Permaculture Futures

Go Quail Springs [News, “Getting Grief for Going Green,” 9/10/09]! This kind of research-as we’re quickly beginning to realize in this new century that is, and will be, fraught with problems-is way overdue. We are embarking on what will turn out to be a very challenging journey down the steep side of the big energy edifice we’ve been merrily ascending over the century. The world we’ve known, in our lifetimes, is quickly transforming into something new, and if we move fast we may, just may, be able to determine what that new state will be. Clinging to the status quo will delay necessary adjustments, to our own loss. We need Quail Springs-like institutions dotting the horizon. These guys are working without profit, seeking to restore landscapes and develop replicable systems that meet universal human needs. It’s my hope that the public and governments will see this work for what it is, and rally behind it. – Craig Mackintosh

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This is a fantastic idea! As a science teacher, I can appreciate the value of resources for my students. There are not too many opportunities like this where teens can see firsthand how they can make a positive impact on the environment. Brush is wise to include the government in this move toward progress. Many are looking for green solutions, including the government. – Marie Franklin


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