Marine Permaculture Movement

Marine Permaculture Movement


It is my pleasure to share with you on this episode of Sense-making in a Changing World conversation with Dr Brian von Herzen, the executive director at Climate Foundation, initiator of the marine permaculture movement, and member of the Permaculture Education Institute.  Marine permaculture has been featured on the 2040 Movie and in Paul Hawken’s latest book, Drawdown. To find out more about Marine Permaculture – what it is, how it works, and what benefits it has for ecosystem restoration and reversing climate change. As well as local livelihoods in the global south and contribution to land-based permaculture systems, follow along.

What is Marine Permaculture Movement:

Marine permaculture is an equivalent in permaculture that has the potential to make a significant contribution. Brian works closely with permaculture co-founder David Holmgren, to describe how the physical and marine permaculture approaches align. In addition to how the permaculture principles are incorporated into the marine context. For instance, this makes marine permaculture the way to help us adapt to this changing climate. At the same time, it helps us to draw down carbon and help to regenerate life, regenerate the damage that has been done.

A great example is, off the Eastern shore as a Tasmania, where sadly 95% of the kelp forest is gone. However, people didn’t know why this was happening. As a result, in most of the ocean, the surface layers of the ocean have warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius already. For instance, that is due to the global warming of previous decades in my hometown of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In addition, the average temperature is increased by more than two degrees Celsius. The result of this is because it’s in a particular hotspot. For example, the Eastern shores of Tasmania, the East Australian current, it’s become stronger and stronger and has brought love warm energy down to the Eastern shores of Tasmania. The result of this is three/four degrees Celsius of warming. As a result, the temperature by itself is a bit of a problem. The temperature creates a warm layer of water that presents a barrier to restoring natural appalling.


If you would like to listen to the whole podcast on the Marine Permaculture movement, please take a listen to the links below!

Watch Episode 37 with Dr. Brian von Herzen and Morag:


Or click here to listen to the Podcast on your chosen streaming service/or read the transcript.


You can watch a previous permaculture masterclass that Brian and I made together about Marine Permaculture  (80 min) .



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