Bite-sized Design Essentials – Climate, Sectors and Risk

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Face your risk from climate change with guided planning. You can then feel more secure, comfortable and fruitful.

We are powerful, creative individuals. But do we know how to be effective changemakers? Each day that we avoid thinking about the design of our lifestyle we are probably living by someone else’s design. This post offers worksheets at the end to help you design to reduce the impact of climate change and enhance the best features of any space.

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Climate change is no longer up for debate. For many of us, it is real and now. And for many more people it is urgent. The risk is not evenly spread. One region will suffer far worse than another. There are inexpensive actions that make us more comfortable and safe.

Firstly, assess your overall risk. Then find what you can change and what can’t be changed. Rather than waiting for things to happen to us, lets plan some improvements and prepare for a dignified exist if required.

Plans can enhance the microclimates (using an awareness of energy sectors). But ultimately, calculating the risk informs the design and helps our community prepare better for future catastrophes.


Design cannot change the regional climate but it can create more liveable microclimates.
There are goldilocks “Life zones” that support living systems. But even Goldilocks needs to become adaptable because we are living through a period of rapid climate change. And not everywhere is changing in the same way or at the same rate. Every space is unique and the design team can assess what the space has and how it can be enhanced. 

Action: Research the climate site and map existing microclimates. Determine likely climate changes and how this informs the design. Finally, design to reduce the impact from a range of climate extremes.


Sector analysis determines the direction, frequency, intensity and effects of both welcome and unwelcome energies. Designs that work with energies provided by nature require less imported energy and are more climate resilient.  To create a design that harmonies with the site we observe and measure the various energies, identify where they come from, their potential impact and how we can use or deflect this energy at different times of the year.
First we identify and map existing external and internal natural energy sources. We also consider predicted changes from climate worksheet. Next, we determine what design interventions could optimise the use these energies.

Action: Create a sector analysis for the space and propose modifications.

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Design to reduce risk in order to save habitat, lives, effort and resources as well as minimising pollution. “Risk is the balance of consequence and likelihood .”  Lizzy Smith. Risk can be a negative or positive opportunity. An example of a (hopefully) positive risk occurs when we set out on an adventure.  Whereas a negative risk common occurs when someone moves onto a property that is subject to flooding then finds out they are not insured and can not afford to relocate.

Our risk analysis develops design strategies to prepare for and overcome risks. We determine the likely risks through a SWOT analysis. Then we design to mitigate the risk. 

Actions: Identify Strengths, Weaknesses. Opportunities and Threats or Constraints then Identify ways to reduce the risks and enhance the strengths. One of the actions that we can adopt is to keep some of the plants in relocatable wicking vessels. In the event of any type of emergency, or an opportunity to relocate, you can take young plants with you.

Earthcare secretary, Amanda Argent seeks to connect people to environmental stewardship, increase people’s skills and knowledge on how to regenerate food growing spaces following a natural disaster, and prepare for future climate extremes. This will strengthen flood affected communities collective resilience.



Here are the worksheets we are presenting at Earthcare to help participants develop their design skills. The files are pilot samples from our upcoming Permaculture course and book called the FIELD GUIDE TO PERMACULTURE DESIGN. If you are keen to join our upcoming course to develop your design skills, write to us.

  1. Climate
  2. Sectors
  3. Risk
  4. Zones

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Our quick online course on Microclimates helps you create better living and growing spaces with 6 natural energy factors. Boost your use of natural energies to optimise comfort and production. This course shows you how to work with nature to create the best living space. And best of all, your living space will have more natural light and warmth.

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Image of a suntrap designed farm and Link to affordable Microclimates course on Udemy


Our course on Microclimates creates better living and growing spaces with 6 natural energy sources. Boost your use of natural energies and optimise production. This course shows you how to work with nature to create the best living space. And best of all, your living space will have more natural light and warmth.

Microclimates boost the productivity and enjoyment of outdoor and indoor spaces. This course helps create a diverse range of microclimates. It helps you understand what factors combine to create a microclimate. Energy sources and influences create microclimates, we break this down for you. There are key natural energy factors that influence a microclimate. This course explores each factor. Valuing and using sunlight is vital. This course shows your how to create a suntrap. Next up we discover how to harness warmth and store it in different types of thermal mass. Next we use or diffuse wind. Cool elements such as winter wind and frost are also addressed. Finally, we look at lesser known factors such as altitude and geo-thermal influences.

Bananas love shelter from the wind from the hedge behind them. In turn, they shelter a basil crop.

This course also provides design ideas, real-life examples, and ways to communicate microclimate ideas to others. You can create a range of microclimates in your own space: indoors and out. By the end, you will empowered and ready for simple action to improve your lifestyle and growing potential.

Once you know how nature works, you can imitate it. The costs of comfort and production are reduced and our footprint on the earth is lightened.

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