Dr. Lynn Oliphant presents "Nature as a Model for Human Sustainability" at the recent Solar Fair in Craik, SK.
Lynn was the one who turned Craik on to the idea of showcasing sustainable building and an eco-village as a way of saving this small prairie town.
Now, some five years later, the Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP) has to its credit spearheaded the Eco-centre, eco-village, bio-filtration water plant, and much much more.
Kelly Reinhardt and Bridget Haworth of boilingfrog have made Craik their home since Earth Day 2007. When they're not busy with extensive home renovations and planning for new construction, you can find them involved with many community events (like the upcoming Greenhouse Workshop series, fall 2008), or simply cooking their dinner in one of two solar ovens.
(0:00 - 1:41) intro
(1:42 - 2:55) Lynn shares his experience at a recent banquet for the Sasskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association how people from all over the world are focussed on Craik.
(2:56 - 4:18) "Society is at the graduate schooll level with respect to our abilities to use science and technology to expand the the human enterprise; remove limits to growth; mine the planet for resources.... but, we're still at the kindergarten level when it comes to understanding what it really means to live sustainably on the planet."
(4:19 - 6:33) "The only ststems we know that have been sustainable for any length of time are natural systems."
(6:34 - 12:50) What are the basic principles of natural systems?
(12:51 - 13:22) "our society is structured as if the natural world did not exist at all."
(13:23 - 14:59) "If we're going to have a sustainable society we have to move rapidly towards renewable energy sources."
(15:00 - 16:55) "disease is the way that ecosystems ensure that populations don't get out of hand."
(16:56 - 18:43) "using pesticides the way we do is like addressing crime in New York city with an atom bomb."
(18:44 - 19:12) "we're in the throws of the biggest biodiversity crisis the world has ever seen."
(19:23 - 20:29) extro
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