Out from the Cave and into the Sunlight

Why is it that, nine times out of ten, when I walk outside I feel refreshed and clear-headed? Maybe it’s the fact that I’m no longer surrounded by artificial light and sound? Or maybe it’s because outside is where we humans feel the most comfortable. Nature incorporated in technology is a concept that I had never considered it a possibility until reading the article about biomimicry. So far, biomimicry has been the most intriguing thing that we have learned about this semester and I just love that it’s all about taking what we already have and seeing how things work naturally and then using those ideas to create new technology that benefits our society in many different ways. To think, that we could just walk outside and discover how something works in our backyard and then use that new information to create something new is fascinating. A wonderful example of how biomimicry could change our society is based off of what bees do. I hate bees. The threat of them in the summer keeps me inside a lot and no matter how many people tell me that they’re not going to harm me if I’m calm I still don’t believe it. However, it’s undeniable that the role they have in pollinating plants is much needed, especially because their population is shrinking. So just think for a moment. Imagine. How amazing would it be if as humans we could learn a lesson from how bees work and solve a few puzzles or make technology we already have that much more efficient? I mean, if anyone told me this before reading about biomimicry I would have thought they were crazy. The thing is, biomimicry, using nature and seeing how it works successfully is such a simple and logical thing that we have all but glossed over the idea until recent years. If we could spread the word faster about biomimicry I think that our perspectives about how the world works would change quite a bit.

The biomimicry article blew me out of the water and I loved reading it because it was so simply explained and is very relevant to sustainability as it can offer us millions of ideas about how to make our living more sustainable no matter where we live. The concept of biomimicry from Benyus’ article is very useful because it gives new insights about another way to go about sustainable practices and is something that is accessible to almost anyone. For example, the normal things that people often think of sustainable such as recycling, buying organic, and using less electricity are not things that everyone can do or have access to. However, with biomimicry, anyone can go outside wherever they live and take ideas away from their surroundings and possibly change the way they’re living.

The article, “Closing the Loops in Commerce” by Benyus was very confusing and I did not find it particularly relevant to sustainability. There were certain parts of the reading such as the weed metaphors that were interesting to read about and made sense but it seemed like a little bit of a stretch trying to connect it with what’s going on in class. The article was not completely useless but it just wasn’t something that I feel I learned a lot from.

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