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Biomimicry Featured in Harmony Documentary – Showing on NBC

Posted by on 16 Nov 2010 | Tagged as: biomimicry, climate change, video


Janine was invited to meet with Prince Charles some years ago – and clearly her message resonated. This Friday, Nov 19 NBC  will be showing “Harmony”, a documentary inspired by Prince Charles and featuring Janine talking about how biomimicry:

Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, HARMONY captures on film in a way we’ve never seen before, an authentic leader on critical global issues. For the better part of three decades, The Prince of Wales has worked side by side with a surprising and dynamic array of environmental activists, business leaders, artists, architects and government leaders. They are working to transform the world, address the global environmental crisis and find ways toward a more sustainable, spiritual and harmonious relationship with the planet.  From organic farms, to the rainforests of British Columbia, to rare footage of HRH interviewing Al Gore about climate change in 1988 – Harmony introduces viewers to a new and inspiring perspective on how the world can meet the challenges of climate change globally, locally and personally.

We Should Be Scared, Very scared…

Posted by on 13 Sep 2010 | Tagged as: climate change


As I’ve said before I prefer to write about solutions, but from time to time it is worth restating the case for alternatives to the modern industrial complex as we know it…

The scientists are concerned because there were several extreme events around the world this year, some happening at the same time — the extraordinary heatwave and wildfires in Russia, monsoons and flooding in Pakistan, landslides caused by heavy rain in China, and the separation of a large iceberg from the Greenland ice sheet. Add to these the droughts and fires in Australia, and a record number of hot days on the East coast of the U.S.  Continued at SmartPlanet.

Towards A Resilience Pattern Language

Posted by on 14 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: climate change, guides, research & reports


If climate goes the way most scientists predict, then “resilience” is a word we’ll read ever more often. Last weekend I attended  “Design 4 Resilience” and here is an example of what emerged:

Chris Byrne, a participant at D4R last Saturday, has catalyzed D4R’s first informal workgroup to discover a resilience pattern language. Chris’ curiosity, dialog skills, and insightful contributions to discussion inspired Peter+Trudy Johnson-Lenz, who blog at People & Place, to share their index of design philosophies for Chris to work with. They graciously agreed to share their index with Shareable. Thank you PTJL. See any patterns in these philosophies? Please share your observation in comments.

More Use – Less Stuff part 2

Posted by on 15 Nov 2009 | Tagged as: climate change, enablers, events


I’m just back from Green Festival buzzing with new ideas, renewed energy and a few new connections to followup.

See if you can find the common thread on just three of the exhibitors: Yes, back to my earlier post about getting more from less. I believe this is a powerful meme that needs to be spread far and wide. Today the brightest brains and deepest pockets are almost exclusively focused on creating MORE stuff. I’d argue that in many ways (though of course not all) we already have enough stuff, and intstead we need focused attention on making much better use of what we have already extracted, processed, packaged and put into use.

Technology: the web, and more particularly smartphones are central enablers. Hmm…I have a bit experience in those fields that could be put to use!

And a second thread: if we’re going to create more stuff then lets make sure folks have read Cradle to Cradle and taken a course in Biomimicry!

You’ll find my updated work-in-progress presentation at Feedback and more examples welcome!

Posted by on 10 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: climate change, energy efficiency


In a rousing opening address at this year’s Bioneers conference, event co-founder Kenny Ausubel outlined his vision:

“…to re-imagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations.” He went on to highlight biomimicry as “arguably the single most important design strategy to shoot the rapids of the next ten years.”

You can read Kenny’s complete address at The Huffington Post.

Giving Nature a Nudge to Calm Climate Change

Posted by on 20 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: biomimicry, climate change

Jay Harman announces The COMMET Project

This morning at the Biomimicry Climate Change Conference, Jay Harman (founder of PAX Scientific) announced The COMMET Project. More info to follow – this could be a critical breakthrough as the window of opportunity to create the long-term solutions is closing rapidly.

Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

Posted by on 13 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: books, climate change

Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

One of the key things that attracted me to the field of biomimicry was that it showed in very clear terms the value of protecting biodiversity. I just heard the authors of “Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity” interviewed on PRI’s Living on Earth and thought it well worth sharing:

Variety isn’t just the spice of life…it’s essential for life. According to the new book “Sustaining Life, How Human Health Depends upon Biodiversity,” we need birds, bugs, and bacteria a lot more than they need us. We use them for medicines, biomedical and agricultural research, and new materials.

And from the book’s publisher: The Earth’s biodiversity-the rich variety of life on our planet-is disappearing at an alarming rate. And while many books have focused on the expected ecological consequences, or on the aesthetic, ethical, sociological, or economic dimensions of this loss, Sustaining Life is the first book to examine the full range of potential threats that diminishing biodiversity poses to human health.

Check it out now at Oxford University Press, Amazon or your favorite book seller.

Conference: Biomimicry’s Climate-Change Solutions

Posted by on 21 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: biomimicry, climate change, energy, energy efficiency, events, water

On October 20th, The Biomimicry Institute in conjunction with the annual Bioneers conference will be holding a one-day conference “Biomimicry’s Climate-Change Solutions: How Would Nature Do It?”

This landmark one-day intensive reveals the leading edge of biomimetic solutions to climate change, modeled on nature’s operating instructions. It’s designed for action-oriented professionals from the fields of business, finance and investment, science, technology, public policy, education, media and civil society.

Find out more and sign up now!

CEC Report: Biggest, Easiest CO2 Emissions Cuts…Green Buildings

Posted by on 30 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: climate change, energy, green building, research & reports

As I begin a very expensive green remodel project, its heartening to read this news:

Promoting the green design, construction, renovation and operation of buildings could cut North American greenhouse gas emissions that are fuelling climate change more deeply, quickly and cheaply than any other available measure, according to a new report issued by the trinational Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).

North America’s buildings cause the annual release of more than 2,200 megatons of CO2 into the atmosphere, about 35 percent of the continent’s total. The report says rapid market uptake of currently available and emerging advanced energy-saving technologies could result in over 1,700 fewer megatons of CO2 emissions in 2030, compared to projected emissions that year following a business-as-usual approach. A cut of that size would nearly equal the CO2 emitted by the entire US transportation sector in 2000.

Press release continues…

Read the full report: Green Building in North America: Opportunities and Challenges