A huge part of creating a sustainable way of life along permaculture principles is about caring for our planet but it is also important to consider ethical and political issues. I think it would be really easy for us, in our position of privilege, to hide ourselves away in our little rural bubble. If we did so, however, we would not really be living in a sustainable way. Anything we do here in terms of wastage reduction, recycling and growing our own is just a drop in the ocean. Communities must come together for true change to be achieved.
Here, we intend to engage with others around us, getting involved with other local like-minded people. One thing we should be able to do in the future to engage with community issues is to go to seed and vegetable swaps. I still have connections with the local allotments where I held a plot last year and am keen to forge links with more organic gardeners. We hope to eventually have excess produce that we can share with friends and neighbours.
We will also, of course, continue to vote and to engage with wider social and political issues. Apathy seems to me to be the greatest enemy to true sustainability.