Ecological Adaptation by Human Settlements


Outline

Title change

The original title was 'Ecological adaptation of human settlements'. However, later I realized that it was the way the human settlement acted in the ecosystem that was the important issue. Then I changed the title to the one above.

   
Discussed in section
Thermodynamic basis Principles of living systems
1
  Nested systems
2
 

Ecological development

driving forces
general changes

2,1

Sustainability  
Ecological systems are our best models for sustainable systems
Ecological adaptation - how?
To be a supportive part of your supportive supersystem is a good survival strategy
(Ecological adaptation - why?)
By that, you can set up some basic rules for sustainability
Sustainability, like other forms of functionality is a multi-leveled quality. Some of the constituting qualities are more basic than other. If a basic quality is not fulfilled, the fulfilment of other qualities is not enough.
"Seaworthiness"
"Sustainability"

Serious problems for sustainability:

Dependence on energy storage
Breaks rule 1a

3,4
 
6
   

Possible methods for (ecological) survival Permaculture, taking an active part in the development of your supersystem
5
  Increasing nutrient recycling capacity
6
  Decreasing dependence on energy storages

These changes can be undertaken in a different settlement structure  

Ecological settlement

Structure is not enough, however. Lifestyles must also be looked upon
Then, you might find methods to a prosperous way down
Some combination of the qualities lifestyle and settlement density might give higher sustainability, as in the upper right corner A large part of the current population, however, exists in the lower part of the square
Ruralisation, indicating both lifestyle and settlement density changes, might be a road to higher sustainability




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Updated:
2013-01-06