How Biomimicry Can Change Our Relationship To Nature
with Biomimicrist & BBC cameraman, Will Lawson.
For almost 4 billion years life has been evolving to survive on Earth, managing challenges and opportunity alike. As a result, the hard learnt lessons to our own survival are within species we see all around us. Since our arrival, we have spent the vast majority of our existence as a part of this natural system, able to see the effect of our actions and interactions with other species. Biomimics recognise this and actively seek to reconnect with our natural system, as we once did, to discover answers to our own human challenges.
By reconnecting with nature, it becomes clear, we are not the first species to build, capture energy, clean water, manage waste or, attempt any of our worldly challenges. So, through the lens of biomimicry and with the help of modern day technology, we have an opportunity to mimic and innovate with lessons from nature, more than ever before. But not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of the entire natural system.
Plants and fungi play an integral role in our natural systems, collectively and in isolation. The potential for learning in these organisms alone, almost seems endless.
The penultimate video in the Plant Consciousness Series.
We recommend watching the videos in order, to take the journey of the Series programme.
Will has had a strong affiliation with the natural world, both personally and professionally for many years. He spent his 20’s working in conservation and as game ranger in Southern Africa. This deepened his understanding and appreciation for the natural world on land and in the ocean. It was during this time his passion for biomimicry started and where he helping to establish Biomimicry throughout the country from schools to government. His belief in what we can gain as a species from nature-inspired innovation continues back here in the UK. In the last 5 years, having returned to his indigenous home in the UK, Will works as a free-lance director in wildlife television, spending 2017 stationed in Antarctica filming Emperor penguins.
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