My name is Graham Strouts, I live in West Cork and have been teaching Permaculture, Natural Building and Sustainable Woodland Management at Kinsale College of Further Education since 2005.
I grew up in the south of England and studied sociology at Essex University 1983-6. Leaving with a radical view of the world and feeling certain that modern society was both unjust and unsustainable- and that its demise would probably be a good thing- I spent the next view years seeking a back-to-the-land lifestyle first in Shropshire, then in Scotland, finally moving to Ireland in 1990.
In 2005 I began a Peak Oil and Permaculture blog www.zone5.org. Over the next few years I developed ideas based on the expected imminent peaking of world oil production and the need to “powerdown” and adopt a more modest way of life using permaculture and appropriate technology.
More recently, I have started to question fundamentally many of my previous assumptions. This blog explores my change of direction and tries to separate the science from the ideology within the environmental movement.
Zone5 remains as a gardening/permaculture blog.