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By Steven Gloss

Janine Beynus and Charles Eisenstein are innovative thinkers and cultural leaders in the field of environmental sustainability and the health of our planet. Beynus published a remarkable book in 1997 entitled Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, later made into a two-hour public television special narrated by David Suzuki. Eisenstein has published three books: Sacred Economics, The Ascent of Humanity, and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. His forthcoming book Climate: A New Story is the basis for one video to be shown. The video Biomimicry illustrates innovative ways in which nature provides us with low impact, low toxicity, and energy-efficient ways humans can benefit from the amazing designs of other species.

Many scientists and activists foresee a very challenging time ahead due to the impact of human activities on Earth’s climate. Even a few politicians in the US agree, but most do not. Around the world, countries have chosen to take modest to dramatic measures to try and reduce or mitigate the impacts of climate change on humans and other species. Despite these countries’ efforts, the US is promoting continued and expanded use of fossil fuels, including coal. Eisenstein suggests that we have placed too much emphasis on the phenomenon of climate change and greenhouse gases, in essence blinding us to the sustainable ways of living and preserving our planet. Drawing on the wisdom of indigenous peoples, he argues that our species knows better and also knows what to do. Using the Gaia hypothesis, which represents earth as a living organism, Eisenstein encourages us to think and act harmoniously with nature.

The video Biomimicry illustrates some amazing properties of species in nature that are being adapted in modern technologies to produce more harmonious ways for our species (humans) to live on earth. No other species intentionally produces by-products of their way of life that are toxic to themselves as a species. Humans do this routinely and not only risk their own extinction but that of other species and future generations. There are alternative ways of creating beautiful and useful products using less energy and fewer toxic chemicals. Be amazed at how some of the most beautiful colors we can imagine and see in the natural world are created by structure rather than toxic pigments and chemicals. See how water, perhaps our most critical natural resource, can be conserved by harvesting it from the air and by increasing the efficiency of its use by agricultural plants. Learn about companies that are designing processes and products based on highly evolved properties already at work in natural systems.

Both Eisenstein and Beynus will challenge you to think “out of the box” and in ways that can save our planet from more harm. Join our discussion Monday at Occupy SMA for these videos. Our events are free and open to all.


Video and Discussion

Occupy SMA presents:

Alternative Ways to Live in Harmony with Nature

Mon, Jul 23, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel, TV room

Loreto 15, Centro



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