What do punk, permaculture, and anarchy have to do with the 21st Century?
A Peace of the Anarchy produced by lovearchy.org is a quick summary of 20th century radical activism in the USA featuring prominent antiwar hero Kathy Kelly and permaculture eco activist Star Hawk. Has notable focus on the pacifist christian anarchist Ammon Hennacy. Folks from the War Resisters League, the IWW, Earth First! and the Catholic Worker, along with Mr. Hennacy exemplify the marginalized prophetic witness for peace and justice in the USA as they attempt to appeal to the dominant culture. These people speak on the benefits of anarchy and peace, following the radical (rooted/basically grounded) ideology and optimism that goodness will overcome evil, love is superior to hate and truth trumps falsehood.”
So what does punk rock and permaculture have in common?
First of all, both movements speak strongly about community and autonomy. Punk popularized the DIY ethic now becoming DIO (Do it ourselves) which means even more attention is being paid to community sufficiency. Self governance has been essential to punk since it’s inception. Punk activism has long placed emphasis on non hierarchal structure advocating for anarchistic (without rulers) governance, and systems based on consent, and full participation which are also essential to any permaculture operation.
Secondly, both movements have spoken up joyfully and loudly for the earth. Whether it vegan folk punk bands singing about treesits or earth activists creating temporary sustainable community at climate camps as training grounds. Permie punks are a organizing force to be reckoned with.
Finally, embracing diversity is key to both movements. As I always like to remember “unity through intergration, intergration through diversity”!
Permie punks unite!
Recently, my roomate just left Olympia for the Earth Activist Training permaculture course and so I though I would highlight what this inspiring course is about.