Ecologically functional design based on how nature works is not only better for the environment but also more economically efficient and cost effective because it minimises the need for external inputs whilst constantly increasing the overall production and diversity of yields over time.
It puts in place a design that has long term benefits but is implemented in small manageable increments, keeping a long term vision with short term steps to make the overall success of any endeavour more definite and achievable. Through eco design we consciously reverse our negative impact on nature and instead utilise nature and her model to move in a regenerating direction, building soil rather than depleting it, and rehydrating and desalinating land with rainwater rather than just drying it out.
We create systems that work more like living organisms, cycling their own humidity, nutrients and materials, and encouraging their own natural immune system of plant and predator species that keep all pests in check. They become living, breathing entities that kindly give to us, as their stewards and carers, an abundance of all sorts of surplus valuable biological materials such as a large variety of delicious food, medicine, fibre, building materials, animal feed, bedding and much more. At the same time these systems help us cycle our own waste and find biological solutions to the problems we face in these very important times.
When we say the word ecosystem we often look up and all around us at the plants, insects and animals species but rarely do we look below our feet which is in fact from where it all comes from - in one gram of healthy living soil is the most evolved, diversely interactive and interdependent ecosystem on our planet. It is on this that we should be modelling our systems, looking more closely at the interactions between species, whilst always keeping a close eye on the soil from which they grew out of and will in time go back to.
In this way we could be taking care of the earth and all plants and creatures we share it with, making space for all because none are more or less important and all are needed to keep the health of the overall system and in turn our own health.