Bill Mollison, ecologist and co-creator of permaculture, an agricultural system that works with, rather than against, nature, died recently aged 88.

In 1978 Bill Mollison and student David Holmgren published Permaculture One, the precursor of Mollison’s more detailed Permaculture – A Designers’ Manual (1988). He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1981 “for developing and promoting the theory and practice of permaculture”. The term permaculture comes from permanent culture, and the concept is to create stable productive systems, both rural and urban, that harmoniously integrate the land and people.

Although his original principles remain in place, the courses have evolved to expand beyond agriculture and into areas such as design, engineering, construction and architecture, all based on an ecological approach. His ideas have been taken up by the international Transition Town movement.

Bill was recognised globally for his achievements. He was named one of Australia’s Icons of the Millennium in the field of ecology, received the Banksia Environment Award and judged an Outstanding Australian Achiever. He was the first foreigner to be made a member of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Science, and received the Vavilov medal for contributions to sustainable agriculture in Russia. Learn more…

Source: ABC Rural Legends