I am in heavy heart with loss of great visionary soul: Bill Mollison; who died on 24th September, Saturday in Hobart, aged 88. Bill was Australian researcher, author, scientist, teacher and biologist who co-founded the world permaculture movement.
The world is saddened with his loss, the contribution he made with defining and leading the movement of permaculture is like the remarkable achievement.
It has not been so long that I was introduced with Permaculture. Among many buzz words of 21st century like organic, sustainable agriculture, I often use to hear the word Permaculture too. Within this very short time, I became so much fond of permaculture design system and I started to trust on this system that it is simpler solutions for every complex problem we are facing today. Permaculture is an integrated system of design which Mollison co-developed with David Holmgren, and it encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture, and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies, and legal systems for businesses and communities. It is an holistic science that integrates the multi dimension functionality of natural elements to make our living environment regenerative, productive and sustainable.
David and Bill went on to co-originate the permaculture concept and write Permaculture One: A Perennial Agricultural System for Human Settlements together, published in 1978. Bill went on to write the seminal Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual and teach permaculture design all over the world.
After founding Permaculture Institute in 1978, Bill formalized the training of practitioners, which directly impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, and indirectly many millions more. For his service to humanity, he was honored with numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award (sometimes called the “Alternative Nobel Prize”)in 1981. But of all the accolades he received, the one he was most proud of was the Vavilov Medal, in large part due to the tenacity, courage, and contributions of the award’s namesake, who Bill considered a personal hero. Bill was also the first foreigner invited and admitted to the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
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