As I delve deeper in to the wonders of social and environmental sustainability, thanks to the high influences of my co-workers in our department, another aspect of environmental sustainability actually got my attention. That, of course, is industrial ecology and biomimicry.
What the heck are those two things. Well, it’s a concept (or concepts) in which we create our own new systems by copying or being inspired by the natural processes of living creatures in the world around us. Since the human race throughout history just don’t really know (or don’t really care) how on earth we use the resources provided to us by mother nature herself. As of this moment, slowly and gradually, the earth is dying because of… well… us.
We could learn a lot from animals and other creatures co-existing with us in this world. A lot to learn, to be exact. Even the major experts and scientists of biology, bioengineering, and any other nature-related science are aware of many behaviors and systems that each living thing possess that can be proven beneficial to our human lives. We can develop different “man-made” systems that we can adopt to our daily lives in terms of using our natural resources wisely based on the fundamentals of these living things. Not only that it can save lives of every single living creature in this earth, but it can also save our environment, as well as saving a lot of money.
A good example is that a team of materials scientists from MIT have been observing and researching the mysteries behind an ocean floor snail’s shell. The shell of this particular snail was unlike any other material we’ve known that is used for a standard snail’s very frail shell or even man-made armor used for defense mechanisms of police, firemen, military, etc. The unique structure and material of this particular shell, according to this scientist team, may even help improve and upgrade the current armor used by the military if they can simply duplicate its structure or mimic the natural material used on this snail’s shell. Sure, it may not be “original” if you think of it, but for those who are unaware of natural science, they may think it’s pure genius. More info regarding this example is found at the Biomimicry News website.
You can find more discoveries and theories of industrial ecology and biomimicry at the Biomimicry News site and witness the ideas that these experts have come up with. Sure, it’s far from having these possibilities accomplished now, but whent the time comes, innovations such as these to support environmental sustainability can come true.
And that would be it for now. It’s a Hodgepodge entry so it’s a short entry. Getting ready to go home now. Yay for the world!
I know it’s too late but I just wanna say Happy Birthday to Sho Sakurai of ARASHI. So what about his so-called “perfect body”— it seems that’s all these menacing fangirls care about. Sho to me is a whole lot more than just a “perfect body”. He’s a diligent, intelligent person who knows his stuff from his general common sense knowledge around the world as well as his rhymin’ and entertaining skills. WTF, really. May you have many more birthdays to come, Sho-kun~!