Alan's life and career has been spent helping "restore soul to science- and not just 'science', but a human culture that has increasingly excised its self from its birthplace, with dire consequences."
He recognizes natural inclusion as "the evolutionary process through which all material form comes into being and diversifies as flow-forms, a co-creation of space and energy in a receptive and responsive relationship." This movement of energy within and throughout space informs the structure and appearance of physical reality (matter).
Whoa.... sounds pretty out of this world but it's more down to Earth than you think, you're even doing it right now! Alan regards natural inclusion as "a fundamental principle that can be discovered and understood by anyone, based on our actual life experience."
What if your body wasn't really "made up of matter" but the matter you call your body was made up of SPACE?
You are infinite space and energy dancing! Natural inclusionality is the awareness of this fundamental principle,
But what does this have to do with sustainability? Our bodies, like natural ecosystems are super, duper energy-efficient and we can learn a lot by observing and modeling the "body language" of Earth's many growth forms. Take Ms. Magpie Ink Cap (Coprinus picacus) for another example, a fungus who grows sustainably, colonizing both energy-rich and energy-scarce areas by remaining fluid, with flexible plans based on local conditions and excellent communication.
(Photograph courtesy of Louise Owen and Erica Bower).
Read more from “Inclusionality and sustainability– attuning with the currency of natural energy flow and how this contrasts with abstract economic rationality”
Check out Alan's awesome artwork and dive deeper into the relationship between natural inclusionality and sustainability by visiting his website!
"[Meeting] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
- Our Common Future
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Are you a DIY kind of person? Follow open sourced instructions to build your own backyard biodigester and start turning your food/yard waste into FREE energy!
Solar C³ities is a nonprofit organization lead by T. H. Culhane, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Urban Planner, and the Director of Climate Change and Sustainability at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. In addition to teaching, Culhane has made a career out of finding innovative solutions to dire food-energy-water issues in places like Cairo, Borneo, and Guatemala. He created Solar C³ities to provide free access to the information and inventions that offer life changing benefits from the most impoverished to the most urbanized communities. This is a mission we share and we want to invite you to our world, where finding solutions can be fun and sustainability can mean affordable energy, beautiful ecosystems, lucrative natural capital, or even delicious food. What does sustainability mean to you? What can you "innovent"?
T.H. Culhane's DIY solar projects and more!
Check out these adorable FlowerTurbines, a small, quiet, and efficient wind alternative that birds can easily see and avoid. Can you imagine the artistry of cities designed with more of these wind trees?
PhytlSigns biosensors can help growers better understand the needs of their plants and even clue them in on how they are 'feeling' by reporting real time health data. These innovative biosensors work in tandem with powerful A.I. in order to decode and diagnose plant stressors before symptoms occur. PhytlSigns can alert growers when plants actually need water, when they require more nutrients, and when they are facing environmental threats like heat/sunlight over exposure, wind stress, fungal/bacterial infections, or insect infestations. We love this product because it can not only detect plant signaling of individual organs (like one leaf), but plant wide information transport and even inter-plant communication.
By returning nutrients to the ground from the biodigester, you can actually build up and maintain fertile soil. Check out T.H. Culhane and crew's biodragon at the Rosebud Continuum Center for an example of a large volume digester!
Using food, animal, human or yard waste to produce fuel and fertilizer eliminates the expense of purchasing synthetic fertilizers and eventually the electric bill!
With biodigester technology and a little 'innovention', even tight urban spaces can go a long way! We're empowering individuals, families and communities to bring cities to life and grow highly productive, beautiful, sustainable lifestyles. Watch examples of permaculture and other urban garden projects in action!
Carbon Sequestration and Forest Management
Both preexisting and newly planted forests must also be maintained in order to effectively sequester carbon, another source for biofuel and natural fertilizer!
Constructed Wetlands for Waste Water Treatment
Wetland plants can effectively remove sewage from municipal water systems with less financial and environmental impacts caused by operating water treatment facilities. Constructed wetlands can also be designed to outline areas with high industrial activity in order to capture pollution at the source and clean up any heavy metals, toxic byproducts, or emissions. All wetland treatment facilities naturally sequester carbon, and in the process of ensuring carbon can't escape back into the atmosphere, trimming maintenance provides a steady source of "food" for biodigesters.
Speaking of waste, what if there wasn't any? Imagine what we could power, grow, or build if we looked at waste as energy.
But what is a nexus and how can we embrace it? We all need food, water and energy. The systems that produce and regulate these things (both natural and man-made) intersect one another and connect all of us. It's all about finding which "outputs" from one system can feed some other system as a new "input." This way, energy on Earth continues to flow and vital resources can be shared equitably among everyone, without straining the natural systems that supply those resources.
Here's an example. Life in our solar system gets energy from a "green" sun. Organisms on Earth evolved to utilize sunlight at its peak wavelength, which is why all chlorophyll based plants are green. Biodigesters maximize the sun's potential energy by harnessing it from our food and other organic waste, turning it into fertilizer for crops that actually restores the soil and clean renewable energy for all of us!
The Earth system is the queen of efficiency. There is no waste in nature. Ever. Humans, as a species, will really come into our own when we adopt this "zero waste" attitude. As true participants in the Earth system and not simply consumers of its resources, we will find that once limited resources become endlessly replenished, providing the opportunity for economic growth and even greater productivity, altogether eliminating global poverty and hunger.
Systemic change begins at the individual level and grows. To make real, lasting change we need empowered, independent, creative and caring individuals to lead the way. YOUR decisions, YOUR purchases, YOUR activism guides the path of our governments, corporations and industries on a global scale. Contact us for ways to volunteer or get involved in the sustainability movement!