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Permaculture: Discovering solutions hidden in nature | Graham Calder | TEDxMontreal

Permaculture is an ecological design process. By observing and mimicking nature, permaculture provides solutions to food insecurity, desertification, and climate change; it helps us address some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges we face. The observations that inspire permaculture designs can come from the most unlikely of places, including from our urban companion, the squirrel.

Graham’s insightful talk demonstrates that sustainability is only the first rung on the ladder to abundance.


Graham Calder’s formative years on a farm instilled in him a lasting devotion to ecological preservation. Dissatisfied with mainstream environmentalism, Calder gravitated towards the holistic approaches of permaculture, and the broad spectrum of solutions it proposes.

Calder received a Bachelor’s of Geography and Ecology from Concordia University and completed his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) at Pacific Permaculture. Later that year he apprenticed under Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, where he completed certifications in Earthworks and Permaculture Teaching.

In 2009, he founded P3 Permaculture: a social enterprise seeking to make permaculture accessible by providing courses and design consultation in Canada and the world.



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