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adaptation vs mitigation?

 
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Thomas Henfrey,
I don't have you book, so this might be a dumb question, but I was curious why you chose climate adaptation rather than climate mitigation as the title and presumably focus?

Also the final chapters
5.1 Permaculture and Climate Policy
5.2 Climate Change Statement and Action Plan

Please discuss in a bit greater detail a broad outline of what you feel our policies and action plans should be. I have my own action plan, and it involves developing permaculture agricultural production methods that can be scaled up and adopted by conventional farmers, as part of a climate mitigation strategy. But I am interested in how you think this could relate or interact with the broader international community of nations political and economic policies on climate change? I can't change the world, only do my small tiny part, but how the small puzzle piece fits into the broader picture, if at all, is something I am interested in learning.

 
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Good question David. The choice we really made in the title was whether to call it simply 'Permaculture and climate change', or to add adaptation. This was essentially a branding decision: the main target audience of the book is those involved in devising and implementing climate policy, among whom knowledge and understand of permaculture is quite rare, but where there's a lot of interest in different approaches. Adaptation is currently a higher profile and more dynamic field in that area of work, so including it in the title will hopefully mean more people pick it up and act by changing policy, legal and financial structures etc. in ways that help bring some of these approaches in from the margins.
Between us and the rest of the permies.com community, what we are really trying to do is open people up to more holistic ways of understanding and acting that illuminate the connections and interdependencies among the different strategies we cover. This challenges the distinction between mitigation and adaptation, as permaculture/based adaptation measures are, of course, also low carbon.
In terms of policy measures, we've mostly set out a series of suggestions for more dialogue between policy and some of the strategic initiatives that are starting to emerge, like the Next Big Step project (https://international.permaculture.org.uk/) and ECOLISE, a European network of community-based sustainability organisation (www.ecolise.eu). The Climate Change Statement and Action Plan isn't our own, it's one agreed at the International Permaculture Convergence in London last September as an outcome of Next Big Step. It has its own website where you can read it in full, at www.permacultureclimatechange.org
 
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