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The new, 4,000-page Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report paints a stark picture about humanity’s impact on the environment. Quartz did a great job summarizing the report to the following: “global warming is happening, it’s caused by human greenhouse gas emissions, and the impacts are very bad (in some cases, catastrophic).”
Planet Earth and the plants and animals that have existed here for billions of years have been through numerous periods of changing climate, but there have only been 5 mass extinction events throughout the planet’s history. …
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Calling all middle and high school educators! The Youth Design Challenge opened registration today for the 2021–22 program cycle, and you can gain access to engaging instructional models aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) here.
If you’re new to us, the Youth Design Challenge serves as a bridge from core concepts to advanced project-focused learning for students. We equip learners with the tools they need to solve the world’s pressing problems using the teachings of nature.
Our challenge provides a framework for educators of all types to introduce biomimicry as a lens…
Dear biomimics, enthusiasts, changemakers,
As you are reading this — maybe with a cup of coffee in hand, or with a breeze coming through the window — you are a part of an intricate and exquisite system of systems. Everything around you (and within you) is working, rather sneakily, to maintain the careful balance that keeps us all alive.
Biomimicry recognizes the wonder and wisdom within those silent symbioses and encourages us to take note. After years of study and appreciation, biomimics have started to see patterns and repetitions emerging…
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Even without elevators, Shark Tanks, or Dragon’s Dens, the power of consolidating an organization’s mission into a 1-minute speech is undeniable.
Over the course of the 10-week Ray of Hope Prize program, our mentors and advisors help the top nature-inspired startups in the world describe their technology and the problem it addresses. Honing this message is an essential step to gaining traction in a crowded and noisy marketplace.
Here’s a taste of the minute pitches from our 2020 and 2021 cohorts.
For more on the Ray of Hope Prize and our finalists, visit biomimicry.org/rayofhopeprize.
The movement to be more sustainable and to ‘go green’ has finally become a priority in many areas of the world. It has encouraged thousands of people to reevaluate the choices they are making and the many rippling impacts that those choices have. Many are demanding changes to the economy and industries that they purchase from to help them achieve sustainability goals.
One essential industry that has experienced some of these impacts is agriculture. Environmentally-minded people recognize the imperativeness of food production, but they also see the powerful impacts that…
As the examples on AskNature.org show us, the natural world is full of wisdom that has led to innovations across countless disciplines. Again and again, we find nature serves as a source of inspiration when solving well-defined design problems.
“Well-defined” is key here. Architects, engineers, and inventors all start the biomimicry design process by first defining the problem they want to solve. Only then can they look to nature to learn how similar problems have been solved before.
But what happens when we struggle to define our area of focus…
How often do you think about the materials that are in your clothing?
When my team at Conservation X Labs first set out to design a new innovation competition to combat microplastic pollution, I hardly ever gave the materials in my clothing a second thought. But since we first began our dive into understanding the best opportunities to stop microplastics at the source, it is something I think about every day.
My team quickly learned about the largest source of primary microplastic pollution: microfiber shedding from synthetic textiles. Months of…
Over the last several decades, the harmful impact of humanity on the natural world has become impossible to ignore. Plastic waste is overwhelming our landfills and oceans, and climate change has led to higher global temperatures, widespread drought, and more scary realities. The wasteful habits of humankind are also impacting the very livelihoods of countless global citizens: overpopulation, extreme poverty, and food insecurity are just a few of society’s ills that can be linked to human behavior, both directly and indirectly.
Interestingly, nature is a crucial part of solving these…
This question arrived in my inbox a few months ago:
“Hi Learn Biomimicry. What is the difference between your course and the Arizona State University MSc?” … “Well… We both teach biomimicry, but at different scales. Ours is a distilled short course. Their course involves an additional 4 years, $30 000 and a Master’s degree qualification. May I ask; what is it that you’re looking for?”
“We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.” — Albert Einstein
This quote demonstrates simply and perfectly how much nature has to offer the world in terms of beauty, scientific discoveries, and even healthcare solutions. Biomimicry, or the practice of learning from and mimicking natural processes in solving human design challenges, is the application of these offerings towards addressing real-world problems.
Biomimicry may have the potential to build immunities, cure illnesses, and prevent diseases with the right application. …