While many environmental activists wage battle with the government and its corporate donors, a quiet but powerful awakening has occurred around the nation. People are waking up to the unhealthy state of their communities, and reclaiming both public and private spaces for the development of urban farms and green spaces.
Last August, Costa Boutsikaris, a student filmmaker and permaculture enthusiast, took a weeklong road trip to seek out some of these permaculture designers and teachers, and explore the community projects they’ve created. He quickly discovered that one week was not going to be long enough to tell the story of what’s happening. Now, he’s hoping to crowdfund enough money to spend five months on the road, visiting over 30 permaculture design sites in the Northeast U.S., interviewing the teachers, students and designers involved.
Boutsikaris quickly realized it would be contradictory to spend five months in a fossil-fuel powered car in order to make a movie about permaculture design strategies and philosophies. So, he hopes other permaculture enthusiasts will help him raise the funds necessary to convert his diesel van to run on waste vegetable oil, and install rooftop solar panels that will power his camera equipment.
“Permaculture is a design science, rooted in careful observation of natural systems, that aims to create methods of human living that have the stability and resilience of natural ecosystems,” writes Boutsikaris on his blog. “We will be visiting urban green roofs, bike powered compost services, grey water systems, rain catchment projects, forest gardens, and many other projects that have been designed and oriented using permaculture design strategies and philosophies. We hope to spread awareness around this grass roots movement and share the stories of those who are spreading and shaping Permaculture Design in their classes and business practices.”
Boutsikaris’ Kickstarter campaign has already gathered more than 25 percent of its $4,000 goal. If you’re passionate about permaculture, consider contributing. You could get your name in the film credits!