Part of what Andrew Faust does is teaching how to apply permaculture in the urban landscape and part of what he'll be presenting in this video is a lot of information he's accumulated over the last 20 years as an educator and 8 years of living off the grid. Permaculture is a way of thinking, it's a way of seeing, and what Andrew is going to present is the way of seeing ourselves as biological organisms who are deeply rooted in the life-matrix of the planet Earth.
According to astrophysicists the oldest stars and the age of our universe is about 14.5 billion years old. The galaxy is something that there are many of, as we know, in the universe... and we are in an outer arm of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of many galaxies. We are spinning with the Earth, spiraling with the galaxy and expanding with the universe.
It's a very dynamic system. It is something that's been around for a long time, so this is an ancient universe and we have huge inheritance. We are the biosphere and how we behave now really determines the future. The Earth is biological entity, a self-regulating organism and we have to understand how to live in ways that synthesize with the larger dynamics of the planet.
There isn't any big brother or large creation entity that cares about humanity. It's up to us to figure out how to live in ways that are intelligent in terms of defining how does the Earth work, how did human beings come into existence, and what do we owe our existence to?
Just 500 million years ago the continents were scattered in a very different places on Earth. And the continents have been changing, the planet has been shifting and it wasn't until 1970s that plate tectonics was even something that was understood in geology. It wasn't until the 1930s that we even started to agree that there were such things as ice ages. Our understanding of this planet is something that's constantly developing and evolving.