Hey fellow biomimics!
For those who were not aware, Cape Town has a SERIOUS drought problem. http://www.capetownetc.com/news/cape-town-drought-crisis-dam-levels/
Thankfully various initiatives are underway to bring people together who are willing and able to find different ways to solve, or at least minimize, the water crisis we are facing.
Biomimicry South Africa is working closely with the Water Research Commission (WRC) to create sustainable solutions and innovations to our current water challenges. They have a National Biomimicry Workshop on 22 September 2017 in Cape Town – please feel free to attend this FREE event and share this with anyone who is interested in getting involved in solving our water crisis. https://www.biomimicrysa.co.za/upcoming-events/2017/9/22/national-biomimicry-workshop
Life’s Principles is a Biomimicry tool which was created through pulling together overarching “patterns” found among the species surviving and thriving on Earth. One of the Principles I find very relevant to solving our water crisis in Cape Town is “Be locally attuned and responsive”.
When trying to solve a challenge one should understand the context in which the problem exists. If we want to solve the Drought problem in Cape Town, a good place to start is to understand our local context. How can we leverage cyclic processes specifically relevant to Cape Town? How can we optimally use materials and energy that are readily available in Cape Town? What feedback loops should we be aware of or start creating? What cooperative relationships can we cultivate to encourage win-win interactions?
I have conducted loads of research about drought and water issues for different Locations – feel free to have a look and share our reports containing Nature inspired solutions to water issues in Deserts (https://biomimicrycapetowncoza.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/bmy-580_team-drought-final-project-callori-madden-van-der-walt.pdf) and the Amazon (https://biomimicrycapetowncoza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/amazongob_final_aligned-pptx.pdf).
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu
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