Tending This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home: The Pope's Encyclical in Dialogue with Ecomimesis, a Design Model for Conservation Stewardship
Lillian C. Woo
the last fifty years, empirical evidence has shown that climate change and
environmental degradation are largely the results of increased world
population, economic development, and changes in cultural and social norms.
Thus far we have been unable to slow or reverse the practices that continue to
produce more air and water pollution, soil and ocean degradation, and ecosystem
decline. This paper analyzes the negative anthropogenic impact on the ecosystem
and proposes a new design solution: ecomimesis, which uses the natural
ecosystem as its template to conserve, restore, and improve existing
ecosystems. Through its nonintrusive strategies and designs, and its goal of
preserving natural ecosystems and the earth, ecomimesis can become an integral
part of stabilizing and rehabilitating our natural world at the same time that
it addresses the needs of growing economies and populations around the world.