The Wisdom of Nature Part One-Biomimicry

According to the Biomimicry Institute,

“Biomimicry is the science and art of emulating Nature’s best biological ideas to solve human problems. Non-toxic adhesives inspired by geckos, energy efficient buildings inspired by termite mounds, and resistance-free antibiotics inspired by red seaweed are examples.”

This TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk is fascinating. The presenter, Janine Benyus, provides insight into how nature’s incredible mechanisms can help solve design problems. Benyus is passionate about how humans can learn from organisms that preserve the environment that sustains them-one of the necessary ingredients for bringing balance to our relationship to the planet.

Biomimicry is related to the views of the environmental movement called technogaianism. Unlike traditional environmentalists that may argue that technology has ruined the environment, technogaianists believe that alternative technology can help propel the sustainability movement forward.

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