Our Planet is an incredibly complex and fragile system of networks that are interconnected and have interacted and evolved for millions of years. Nature has been reusing the same water for millions of years. The water is cleaned during different natural processes and changes of form. An important function of almost all systems is to ensure their own perpetuity. Another natural process is the photosynthesis which scientists are not able to copy so far as solar energy is transformed into chemical energy. Until now we can only take advantage of solar energy and transform it into electrical energy through photovoltaic solar panels. In order to use this energy when there is no sun, we need batteries, which are still very expensive and not very environmentally friendly. Nature transforms solar energy into chemical energy that can be saved and used when there is no sun.
In the different processes nature is not as efficient. For example photosynthesis uses only 1 to 4 percent of the solar energy it receives each day. There are many varieties of learning from these processes and copying them.
The Blue Economy founded by Guenther Pauli also seeks for ways to imitate nature. It also describes nature as a chain of waterfalls in which each stage receives nutrients from the previous stage and passes nutrients to the next stage. No contamination will be passed on.
- One way to apply this principle is the mechanical aeration in wastewater which is copied from plants. Whereas plants introduce oxygen through their roots to the environment, in mechanical wastewater treatment plants the oxygen is introduced mechanically to reduce contamination.
- The principle of solar thermal panels is derived from the marine iguana. The marine iguana uses its dark skin to heat its body in order to look for food in the colder Ocean. We are applying this principle to heat water for showers in hotels and residential houses. Solar thermal panels capture up to 80% of solar radiation which makes the system much more efficient than solar photovoltaic systems.
- The pink iguana of Isabela Island is teaching us how to live without single-use plastic. This species might be one of the last species in the world that never had contact to plastic debris. We use the iguana in our campaign to promote the use of reusable cups instead of using single-use cups. More information can be found on Instagram iguanacup.
We are working with the German foundation VSOW on reforestation and wildlife protection in Ecuador.
More Information about our joined project Munay Suyu can be found HERE
We are collaborating with the Sacha Warmi Center of the Amazon who are working with indigenous communities to consolidate and reinforce their old knowledge of the plants of the Amazon:
“Here in Amazonia, there are many men and women of knowledge who have not forgotten this critical connection to health. His ways of understanding health and illness, … always emphasize the importance of a balanced and harmonious relationship of an individual with his self, with his social environment, with his natural and supernatural environment. ”
More information can be found on his page HERE.