Janine Benyus
Inspired by Nature
Life creates conditions conducive to life. It builds soil; it cleans air; it cleans water; it mixes the cocktail of gases that you and I need to live. And it does that in the middle of having great foreplay and meeting their needs. So it’s not mutually exclusive. We have to find a way to meet our needs, while making of this place an Eden.
What if, every time I started to invent something, I asked, 'How would nature solve this?'
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.
Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature. In a society accustomed to dominating or 'improving' nature, this respectful imitation is a radically new approach, a revolution really. Unlike the Industrial Revolution, the Biomimicry Revolution introduces an era based not on what we can extract from nature, but on what we can learn from her.
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.