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  • Mindset shifts or inflection points….points to intervene in the system
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    • 1. Boom, Bust, Bailout: What Would Nature Do?
      Dr. Trista Patterson (and friends)
    • 2. Cost Per Household
      1970$51
      1975 $132
      1980 $50
      1984 $111
      1989 $3,159
      2008 $8,749
    • 3. Ecological Footprint (Vertical Axis) Versus the Human Development Index (Horizontal Axis)
      __
      _
      Wackernagel et al 2007
    • 4. BOOM
      Part I:
    • 5. Economic System
      Energy & Material
      Waste
    • 6. Economic System
      Energy & Material
      Waste
    • 7. Economic Subsystem
      Energy & Material Inputs
      Waste Emissions
      Recycling
    • 8. Economic Subsystem
      Energy & Material Inputs
      Waste Emissions
      Recycling
    • 9. Travel time to major cities
      Nelson (U. Sheffield): EU / Worldbank
    • 10. GDP is a specialized tool
      Includes: activity
      Excludes: Quality
      Net Exports
      Consumption Expenditures
      Government Expenditures
      Built Capital
      Natural resource assets
      Ecosystem Services
      Social Capital
      Democracy
      Education
      Planetary limits
      Quality of life
      Pollution
    • 11. Land area
      Courtesy: Worldmapper
    • 12. Total population
      Courtesy: Worldmapper
    • 13. Biocapacity
    • 14. Ecological Footprint
      Worldmapper /Global Footprint Network
    • 15. Luxury Goods (Net Import)
      Courtesy: Worldmapper
    • 16. Fast Food Restaurants
    • 17. Timber Imports
      Courtesy: Worldmapper
    • 18. BUST
      Part II:
    • 19. Forest Loss
      Courtesy: Worldmapper
    • 20. Ecological Footprint of Imports to EU 27
      from TOP 20 trading partners, 2005
    • 21. Vision: Living off the Interest
      Natural Capital
    • 22. Ecosystem Services
    • 23. Societal Demands
    • 24. Holy Crap! What the heck is he doing?!
      SocialPerception
    • 25. Unintended Consequences
    • 26. Rockström et al. Nature, Oct. ‘09
      Climate Change
      Ozone depletion
      ?
      Phosphorus flow
      Latest
      data
      Atmospheric aerosol load
      ?
      ?
      90-00
      ?
      Ocean acidity
      Nitrogen flow
      70-80
      ?
      50-60
      Biodiversity loss
      Freshwater consumption
      ?
      Pre-
      Ind.
      Chemical
      pollution
      Agricultural
      land use
      F.T.Chapin, U AK Fairbanks
    • 27. Ecological Creditors and Ecological Debtors
    • 28. Ecological Creditors and Ecological Debtors
    • 29. BAILOUT?
      Part III:
    • 30. Collapse is integral to Resilience
      See crisis as opportunity
      Incorporate Prior Mistakes. Vision.
      Embrace the chaos.
      Seed.
      Fertilize innovation that respects boundary cond.
      Holling & Gunderson 1999, Westley 2008
    • 31. What WOULD NATURE DO?
      Part IV:
    • 32. Biomimicry: Nature as model, measure and mentor.
    • 33. Life friendly materials/
      Benign manufacturing
      Lotusan® paint
      M.Zanowick/US EPA/Biomimicry Inst.
    • 34. Lightweighting – Scots PineTrunks and branches of trees withstand external stresses through load-adaptive growth.
    • 35. Eco-machine
      Wastewater treatment without chemicals
      Dr. John Todd (UVM)/ M. Zanowick US EPA / Biomimicry Inst.
    • 36. Architecture: Learning from termites how to create sustainable buildings.
      Passive Climate Control in the EastgateBuilding, Harare Zimbabwe
      M. Zanowick, US EPA & Biomimicry Inst.
    • 37. all
      OPs
      More
      OPs
      few
      OPs
      regenerative = provides ecosystem services
      sustainable =
      net zero (minimum)
      LEEDS
      “green” =
      better than average
      conventional = status quo
      M. Zanowick, US EPA / Biomimicry Inst.
    • 38. Nature would:
      • Benign in Growth, Products and Manufacturing
      • 39. Optimize rather than maximize
      • 40. Eliminate waste
    • What Does this have to do with Wilderness?
      Part IV:
    • 41. Wilderness exhibits ‘genius of place’
      in a way which is uniquely attuned to
      boundary conditions.
    • 42. Optimize rather than maximize.
      Humans are K selected species, living an r-selected strategy
      @Bio.miami.edu
    • 43. Genius of place: functional adaptations of the characteristic species and ecosystem relationships in that habitat.
    • 44. Define/Adhere to Operating Parameters
      “Climate” conditions
      “Nutrient” conditions
      “Social” conditions
      “Temporal” conditions
    • 45. Diversify Strategy. Live like K-selection counts.
    • 46. Respect Carrying Capacity
    • 47. Earth Overshoot Day:
      Sept 25th, 2009
      Re-tune the antennae
    • 48. Nature would:
      • Stabilize population and consumption.
      • 49. Locally attuned and responsive
      • 50. Re-tune our Feedback loops
      • 51. Respect Operating Parameters.
      • 52. Co-evolve with ‘genius of place’.
    • Examine the supply chain.
    • 53. Use simple, common building blocks. Local currency. Renewable Energy.
    • 54. Nature would:
      • Self Organize/ Optimize Network Efficiency
      • 55. Be resilient.
      • 56. Incorporate prior mistakes.
      • 57. Leverage interdependence/cooperation
      • 58. Create Feedback Systems.
    • Optimize rather than maximize. Eliminate Waste.
    • 59. Network Efficiency.
    • 60. Incorporate past mistakes.
    • 61. Be Resilient.
    • 62. Account value in relationships versus transaction.
    • 63. Nature would:
      Be resilient.
      Incorporate Prior Mistakes.
      Leverage Interdependence.
      Create Feedback Systems.
    • 64.
    • 65. Care.
    • 66. Widen the circle of concern.
    • 67. Do whatever necessary to maintain an open heart.
    • 68. Speak in such a way that it opens others.
    • 69. Nature would:
      Vision
      Care
      Love
    • 70. Nature Would:
      Incorporate prior mistakes.
      Respect Operating Parameters
      Co-evolve with ‘genius of place’.
      Develop. Isolate and control malignant growth.
      Bank on Natural Capital.
      Live off the interest.
      Focus antennae on indicators of true success.
    • 71. Start where you are. Do what you can. Use the gifts you have. It’s in your nature.
    • 72. Start where you are. Do what you can. Use the gifts you have. It’s in your nature.
      Share!
      Trista.Patterson@gmail.com