… a culture where quality of life, and generative ecological values are the measure of wealth.
How can we participate in a culture which inspires humans to responsibly steward the planet for future generations of all beings? As the tropics of planet earth are home to a rich profusion of diverse and unique life forms, so the tropics of the imagination are the fertile centre from which springs an infinite diversity of unique thought forms. This resource of inspiration and innovation has been a vital fuel in the evolution of human culture to date. At this time, on the bridge between the juggernaut of history and an uncertain future, imaginative contributions to the ongoing quality of life on earth, for all biological life-forms, is undeniably necessary. This paper sets out to explore international and local trends toward a culture of bio-regional, and by extension, planetary ecological protection, where biodiversity and life-viability are recognised as keys to our future. Proposing that by creatively combining our expertise and resources, creative artists, scientists and engineers can work toward supporting cultural change.
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Natural systems and biodiversity
When we go outside and look into the living environment, whether it be into a small pavement bounded lawn, a public park, a local waterway, or a vast nature reserve, we will notice that there are many things there existing together.
What we know from earth systems science is that for a living environment to be healthy and sustainable it requires as high a degree of biodiversity as it can support. The environments ability to support this biodiversity is a direct measure of its health. When natural systems are healthy, they are constantly changing and evolving, lifeforms are adapting to the prevailing conditions as best they can, some species thrive, others fail and the balance changes over the course of time. What all healthy thriving natural systems have in common is reliable sources of water, integrity of the soil, adaptive vegetation and populations of microbes, fungi, and insects which anchor the food chain for larger plants and animals. In turn these tiny keystone species are dependent upon a conducive environment in which to flourish, so we can see that a natural system is a set of interdependent sub-systems.
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