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Community Education Network Involving Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, Permaculture and Multiple Stakeholders


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Community Education Network Involving Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, Permaculture and Multiple Stakeholders
Mr. Eric Brocken, RCE Greater Western Sydney (Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre)
Asia-Pacific Regional RCE Meeting 2018
25-27 September, 2018, Parramatta (Sydney), Australia

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Community Education Network Involving Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, Permaculture and Multiple Stakeholders

  1. 1. Community Education Network Permaculture case study Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre HDRAA RCE GWS Eric Brocken
  2. 2. Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre HDRAA
  3. 3. SDG Goals & Targets SDG1A. No Poverty - Socio economic factors - egalitarianism Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions SDG2.4 Zero Hunger - Food literacy – Horticulture By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality. SDG3. Good Health & Wellbeing - Belonging - Food choices SDG4.7 Quality Education - Learning environments – contextual Ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, humanity and promotion and of culture and its contribution SDG10. Inequalities - Affordability, value........perception Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions SDG16. Peace, justice Strong institutions – Social networks / personal relationships
  4. 4. Sustainability Challenge The Knowledge, the Will and the Power to: • influence elected representatives who set policy and influence the corporate sector - democracy • choose consumption which impacts positively on sustainable development - like agriculture • adopt better practice through engagement
  5. 5. Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre HDRAA Vision statement To stimulate awareness of the need to adopt more sustainable living practices and support efforts to do so. To develop the Centre as a place where people can gain inspiration, knowledge and skills through participation, demonstration and interactive learning.
  6. 6. EarthCare and its network
  7. 7. Context • Numerous existing unsustainable practices. • Toxics /waste, decreasing food nutrition, non renewable inputs, decreasing quality, decreasing biodiversity... • Urban encroachment on potential food production land and ‘natural’ environments • Socioeconomic tensions and ‘struggling’ local economies • Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre. A real life Community setting with a Collaborative governance based in a peri urban environment. (Living Laboratory) in a Peri Urban Setting • RCEGWS.A coalition of organisations collaborating on a people centred approach to understanding sustainable development
  8. 8. Sustainable Agriculture and Permaculture Permaculture is a design concept utilising an innovative systems-approach to consciously create landscapes, human settlements, and systems of agriculture that integrate functional diversity and biological fertility by mimicking natural eco-systems. Holmgren
  9. 9. Analysis and Methodology • A focus is on experiential learning in an integrated, interconnected, socially and aesthetically attractive setting. • Exposure to diverse social/ ‘class’ backgrounds. • Identifying roles of partners (RCE GWS) / stakeholders. • Strong academic connections across a number of disciplines • The Permaculture Methodology Communication Linking Common agendas. Greater collaboration.
  10. 10. Outcome of Practices • Attendance, engagement and associated program challenges (feedback) • Ongoing liaison in relation to learning situations by participants, through lecturers (ie course requirements, peer support etc.) • Behavioural changes expressed in social settings • Social settings reinforcing positive behaviour adding another layer/s to Big Data
  11. 11. Recommendations • Present models of interconnected environmental ‘best practices’ and challenge innovation. • Provide contexts to formal knowledge integration. • Engage with ‘experts’ and academic support for contextual engagement. • Build collaboration and networks of individuals and like minded (sustainability) organisations, promulgators and promotors of diverse environmental paradigms. • Invite participants into problem solving, welcome critical thinking and the sharing of decision making.