even talking about the 70% of virtually “empty” space that makes up the world’s oceans and lakes.

    Doesn’t that prove that “overpopulation” is a myth? Plenty of room for the human pestilen– er, population to expand –amiright?

  2. Davy, Hermann, MO on Mon, 28th Apr 2014 8:27 pm 

    I enjoyed this guy. I also checked out his site and will go deeper when I have time. I am a little like this guy in that I am always trying to tweak things to save energy and be more efficient with all aspects of my life. My friends and family think of me as a little too much on the technical side and a little obsessive. The stove he mentioned is used in my girlfriend’s village in the mountains of Northern Italy. Mark Twain spoke about these stoves. It is not new technology. It may have been improved. The light bulb thing I can relate to. I have often told people there is nothing wrong with an incandescent light bulb in the winter or any appliance generating heat. I like his home ideas too. This guy is right about we need thousands of ideas like these to address the critical issues in our lives. These issues folks are related to food, water, shelter, clothing, and environmental comfort. We need non fossil fuel ideas for these critical areas of our lives or low fossil fuel demanding ideas. There are many such ideas that will make a difference with people who are building their lifeboats. We should collect and document these ideas also as tool for the future to hang on to incase the world falls apart and knowledge is lost. There are no silver bullet for mitigation, adaptation, and adjustment to an energy decent. This is especially true because an energy decent means we have less energy and less complexity to solve problems with. This means we need to embrace the simple, low cost, and low tech non fossil fuel approaches. We can also consider fossil fuels in these ways because they are going to be with us for years most likely. Yet, the real innovations are the old innovations. We have to go back in time not only with knowledge, technology, but lifestyles and attitudes. I do not believe there will be a top down effort even if we have a crisis. We are probably too far gone with the majority, top down, and macro picture but we can do some good at the bottom, the end user, and small communities/tribes/families. Will this make a difference, yes, if you are the one in question? This is a personal affair. Make a difference for you and those close to you. Forget about changing the world.

  3. J-Gav on Tue, 29th Apr 2014 3:21 am 

    I’ve read and seen a lot about Permaculture but wasn’t familiar with what Wheaton is doing. Good stuff!

  4. meld on Tue, 29th Apr 2014 7:23 am 

    I don’t trust fat people.

  5. J-Gav on Tue, 29th Apr 2014 5:06 pm 

    Watch it Meld (my wife is not in the ‘skinny’ category). I don’t believe lucidity and effective action are a question of morphology, though there are no doubt limits which could be inhibiting – at either extreme.

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