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Ask the Planet: Introducing Children to Biomimicry through Music

asktheplanet.jpgNominated by Hesseltje S. van Goor

My grant goes to the Biomimicry Institute and their new children’s CD, Ask the Planet and its sister-website, As Bioneers Radio Show host/producer Neil Harvey describes it:

a musical celebration of nature’s genius … designed to connect children to nature, create a sense of awe for the environment, and teach them about the concepts of biomimicry.

Coming at a time where climate crisis has gained international recognition, the field of Biomimetics has done more than simply provide us with new consumer products such as Velcro and eco-friendly, self-cleaning paint. By looking to nature for answers, it has effectively engaged nature directly in a global dialogue about humanity's place on this planet and the planet's true place in what could be the future economy of our planet. (Learn more about biomimicry here, here and here).

Initiatives such as the Ask the Planet CD do more than just connect children to nature through music. By alerting children to the fact that an ecologically diverse planet may help us develop more sustainable technologies and a stronger economy (through capitalising on all the things we can learn from nature), we are nourishing the idea that fostering the world's ecosystems = profit, and perhaps more importantly, inviting those who are set to inherit this Earth to become involved with finding solutions to the environmental, economic, political and moral dilemmas of our time.

You can listen to excerpts of the CD here and view the official newspage here.

This piece is part of Worldchanging's Attention Philanthropy campaign. All week long, the Worldchanging Network will be delivering "attention grants" to worthy projects, individuals, resources and more. You can learn more about these gifts of notice and find other entries by clicking here.

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Thank you so much for nominating these two projects from The Biomimiicry Institute. Biomimicry really can change the world, in a real, grounded, practical and beautiful way. Your presentation of it in it's true meaning -- not just velcro and the next smart robot -- but truly about sustainability is what inspires me so much. Thank you for sharing the hope with your community of viewers.

Posted by: Emily Harrington/The Biomimicry Institute on 13 Jul 09

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