According to Kickstarter.com and a PR representative for the kickstarter programs, in a conversation on August 19 with the National Homesteading Examiner, Paul Wheaton of Missoula, MT., has a kickstarter.com project set in motion that will gather the donations needed to produce a one of a kind Permaculture Playing Card deck or 54 cards. According to kickstarter.com, "Paul Wheaton is is the tyrannical ruler of two on-line communities. One is about permaculture and one is about software engineering. Named "The Bad Boy of Permaculture" by Occupy Monsanto, "The Duke of Permaculture" by Geoff Lawton, the Director of Permaculture Research International and "Hardcore Green" by TreeHugger.com, Paul has podcasts, videos and articles which advocate his brand of Permaculture."
Currently there are 656 backers that have donated a whopping, $39,365 of a goal that was set at just $18,500! It is safe to say that, the "Permaculture Playing Card Kickstarter" is a big hit with sustainability fans everywhere. Why might this project generated so many fans, so much money and support? Well, when it comes to the permaculture community, there is just not another movement that is larger in 2013! Not only are more people turning to homesteading, moving off the grid to live and planting organic gardens, but more are looking into learning all they can about living with the land, on the land, sustainable and as self sufficient as possible.
If you are into the organic lifestyle, homesteading, off grid living etc. then you know just how important permaculture is. We are stewards of the land, if we aren't then we are against nature, simple as that. Permaculture is said to be, a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design that develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. The core tenets of permaculture are:
Care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
Care of the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
Return of Surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.
Permaculture is a mainstream study for those interested in such things. Creating a deck of playing cards that teach just what permaculture is all about is genius! There are many ways to get the word out, to teach and tell about these alternative and arguably, better ways of life but a deck of playing cards is just right on target. Nothing gathers a group of thinking people together better than a game of cards. Out on the homestead, cards are unquestionably a favorite as there is no better way to pass the time on a rainy day in the ole cabin in the woods than a good game of cards! Invite some neighbors or friends and family over that are interested in the game and you will have a conversation about permaculture started in no time!