Is ‘Biomimicry’ a new solution to the sustainable world?

The world as we know now has advanced in our intelligence manifold. The contemporary scientists see our earth as the only livable planet in our galaxy. Distant to that is our sustenance as the very last surviving planet in the galaxy. We do not have the backup plan. Yet our oblivion keeps on with accelerated speed, disregarding the Mother Nature. “Mother Earth has everything for our need; but no patience for our greed”, (Inconvenient truth) Al Gore ’06.

We have conquered the planet. The industrialization as we see today as brought on a lot of changes unsurpassed by any other arenas of development. We have conquered Mars, gone under marine depth and explored our galaxies. We now know the existence of Black holes and the very nature of how our cells work in molecular levels. The nanotechnology is being developed with the aim that human should survive with no threats. The world as we see today has made profound achievements

Yet, we are still sleeping to the reality that we are part of the larger ecosystem of the earth and that our creations can both injure or heal the landscapes that we call home. We have been so enthralled with the powers of human ingenuity that we have made things just because we can, and so as the human community grows towards a state of wisdom which would considers not just what we can make but why, certain questions flow in. Where are our regard to our precious environment and its sustenance? Where is our plight to our future generation? Where are our moral responsibilities? Where is our regard to the very precious mother earth we call home?

The age old need for innovation is the most basic impetus for the human drive to create new, but our innovations have come priced with our environmental sustainability. Our innovations express volumes about our own resonance, our culture, beliefs and what we value, individually and collectively. They have become norms of social status and taste, significance of wealth and symbols of reposition. This accumulation of meaning has come to obscure the simple fact that innovations exist to help humanity and aid human in various hard labor.

However does it really help us? Are we agreeing to have a temporary relief completely ignoring the plight of future generations?

True, our current economic system has lifted millions of people out of poverty and provides most people in the developed world with a standard of living that royalty could only dream of centuries ago. The problem however is “at its very success, the intensity at which it motivates and finances the exploitation of nature with multitudes of ways to built in and keep the economy growing; often sending us to the boundaries that require accentual realization.” (Building Sustainable and Desirable economy) ‘08; Robert Costanza et al. This has left many of us; the economists, the scientists, researchers and climate change activists at awe. Thus the affricative is not at the larger set of civilization growth, but our mainframe economic system that’s in loop. The question of building a sustainable world is difficult to fathom. At the hindsight; it is inevitable to look at our past.

Our ecosystems and the size of damage done in past decades to centuries is an immense one, relative to the original state these ecosystems were in before the industrial revolution. “Between 1950 to 2003, around 29% of fish species that are frequently caught today had collapsed, defined as their catch being 10% below the recorded maximum” (Worm et al. ‘06). This is no different from vast expanse of our developed societies seeking oils in the tunnels of poor east. These surges on non-renewable resources such as oil and minerals have come long way down the history.

The lack of proper management of the world’s non-renewable stocks and the economic system currently being followed, underlies what I think is part and parcel of general behavior of the human species. We are not capable to deal with these problems by consuming less, we are best at solving a problem by developing new technologies and practices to fix one part of the problem. It is very unlikely that this will continue to work, as you cannot engineer your way out of depletion in the long run.

So what is the exact solution to such problems? Build with nature instead of over and against it. Biomimicry is a promising sign for the future of the human race. The basic premise is that we can learn from and “mimic” structures, materials, and systems that we observe in nature to solve design human problems. Design technology which preoccupy natural facets that nature would accept. This as opposed to the general notion of suppressing our creativity rather makes it beautiful. We can begin by considering the relationship of the parts to the whole and the ways in which our technology can be a part of earth itself; to fit the new technology into a functioning larger system. It would be like developing a tissue cell and patch it to infected area so that the body accepts it as a part of its own system. Thus there may be legitimate positive answers in building a globally sustainable earth in our near future. 

In addition, there has been number of people claiming the general drama of all climate change and carbon emission to be hoax. And that if earth needs to be sustainable we have to be efficient; and the efficiency is best anchored by the technological mandates that quiet pretty much run on the non renewable energy sources. Top meteorologist, John Coleman wrote an open letter to the IPCC, intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that “the ocean is not rising significantly; the polar ice is increasing and not melting away; polar bears are increasing in the number, that heat waves have actually diminished, not increased”; Remarkably he also summed up with “I have studied this topic for several years; it has become political and environmental agenda item; but the science at the background of all this is not valid.” 

With this conjecture; one can worry less; and our capitalist economy and be endearing the further roll. This whole idea makes us believe that whether we act on our consumerism or not, we have nothing to worry because earth itself is a cycle of recyclable pinball with stages of change but comes back to the state of purity. Thus the question of sustainability is out of our excerpt maintaining our requisite to natures fathom to live on. 

In light of the above, the solution to achieve a sustainable human ecosystem lies in developing solutions beyond more than technological change, but also into regulation of extraction to sustainable levels (which means consumption). The question is how to achieve such a sustainable human ecosystem, a system wherein all material and energy flows can endure, instead of being either exhausted or accumulated as waste. Can this be done at a global scale? Probably it cannot, at least not at the level of welfare that we enjoy today. But History taught us of one thing; that human ingenuity surpassed every facet of countless impossibilities. 

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