Solar based ecological restoration and biomimicry


Posted on Feb 18, 2011



Michael Pawlyn explains the genius in nature that we could use to achieve factor 100 savings in resources. Three big changes we need:

  1. radical resource efficiency
  2. from linear to closed loop systems
  3. solar power driven processes

Ideas from nature can allow us to reduce resource requirements. The Eden Project created a massive greenhouse with alternative materials to glass that made the entire structure weigh less than the air inside.

We could transform the waste in cities to a closed loop resource recycling process. Cycles of food, waste and energy can be combined to transform linear systems into closed loop systems. Sahara greenhouse projects are find ways to de-salinate sea water, including the damaging waste from desalination plants, in order to create resources and reverse desertification.





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