Domestic EcoSystems

Water cycles throughout the world. It rises as vapor, becomes clouds blowing in the wind, falls as rain, flows in rivers and circulates in ocean currents. It is also drawn into the bodies of plants and animals where it makes up the majority of their body mass. Then water passes out again, as vapor transpiring from leaves, in urine and as moist breath. Constantly moving, in and out, water joins all living things together as it flows between them.

What we know about water cycling between organisms is also true with carbon, nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and all the other elements that life draws on to build its many forms. See: Pattern Integrity 101.

The Earth, as the total of all living things, is a constant exchange of nutrient materials powered with sunlight captured by green plants and passed on to every living creature through the food chain.

A domestic ecosystem is a system that taps into these natural flows of matter and energy to provide the food and shelter needed for individuals and communities to live their lives. See: Most of Life is a Gas.

Central to domestic ecosystems is full cycle nutrient management, where soil based nutrients are respectfully returned to the soil, to nourish the soil life, which feed the plants that feed the cycle, eventually to maintain the bodies of the people who manage the cycles, and to grow their children and their children's children.

Shelter too would be integrated into the cycles. Buildings can capture the Sun's warmth in the winter and escape heat in the shade of trees that grow their leaves to intercept the summer Sun. When heat is needed, beyond what south windows and insulated space can capture, the same energy that plants collect in the summer can be released when needed.

Communities living with domestic ecosystems can endure on their own, or trade with others in a spirit of mutual enrichment, rather than dependency.

As the fossil fuel age draws to a close, communities served by domestic ecosystems will fare far better than those remaining dependent of resources and systems in distant places.


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