Melliodora Publishing

A conversation series with Rowe Morrow

Globally renowned permaculture teacher, author and agricultural scientist.


The role of cities and urban centres in Earth restoration

The role of cities and urban centres in Earth restoration.

We have a huge opportunity as city dwellers and businesses to contribute to the long term health of the environment.

With up to 70% of the world’s population now living in urban areas, city centres are rich with community, social connection and innovation.

How can we leverage these resources and resilience to positively impact our social and environmental systems?


From Seattle to Singapore, from green energy to intelligent city infrastructure, there are many innovative examples of urban sustainability in action around the world. Such cities use the ‘triple bottom line’ measuring their impacts on the environment, economy and society.

Have a look at the illustration from Rob Allsop below that shows ‘A sustainable city’. Reflect on the following questions:

  • Which sustainable actions or projects does your city already do well?
  • Which sustainable actions or projects can your city improve on?
  • What role can you play to increase the sustainability of your city?
Illustration by Rob Allsop


Hear from Rowe which cities around the world are leading the way and what we can learn from them. Watch the video below to learn about case studies of sustainable cities.

Illustration by Rob Allsop

How could you re-vision a public space near you?

Public spaces offer citizens a great way to engage with each other and in sustainability initiatives. Check out The Project for Public Spaces to get ideas!

Some other educational resources you might like:

C40 Cities: a global network of mayors taking urgent action to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone can thrive.

RetroSuburbia: Written by David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture this book this book teaches sustainable urban living

Transition Towns: A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism: Make the best of what time, money and pleasures you already have. This book is a guide to spending less while enjoying everything more.

Purchase your copy of Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture HERE.

Take a positive step towards the restoration of our planet.