Hi, this is Geoff.

The last several weeks the posts have been a bit on the long side, so this week let’s jump straight in:

The biggest crime: So it turns out that the ICC will now be able to prosecute environmental crimes. Since it was established in 1998, the ICC has focused on four main areas: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. It will now consider reading these four in a broader context to include “exploitation of natural resources,” and “environmental destruction.”How this will practically play out needs to be seen, but at least the sentiment is a move in the right direction.

Disaster Permaculture? Some well-intentioned folks want to restrict permaculture to a specific, narrow definition. One thing I enjoy is watching it go the other way, i.e. to see the definition broaden as the underlying principles start to find application in previously unexplored areas. Like what? How aboutdisaster prevention and planning? The American Society of Landscape Architects recently published an online guide to helping cities become more resilient to natural disasters through…you guessed it…better design. The opening line of the guide says it best: “Working with nature — instead of in opposition to it — helps communities become more resilient and come back stronger after disruptive natural events.”

Healthy competition: Who will go 100% organic first? In one corner: Bhutan. And in the other corner, the new challenger on the scene: Denmark. I’ll gladly endorse this type of competition over building taller buildings, higher GDPs, or any of the other vanity metrics that are leading us down a path of destruction. The fact that these are two smaller nations is also not surprising, as innovation often springs from something small and “local,” and then scale up to larger and larger contexts.

Ready for action: It’s always interesting to see mainstream publications pick up on the growing thread of interest in the ideas behind permaculture. Here, The Nation provides a well-crafted vignette of six young people and their environmental work. Call it what you will, this is the new permaculture audience who wants to listen, learn, and above all, take action.

In case you missed it: Patterning is one of the most interesting sections in PDC courses, and, here, Farrah Schwab gives a brief overview. One of my students and friends, Justin Rhodes, shows what is achievable in 99 days. Amazing stuff. If you enjoy these posts from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute, be sure to bookmark the site as several new articles go up weekly, or check out thousands of other past articles, here.

That’s it for the Friday Five – short and sweet as promised.

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