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Biomimicry is … the conscious emulation of life’s genius.
Biomimicry is basically taking a design challenge and then finding an ecosystem that's already solved that challenge, and literally trying to emulate what you learn.
The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone.
For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline - biology - to the design table. It's not to write an environmental impact statement, as most biologists in business do right now.
The answers to our questions are everywhere; we just need to change the lens with which we see the world.
Everyone is trying to jump on the biomimic bandwagon. But a cork floor is not biomimicry. Neither is using bacteria to clean water.
Nature works with five polymers. Only five polymers. In the natural world, life builds from the bottom up, and it builds in resilience and multiple uses.
What if, every time I started to invent something, I asked, 'How would nature solve this?'
Life creates conditions conducive to life.
When the forest and the city are functionally indistinguishable, then we know we have reached sustainability.
The answers to how to live sustainably on our planet are all around us.
If we are to use our tools in the service of fitting in on Earth, our basic relationship to nature--even the story we tell ourselves about who we are in the universe--has to change.
Life solves its problems with well-adapted designs, life-friendly chemistry and smart material and energy use.
In reality, we haven't escaped the gravity of life at all. We are still beholden to ecological laws, the same as any other life-form.
Cooperation in the most natural thing in the world
Listening to nature's operating instructions.
Water is at the center of every chemical reaction, and therefore should be the earths most precious gift.
The truth is, natural organisms have managed to do everything we want to do without guzzling fossil fuels, polluting the planet or mortgaging the future.
Organisms dont think of CO2 as a poison. Plants and organisms that make shells, coral, think of it as a building block.
There are literally as many ideas as there are organisms.
The real survivors are the Earth inhabitants that have lived millions of years without consuming their ecological capital, the base from which all abundance flows.
Biological knowledge is doubling every five years.
Conserving habitats is a wellspring for the next industrial revolution.
Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination