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Co-evolution in Big History: A Transdisciplinary and Biomimetic Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Javier Collado Ruano presenting at International Big History Association Conference, 14-17 July 2016 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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A Transdisciplinary and Biomimetic Approach
to the Sustainable Development Goals

Co-evolution in Big History
Dr. Javier Collado Ruano
Introduction
The main intention is to identify the strategies and operational principles of life to apply them
biomimetically
to solve complex problems as the “
Sustainable Development Goals
” (SDG) proposed by the United Nations for the year 2030.
The objective of this paper is
to study the co-evolutionary processes
that
life
has developed over billions of years in the context of “
Big History
”.
Biomimicry finds in Big History a perfect theoretical model to understand how humanity must co-evolve in harmony with nature.
Methodology
What is
biomimicry
?
The term
biomimicry
comes from the ancient Greek
bios
,
life
, and
mīmēsis
,
imitation
.
Biomimicry uses an
ecological standard
to judge the correctness of our innovations. After
3.8 billion years of co-evolution
, nature has discovered what works, what is appropriate, and what endures.

Biomimetic Revolution begins an era based not on what we can extract from the natural world, but what we can learn from it.
Bioinspiration to solve problems
Transdisciplinary
Methodology
Big History
Theoretical Framework
Biomimetic
Approach
July 14-17, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nature as model, measure, and mentor
A Brief Summary of Human Co-evolution on Earth
Nature is the most sustainable model
After
3.8 billion years of co-evolution
, nature knows what works.
Biomimetics
allow us to integrate harmonically the sociosphere and the technosphere with the
biosphere
.
CO-EVOLUTION
on EARTH
Agricultural
Revolution
Industrial
Revolution
With
industrialization
, social systems co-evolved to facilitate development through the exploitation of coal and petroleum.
That’s why SDG are so important in Big History.
Social systems no longer co-evolved to interact more effectively with environmental systems.
Human race
has had a profound
impact
on the climate and environment of the
Earth
.

new geological era – the
Anthropocene
.
Resource: WWF.
Resource: WWF.
Anthropocene - Human Footprint on Earth
Social Footprint
Planetary Apartheid
: "China, USA, India, Japan, and the European Union use 75% of biocapacity. The other countries only have 25% of the planet´s biocapcity to develop" (Worldwatch Institute, 2006).
Social Footprint
The
richest 1% of the world population
has more wealth than the remaining 99% (...). In 2015, only 62 people have the same wealth that 3,600 million people (the poorest half of humanity) (OXFAM, 2016: 2).
Looking into the Future...
CHRONIC SHORTAGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Nature is the only “business company” that has never failed after 3.8 billions years...
Nature in main religions
Outside and Inside Dimensions of Human Condition
Interreligious
Dialogue
Intra-religious
Dialogue
Conclusions: Learning to Co-evolve in Cosmodernity
A new sustainable and resilient paradigm emerges from all those ecological principles.
Big History
constitutes the requisite ground for a new era in the
Anthropocene
, which I call “
Cosmodernity
.”
Stop exploiting nature to learn from it
Conclusions: Learning to Co-evolve in Cosmodernity
Biomimicry as meta-model in Big History context
We must learn from ecosystem processes that are co-evolving in the
Big History
to copy them, imitate them, and perfect them with the main goal to achieve the
SDG
.
Symbiosis between citizens from the North and the South
Transdisciplinary bridges between natural sciences and social sciences
Science, arts, and spirituality converges in the biomimetic vision
SDG are a civilizing ultimatum
Postulating that human quality levels can be measured by
GDP
represent an intellectual fraud of
danger consequences
in the era of global ecological crisis.
Capitalism is incompatible with the SDG
We must
respect
biophysical limits of Nature´s regeneration
(communism, anarchism, and socialism have also failed...)
www.javiercolladoruano.com
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