In her seminal 1997 book Biomimicry, Janine Benyus introduced the notion that we could be better off by simply mimicking the ways problems are solved in nature. That is because “nature creates conditions conducive to life” through 9 principles. Although usually formatted as a numbered list, we saw them for the first time as a single sentence, set up like a poem:
Nature runs on sunlight,
uses only the energy it needs,
fits form to function,
banks on diversity,
demands local expertise,
curbs excesses from within,
and taps the power of limits.
Somehow, we’d never put together exactly how perfect and emulate-able a system nature is until we saw it named. It fosters endless permutations, all working in synergy via research and development has been happening for billions of years.
Biomimicry sparks a hopeful shift of view: To know that models for solutions to our problems exist in the natural world. And that there are many brilliant people aligning with them, using the principles and ethos of biomimicry to solve problems. It is Nature-centric rather than Human-centric. You’ll find many inspiring examples HERE... Learning from prairies to grow food in resilient ways…Learning from coral to create colorful textiles…
The principles of Biomimicry add a new consideration in our ever-improvising, always-searching-for-solutions selves: Nature as role-model and inspiration…
(It’s a radical shift of focus that takes practice. We got a good start here...)
Moving images via Earth Hour, an international campaign organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature to raise awareness about climate, biodiversity, and nature.