The Ethics of Permaculture
Care of Earth
This concept ranges from the very obvious – take care of the living soil, to galactic viewpoints of Gaia's place (and thus our own) in the Universe.
We take stewardship of our own homes, but do not assume that humans have the wisdom or the power to take stewardship of an entire planet.
Care of Humans
If we are taking care of humans properly, all the other species will be allowed to live the lives which their wisdom dictates. Taking care of humans means recognizing them to be part of, not masters of, the web of Life on this planet.
Share the Surplus
Recognizing that the law of Nature is to give away anything not needed, we live in such a way, limiting our consumption and our population, that there is a surplus to share.
Respect Intrinsic Value
We remember that all living beings have intrinsic value, not just the extrinsic value that humans give them. Thus we question labels like "weed" or "pest," and attempt to see each being's place and worth in its ecosystem.