With her foundation in Music Therapy, Talia Morales stepped out and is drawing our attention to Fire & Water this fall through permaculture techniques, as fire and erosion come to San Diego County. Morales gives us some relevant EarthWisdom as diligence becomes preventative Earth Medicine for safety.
1 - What do you think people need to understand about permaculture?
Permaculture is a way of seeing the world through nature’s eyes and provides a lens through which we can work with, benefit, and extend the patterns of nature as we design regenerative systems that support all forms of life. Permaculture is not a new concept, indigenous societies throughout the world and across time have developed many regenerative practices to live close to nature and support the earth's processes. Permaculture’s manifestations are everywhere you look and can be as sophisticated or as simple as you like. From the way we grow our food, build our homes, communities and design our cities, permaculture can be applied to anything because everything is sourced in nature. Based in the fundamental ethics of people care, earth care and care for our future, we are the ecosystem doing good and permaculture empowers us to be a resourceful and conscious part of the solution to the many problems facing us, both locally and globally.
2 - Why is fire break and water drainage so important in San Diego?
California's environment is a fire ecology. This means that San Diego’s environment has evolved for thousands of years with a relationship to fire. This includes the many diverse plants, animals, fungi and ecological processes that have depended on intermittent low-burning, low-heat fires for more mature ecosystems to flourish, removing diseases, managing soil PH and increasing the viability of native plant seeds through scarification. Many of the fire and drought conditions we are experiencing today, sadly are the culmination of decades of human industrialization and mismanagement. As we increase our awareness of the integral role of fire and water in California ecosystems and implement land stewardship techniques that mimic natural cycles (such as earthworks that retain hydrology in the soil and strategic planting) we can help protect against perpetual megafires by designing and building fire safe communities which support the healthy functioning of ecological processes.
3 - What gives you hope for the future?
When I think of the state of the world, it can be easy to feel depressed by the complex social, environmental and economics problems of these times. As the demand of growing population outweighs the bio-capacity of resources, we need Stewards of the Earth as leverage. In this post-industrial revolution, it gives me hope that there is a movement underfoot. People want to reclaim a relationship with the living earth, want to know where their food comes from, how to grow their own food, live more sustainably and remember our ancestors’ wisdom. Permaculture values the problems and turns them into solutions. We begin to see possibilities when we go to nature, deeply observing inward and outward, using all our senses and creative tools. I believe that permaculture, the arts, ceremony and coming together in community offers a lens to see that we are manifestations of the ecosystem. We are part of a system of intelligence. As bioneers and cultural creatives, we each have roles to play and have the capacity to do good.
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