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Posted by Andrew Paul over 12 years ago
?I am currently working this winter, but keeping my eyes open for how I can be involved. Permaculture aid is an initiative that resonates very well with me as it is solutions based, long-term, and eventually self-perpetuationg. ????
I have a range of interests and developing abilities, all centred on my love for living systems and the communities and cultures that are part of ecosystems and that depend upon them. My passion is to empower communities to care for and conserve their home ecosystems, and thus to leave the world a better place. I am especially drawn to work with indigenous peoples and cultures, both First Nations here in Canada and traditional rural communities elsewhere in the world.
I am currently planning to complete my BA anthropology degree from Athabasca University. Earlier this year, I attended an ethnoecology field school in Kalimantan, Indonesia. This experience further sparked my passion for community-based work in cultural and ecological sustainability.
I feel this is the strength that I could bring to a cross-cultural permaculture project: with my interest and experience in cross-cultural research, I hope to be able to learn from communities I work with, striving to make this interaction a dialogue rather than an "experts teaching the ignorants" kind of project. There is so much ethnoecological knowledge in traditional rural communities -- to ignore this is not only arrogant but also defeats the purpose of the project as ethnoecology is place-specific knowledge. This is why research and design need to go hand in hand.
If you have a permaculture aid project and think there may be the possibility to collaborate on the design, research, and/or physical work on the project, please let me know and we can discuss.
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