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From the documentary “Ancient Futures – Learning from Ladakh” we learn more about permaculture:

Ancient Futures – Learning from Ladakh is both a book and a documentary. As reported on Wikipedia, the book was written by Helena Norberg-Hodge and published in 1991. The 1st part of the book described the untouched land of Ladakh when Helena first arrived in 1975, on how everyone is so happy and contented. In the “olden” world, Ladakhis women enjoyed high social status and families and communities ties were very strong. 2nd part of the book described how the peaceful land of Ladakh changed socially, ecologically and economically when “development” set in. Ladakhis starts to enjoy the comfort and convenience of modernization, at the same time, increasing greed, intolerance, unemployment, inflation, pollution etc. set in and is threatening the ecological balance and social harmony which were maintained over the past centuries.

The book raises important questions about the whole notion of progress, and explores the root causes of the problems faced by a highly industrialized society. Ancient Futures – Learning from Ladakh was translated into 35 languages and use regularly at the grassroots to raise awareness.

As a movie, it is available onhttp://greenplanetfilms.org/product_info.php?products_id=76 .How we can learn about ecological solutions from an ancient Culture?

Ladakh, or Little Tibet, is a wildly beautiful desert land high in the western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet, for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a thriving culture.

Traditions of frugality and cooperation, coupled with an intimate and location-specific knowledge of the environment, enabled the Ladakhis not only to survive, but to prosper. Then came development. Now in Leh, the capital, one finds pollution and divisiveness, inflation and unemployment, intolerance and greed. Centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are under threat from modernization.

The breakdown of Ladakh’s culture and environment forces us to re-examine what we really mean by progress – not only in the developing parts of the world, but in the industrialized world as well. The story of Ladakh teaches us about the root causes of environmental, social and psychological problems, and provides valuable guidelines for our own future.