Human are the best thing and the worst thing to happen to planet Earth. We are the pinnacle of evolution and we are the scourge that threatens all life on the planet. In time (millions or billions of years), evolution will handle all perturbations, but as occupants and parents at this point in time, we need to find a better way to help keep nature in balance, and by so doing keep ourselves in balance. If we could reverse engineer nature’s solutions to disturbance, we could plan our own disturbances so that they wouldn’t alter the cycles and flows that surround and support us. However, so far, the complexity of those natural solutions is often daunting and we are left with just roughly trying to copy them. Like a novice that doesn’t understand the dance, but just moves body parts in awkward imitation, we hope that the outcome will have the same effect on the audience.
What lessons can we take from observing natural disturbance? Pick one from the list (“natural disturbance regime” above) and see if you can imagine a parallel human activity that could benefit from natures solution. Then think about a specific natural waste, and imagine how we might use that example.