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What Would Nature Do, by Trista Patterson

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What Would Nature Do, by Trista Patterson

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

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