I am involved in an Environmental Book Club at Oglebay’s Schrader Center.
I have read many new books thanks to this club, and every Third Thursday presents a discussion with wiser environmentalists than me. Many of these books are written in a cohesive long arrangement of definitions. No plots or climax, but critically arranged facts from beginning to end. Like portions titled Eco-Inventions from Janine Benyus’s book Biomimicry.
Here are a few of my favorite thoughts.
The biomimicry revolution introduces an era based not on what we can extract from nature but on what we can learn from her. Pg 2
The cost of money, the price of my time and why the bottom thread of my new winter coat falls off.
From being taught a ‘human centered approach’ in forestry management Benyus began to look to organisms and ecosystems for their ‘cooperative relationships, self-regulating feedback cycles and dense interconnectedness.’ Pg 3
‘Adapting to earth (as a new reality), the changes we make now no mater how incremental they seem, may be the nucleus for this new reality.’ Pg 5
The cannon of nature’s laws
Nature runs on sunlight
Nature uses only the energy it needs
Nature fits form to function
Nature recycles everything
Nature rewards cooperation
Nature banks on diversity
Nature demands local expertise
Nature curbs excesses from within
Nature taps the power of limits (which means maintain a balance) Pg 7
‘Because nature spins her spell in such a small space, her creations read like a poem that says only what it means.’
30,000 land tailored variations of rice – farming that mimicked industry, not nature. Pg 17
Her ideas on polyculture in the prairies. What about the idea of a polyculture at home in our own garden. Plants that feed, nourish and sustain the winter without our work. Pg 30
If you had a place to pull down the sun, the ASU campus in Tempe would be the place. Pg 63
Nature wants a balance – entropy – like ink dispersing in H20, it wants everything to have equal parts. Pg 67
What is Hydrogen gas?
Molecules into membranes Pg 82
Purple bacterium reaction center photo
200 billion output increase every two years… why we are faster in the untactile world? Pg 241
Take back laws or ‘asset recovery’ as Xerox puts it. Pg 256
We are using the ancient sun. Pg 261
When she talks about using the condensed matter that didn’t have oxygen to decompose properly? Is the earth getting larger in diameter, or how is this upcycle working from the exterior to center of our earth core?
A community designed system to use a better as a whole, water, better land, air water, build, shelter feed.
Things I’ve started thinking about since our book club began:
I am my own responsibility, I must live with what I do and try not to push it on somewhere else.
Low Impact Man / Family
Hollow under-layer shifts
We fall into perfectly round holes
Circular sink holes
Whole cities swallowed down the serpents throat. Hollowed from within, termites practicing their limits.
Pouring the unused black remains of dinosaurs
Aloe plants and grub worms into our copper lines.
Instead of quickly building Architecture, perhaps time in concept-to-foundation-to-finish should take us longer, so we are taking more controlled and thoughtful steps in the process. Perhaps I should invest my time in Slow Building.
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If we use a personal pronoun to describe a creation from which we may learn, can we go deeper to know her creator who has infinitely more to teach us? Biomimicry is certainly a step in the right direction; and one good step deserves another. Modernism has been irrationally blind for so long; and perhaps we are not able to open our eyes all the way.
Someone needs to do it for us.
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