Mimicking natural systems is the key to designing intuitive green societies.
An intuitive green society is one that runs on information and not precious resources. This society is one that optimizes instead of maximizes. That doesn’t mean sacrificing business or over-socializing our world. It simply means considering the earth first in order to create a better future for ourselves and future generations.
We can design intuitive green societies by changing the way we construct buildings. Some animals form partnerships in order to optimize space. Why can’t we do the same? Already there are educational programs that help the builders of tomorrow learn to think more like natural beings. Earning a master’s degree in civil engineering can help you take the first steps in learning sustainable building practices such as window glazing and passive solar heating.
One way to create a greener future is through sustainable farming. This is also sometimes referred to as permaculture. Currently, the average agriculture consumer is utterly detached from the source of their food. That needs to change. We can create community plots that encourage people to reconnect with their food resource. By creating new markets for alternative crops such as hemp and perennial shrubs, we can protect the top soil, promote agricultural diversity and make sure that natural systems remain viable. Let’s stop focusing on just wheat, corn, soybeans and palm oil.
Waste as a Resource
A greener society is one that uses waste as a resource. All waste products can be reused or re-purposed in some fashion. Businesses in a greener society will partner with each other so that the waste of one industry becomes the products of another. For example, an auto junk yard can partner with a fashion company so that used tires get recycled into the soles of new shoes. This can create new markets, new jobs and minimize the amount of raw waste in the environment. According to a UK government statistic, only 44% of waste material was recycled in 2014. An intuitive green society is one that focuses on closing that gap.
Designing a greener society will involve using materials sparingly. Humans often create products that are designed to wear out in a short amount of time in a strategy termed planned obsolescence. This is so that companies can quickly sell you new products. Yet this isn’t the hallmark of a green society. One way to achieve this is by leasing products for the period of time you need them and designing multi-functional devices that replace other products in the market. When we create products that are upgradable and/or repairable, then we can reduce the amount of materials taken from the earth for consumers.
Mimicking natural systems is the key to designing intuitive green societies. Natural systems don’t function on any single resource; they diversify and cooperate to create a culture of sustainability. We can build smarter, plant smarter and share resources to ensure that our future remains green.
Anica Oaks, the author of this article, is a freelance writer and web enthusiast.
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