Ego Lemos – PermaYouth

Change the World is supporting Ego Lemos with his endeavour to take young Timorese and instil in them a passion for the land and a drive to make Timor-Leste a better place fore themselves and their children. The project is known as PermaYouth.

A musician, singer songwriter and environmental troubadour Ego Lemos is a remarkable man, with a remarkable voice in more ways than one.

Ego set up PERMATIL in 2000 as a local NGO concentrating on sustainable development, working with farmers, community leaders, community groups, Government staff, NGO / INGO staff, and university and school students. Providing training, information and education, the focus is on how to protect the land and environment, to manage it and use it to improve livelihoods. All training and information provided is compatible with economic, social, cultural, climatic, and environmental conditions in Timor-Leste.

PERMACULTURE = PERMANENT AGRICULTURE + PERMANENT CULTURE
Permanent Agriculture: agriculture and animal management that improves the land, provides income and produce, and is sustainable now and into the future.
Permanent Culture: working with, protecting and encouraging a strong Timorese culture and environment, and moving forward at the same time. Working with nature and people and learning from them, not against or in competition with.

Permaculture connects and integrates different ideas and techniques of living and agriculture together: houses, water supply, health, waste management, agriculture, fruit trees and tree crops, aquaculture, rivers, forests, animals, etc. It builds on traditional knowledge and the new techniques available to augment that knowledge.

With over 250 trained members spread over Timor-Leste’s 13 Districts, it also seeks to build a national movement that facilitates the appreciation and exchange of traditional knowledge from disparate communities within the country, integrating the results into a body of knowledge that will serve all Timorese into the future.

Permatil and now PermaYouth members seek to promote the ten guiding principles of permaculture applicable to all, whether living in an urban or rural environment.
1) Take personal responsibility
2) Seek cooperation, not competition
3) See the solution, not the problem
4) Know that quality makes economic sense
5) Know that energy efficient systems make all sorts of sense
6) Work smart, not hard
7) Minimize waste
8) Work toward integrated systems
9) Seek diversity
10) Enjoy the benefits of beauty and function