Common wealth from healthy rivers
Models for innovative design: An exciting
revolution in design is transforming the way we
live on earth. Biomimicry is the quest for
innovation inspired by nature and living systems.
By studying nature's greatest achievements,
scientists and inventors are applying the wisdom
and genius of nature to live more sustainably. As
Janine M. Benyus, author of the book "Biomimicry"
explains, "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. Biomimics are
discovering what works in the natural world, and
more important, what lasts. After 3.8 billion years
of research and development, failures are fossils,
and what surrounds us is the secret to survival"
By protecting river systems and the species that
inhabit them, we are protecting our future options
for better design. We may follow the exquisite
chemistry of a mussel to develop non-toxic,
waterproof adhesives, or copy the spider's
steel-strong silk web.