You must be wondering what I mean by a permaculture approach. So, the permaculture approach means relying on your own self more than the market for the supply of your food, energy, water, medicines etc.
It does not mean that you have to build a factory inside your house to make these things but having an approach that minimizes the usage of outside supply and preparing ourselves to make best usage of the available resources in the house.
Things that include permaculture approach are:
- Growing some of your own food and saving it
- Installing and maintaining a rainwater tank
- Energy sources like batteries, fuel, firewood etc.
- Maintaining excellent relations with your neighbors
Let us see how permaculture preparedness look like:
1 The first point includes all the points that I have stated above in the permaculture approach.
2 The second point is to take care of other basic hygiene, medications and building up your pantry. Also, it is very important for you to take care of the members of the family and if possible to help in need the neighbors in the tough time of pandemic.
3 Third, it is important to create preparedness in your community as well. Donating to local food banks, providing legal expertise to the needy people and taking care of their problems also list in permaculture preparedness.
Do Not Depend On Others, Be Self-Prepared
There will be media, there will be government and there will be people in your surroundings that will assure you that there is nothing to worry and that you should keep enjoying the holidays until the very last minute, before the real crisis affects everyone.
The shortage of food, drinkable water, loss in mobile network and lack of access to roads and transport are some of the problems that nobody is going to tell you but you have to be prepared for all these situations.
Preparedness will help you, your household, and your community to be more resilient, in times of crisis.
Complete others if you find yourself complete
If you think you have done everything that is needed to fight through the tough time, it is time to help your community. You should leave all the selfishness behind while working in these kinds of pandemic situations. You should hold out every possible help and support you can provide to the community at this time.
Do not be overconfident if the pandemic has not hit the area where you are living. If it is spreading all across, it is soon hitting your area as well. So, preparation is always beneficial.
Approach While Keeping Community in Mind
As you prepare for the pandemic, you will find different kinds of benefits. For you will be connected to your community, your garden and your ecosystem.
You have to start preparing at your own household level and then think of the community and work for the same.
Permaculture preparedness is all this and more. Climate action is a form of preparedness. Preserving energy is one kind of preparedness as well and so is regenerative agriculture-that increases soil carbon and ecosystem health for the benefit of the ecosystem.