In this episode, Ben Habib is joined by Toad Dell and Guy Ritani from PermaQueer. PermaQueer is a collaborative project to share ecological sustainability methods through the lens of Permaculture, focusing on accessibility to and building resilience for traditionally marginalised communities. PermaQueer brings a queering, decolonising and trauma-informed approach to community-building. In 2021, PermaQueer won the LUSH Spring Prize for Social and Environmental Regeneration.
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00:03:45 Acknowledgement of Country.
00:05:39 Finding permaculture through need rather than through reputation.
00:09:14 Permaculture as a design methodology vs permaculture as a movement.
00:11:16 Women are the backbone of the permaculture community-building.
00:15:38 Queering permaculture and the genesis of PermaQueer.
00:22:24 PermaQueer as a network of resource redistribution.
00:25:07 Having privilege and being a pioneer ‘species’ in social ecosystems.
00:27:54 Understanding ‘queering’ and the diversity of queer peoples’ lived experiences.
00:36:10 The unique aesthetics of PermaQueer’s social media presence.
00:40:17 Value the edge, but only in right relationship to it.
00:44:30 Edge cultures and vulnerable people are not a resource to be selectively mined by the mainstream.
00:47:27 Trauma-informed and decolonial practice in permaculture and beyond.
00:56:50 Problematising the construct of ‘whiteness’.
00:59:55 Scarcity as reality vs scarcity as mindset.
01:04:37 Critical reflection on the permaculture prophesy of energy descent.
01:12:23 TEDx as a platform for PermaQueer online events.
01:19:17 Queering isn’t scary…a call to action.
- LUSH Spring Prize for Social and Environmental Regeneration 2021. “Winner: PermaQueer”.
- “PermaQueer: Intentional Projects Award”. Vimeo.
- “PermaQueer: Isn’t they lovely”. Permaculture Visions.
- “PermaQueer: Guy Ritani and Toad Dell”. Growing Media Podcast.
- TEDx PermaQueer: Community Responses to Climate Change.
- TEDx PermaQueer: Cultural Responses to Climate Change.
- Ray, SJ. (2021). “Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon”. Scientific American. 21 March 2021.
- Paxton, M. (2020). “In Good Tilth Perspectives: Hannah Breckbill”. Oregon Tilth. 24 November 2020.
- Mahana Culture: Awakening Cultural Dignity..
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