Collaboration and teamwork ignite the synergy necessary to regain harmony with our planet's inherent regenerative ecology .
Join this campaign on various fronts to reverse the spiraling damage of industrialization with the greater force of regenerative design backed by our innate human abilities to achieve wonders beyond imagination: through passion, creativity, and our accumulation of extremely-high levels of knowledge, science, technology, and reason.
Let's mimic harmonious synergistic examples in nature, including successful examples from our own species: to heal our planet and cherish the flourishing and regenerative capacities miraculously gifted to us on this garden planet we call Earth. The essence of this concept is biomimicry, which is founded on science. Therefore, people of all beliefs can join and contribute.
Religion, spirituality, agnosticism, or atheism make little difference in the realization of the scientific reality of climate change, water crisis, and other environmental catastrophes that we humans continue to exacerbate. Most of the World's nations agree about the extreme threat of environmental changes and damage occurring now and in the expected near future. Affiliation begets coalition. How well we establish both to regenerate the Earth will determine the wellbeing and survival of our species.
We pollute and damage the infrastructure of our ecology on multiple fronts and on massive scales. We can and must reverse this juggernaut of environmental destruction into a force of ecological flourishing--making way for the dawn of the Ecological Era that is at our fingertips. Affiliations and coalitions of all kinds are welcome and essential to this cause that is the ultimate benefit of our present and future wellbeing. Let us unite massively with intelligence, compassion, flexible minds, and non-violent force.
Once upon a time, humans were forced to live ecologically, because their everyday existence required they directly handle all modes of their daily life existence. They could witness and touch what they created and used from start to end. Once upon a time, they also created and used only organic products and materials. They learned which plants and animals were poisonous and dangerous and which behaviors caused imbalance. Nowadays, largely unknowingly, humans invent, produce, use, and ingest inorganic materials that poison themselves and the Earth.
Education and proper action can help alter this poisonous behavior, but it's a wonder if curing it entirely, mostly, or just enough to continue our existence is possible. Impossible or not, we must try. If we can strive for riches and other typical desires, that we truly want or want merely due to social conditioning, we can equally strive to make a beautiful and healthy harmony with the natural environment, and hopefully each other. In the end, it's in our self-interest after all. As the world becomes increasingly more populated and globally-connected at a rapid pace, so do the environmental impacts of human activity become evermore connected and exponentialized.
Theretofore, we have desired riches and gold,
yet the Earth is bountiful in all the riches we could need or hoard,
Wheretofore do we carry on perilously or ecologically victoriously?
Recent battles in Iraq revolved around major water sources. Dams in particular attracted the conflicts. Recent fighting, which included US airstrikes, focused on control of "vital" Haditha Dam (BBC News). Water is the essence of life. Let's please design our lives and environments to keep our water healthy and in abundance for all peace-loving peoples.
Biomimicry is intrinsic to ecological design, and ecological design is the path to regenerative design. True ecological design encompasses both biomimickry and regenerative design, because our ecosystem is inherently biological and regenerative. The term ecological takes on a variety of meanings in common speech, however, so using the term regenerative design helps to point more specifically to our ultimate goal.
Sustainability isn't left out; it is included when we use the words regenerative or ecological design, but sustainable design we've come to realize is a benchmark too short. Sustaining our current ways will only maintain our current habits that cause massive degradation to the environment. Developing common language about our ultimate aims is critical. Ecological, like sustainability, is a bit vague in common speech, so regenerative is the more specific goal, yet it is accomplished through ecological design. We could say that ecological design is the path to regnerative design, and that biomimickry is an excellent tool to create this ecological path towards regenerative design.
Many people can barely handle the idea and requirements of meeting sustainability standards. "Sustainability” is ambiguous and can imply only sustaining our current polluting ways rather than curing them, so we need to start moving away from using the term sustainability and embrace the term “regenerative” design instead. Ecological design is a temporary appeasement and bridging-terminology, leading us towards an ultimate shift from our current world of industrial and sustainable design to a world of wholly regenerative design.
As author Janine Benyus exclaims, biomimicry is a source full of discoverable ecologically-harmonious design solutions and innovations. The calcium carbonate build-up in plumbing pipes is the same process as self-limiting seashell creation, for example, and provides a doorway to discovering how to remove calcium carbonate build-up in pipes in a regenerative way. Any regenerative design is sustainable by default but exceeds sustainment, actually regenerating and improving the ecosystem, providing a net-plus gain for the environment instead of merely "sustaining" our Earth-damaging ways. Design that honestly mimics life can function regeneratively as do the infinite number of automatically mutually-beneficial relationships occurring in our ecological system, which presently and in the past provide us life and abundance. The future is uncertain.
Paul Stammet’s mushroom possibilities are mind-bogglingly regenerative. His carpenter ant prevention that results in mushroom growth directly from within the ants is seemingly miraculous, but of course, if done on a grand scale, might kill off too many ants. Excess is not biomimicry. Proper biomimicry is balance and harmony, not excess. An asteroid storm from outer space striking the Earth, blotting out the sun and causing the death of the dinosaurs was not natural and not biomimicry. Hopefully, we won’t experience a mimicked event of such, suddenly from outer-space or suddenly erupting from the enormity of our polluting and depleting habits. If anyone understands climate change, it is the dead dinosaurs and some of their descendants alive today: turtles, sharks, crocodiles, the beloved cockroach, ginko trees, ferns, and magnolias, for example.
In reality, all of life on Earth is one big biomimicry existence except for the synthetic creations and habits of humans that, for the most part, result in poisoning the environment and ourselves. Seawater desalination plants are certainly not biomimicry. Humans have thrived for millions of years and developed vast and amazing civilizations, including extraordinary feats like flying to the moon without the help of cellphones or nuclear power. We can harness our same fantastic capabilities to apply biomimicry to our human-made products and environmental relationships to live abundantly and in good health in a world economy and lifestyle that is wholly regenerative.