Planetary boundaries

In designing our human systems, we have not been smart so far. Nature is continuously developing through evolution. We humans fix everything for as long as possible and design products with a limited lifespan without considering waste. In addition, we often apply band-aids instead of redesigning something completely.

 

The consequences

Due to the above reasons, we are now running into problems with planetary boundaries. Biodiversity has declined a great deal (75% fewer insects in Germany and the Netherlands) and the cycles of nitrogen and phosphate have been broken with huge consequences. Climate change is causing instability of weather, floods, hurricanes and forest fires.

It is time to implement solutions inspired by nature which are benificial for mankind (economical and social) and our planet.

Bron afbeelding / Image source

Source: J. Lokrantz/ Azote based on Steffen et al. 2015.

Bron afbeelding / Image source

Source: J. Lokrantz/ Azote based on Steffen et al. 2015.

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References

Steffen. W. (2015, 14 febuari). Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. accessed on 5 november 2021, from https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.1259855

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