What is it?
Permact is an association that seeks sustainable alternatives to the unsustainable system in which we live. It is a dissemination and awareness-raising project that examines social and environmental problems in order to strengthen the spirit of change towards a fair, environmentally-friendly society that is also economically viable.
We believe that certain changes don’t come from leaders but from collaboration, dialogue and exchange between people. We understand that we are responsible for the reality in which we live and therefore we have the duty, the capacity and the opportunity to work to create a more sustainable society and one which is in harmony with nature and the individual’s own essence.
The name Permact is inspired by the principles of Permaculture, which, through studying natural ecosystems in conjunction with technologies and knowledge (modern and traditional), is concerned with creating a permanent culture that allows the creation of sustainable human settlements and harmony among the members that create them, and with the environment in which they are located. In addition, at Permact we believe that internal changes are lasting changes. In order to change our surroundings, we have to change ourselves first by adopting a Permanent Action (this is where the name comes from), which reinforces that change is something that is achieved one day at a time, in the way we face our decisions and our actions.
We think that because of a change in habits, together with social change achieved by participative initiatives, we are already becoming acquainted with a new way of understanding our way of life: de-growth. We are certain that sustainable decrease is the future and we want to highlight all the organizations and movements that strive to achieve this change.
What are the initiatives of a sustainable world?
The current system is a world with a very questionable future. The solutions are in the present – in these initiatives that demonstrate the actions that we can take to create a model of sustainable management:
- Methods that set out to manage Earth and nature in order to maintain ecological equilibrium, thus respecting natural limits and creating a permanent culture and constructed spaces that minimize the impact on the planet.
- There are alternative proposals for overcoming inequalities and unsustainable economic growth.
- There are also proposals that stimulate the current economy and finances.
- Projects that seek to construct horizontally, with a life and community land management that believes in its own conception of development and well-being, weaving networks of collaboration and escaping the current individualist society.
- We foster the use of tools and technology that help us to better take advantage of the resources we have available and reduce our ecological footprint.
- We dedicate space to people who defend a culture and education based on free thought that fosters critical and conscious minds.
- We also dedicate a space to health and well-being because we think that certain practices and lifestyles foster individual and community well-being.
How do we do it?
We look for inspiring examples of initiatives that plan, construct and put in practice this other world that is yet to be born. We visit these initiatives and we share online what we learned with the intention of encouraging reflection and creating an enriching debate about our social reality in an open, positive and enthusiastic manner, using knowledge as our main tool. This map shows the sustainable world initiatives that we have visited.
Where do we publish our content?
On this website we write articles, publish videos and upload photos of the initiatives we have visited. We present the sustainable world initiatives in 7 categories: management of land and nature, constructed spaces, economy and finances, life and management of community land, tools and technology, culture and education, health and well-being. Each category is a petal in our logo.
In addition to our website, we publish our content on other platforms, collaborate with other media, and like to share our experiences and knowledge on a more personal basis: we come out with Internet chats, photo exhibitions, radio shows…etc.
We also have a blog where we share reflections and news, inform people of our chats and interviews, the location of our photo exhibitions, the media we are on and, in general, what we are doing.
Translated by Kerlene Telesford and Vongai Mlambo