Earth Passengers was founded to promote and implement environmental education in Taiwan in 2000. Since 2002, 3 years after one of the co-founders, Peter Morehead completed his PDC with Geoff Lawton, we started working on promoting Permaculture education in Taiwan. Earth Passengers held Taiwan's first PDC in 2008 with Robyn Francis. In 2009 we held our 2nd PDC with Robyn Francis and in 2011 our 3rd PDC with Darren Doherty and Peter Morehead. We are now establishing a small but intensive system on beautiful east coast in Taiwan. Interns and wwoofers are welcomed.
Earth passengers means that…
The name also implies that the Earth is like a vehicle, and true enough, the Earth is the only vehicle that will take us for the ride of our lives from birth to death. There's no getting off and there's no switching to another vehicle – therefore we must learn to take care of this one and ensure that it is in working order for future generations. Most importantly, we believe this vehicle is not just some dead machine: taken as a whole, the biosphere is akin to a living creature and human life is just one part of this creature – therefore we need to foster an attitude of respect and stewardship for all life, and balance the human factor in the entire Earth equation.
So where is this Earthship taking us? Around and around the Sun, our source of energy – the fuel that powers the Earth and all its passengers. Conservative and wise utilization of the Sun's energy is a key principle to our sustained survival. The Earth has provided everything we need to take us and all other passenger species from point A in time to point B in time. What are we doing to make sure that we make it to point B without overworking or destroying the vehicle?
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