Biomimicry is a new science that models nature's
processes and implements its designs to provide solutions for
sustainable development, industry and research initiatives. Biomimicry
has already provided innovative ways of solving issues relating
to energy engineering and waste re-use.
According to Janine, the more our world looks and functions like
the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home
that is ours, but not ours alone. Biomimics are looking to nature
for specific advice: How will we grow our food? How will we harness
energy? How will we make our materials? How will we keep ourselves
healthy? How will we store what we learn? How will we conduct
business without drawing down nature's capital?
Janine Benyus is a life sciences writer and author of six books,
including her latest, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.
In Biomimicry, she has synthesized work done by scientists, engineers
and designers who are seeking sustainable solutions by mimicking
nature's designs and processes. As a biologist, the question for
Janine is not whether our technology is natural, but how well
adapted it is to life on earth over the long term. Janine is a
graduate of Rutgers University, New Jersey, with degrees in forestry
and writing. Janine lectures widely on science topics and has
worked as a backpacking guide and as a "translator"
of science speak at several research labs. She now writes science
books, teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University
of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wildlands.
An educator at heart, she believes that the better people understand
the genius of the natural world, the more they will want to protect
it (from The Natural
Edge Project www.tnep.net)
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