Author: Ecotechnics Staff

NOW ON YOUTUBE: Biosphere 2 -Story of the Original Design and Building

NOW ON YOUTUBE: Here is a 13 minute overview narrated by the cofounders and project directors about why a private entity built the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology, Biosphere 2, and how eight people lived and worked inside it for two years (1991-1993) growing their food, recycling their air, water and wastes. This experiment defined many aspects of the intimate metabolic connection between humans and the environment that sustains them and greatly advanced the field of space habitat design. The project has been noted as the first attempt to determine the value of ecosystems services in this man-made...

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IE Amazon Ethnobotanical Collection Moves to Southern Cross University Herbarium, New South Wales

Robyn Tredwell (center) with Robert Hahn (right) with shaman guides. From 1981 – 1983, Robyn Tredwell and Robert Hahn, both directors of the Institute of Ecotechnics participated in the “Amazon River Expedition” on board the research vessel Heraclitus in charge of the ethnobotanical collections. The impetus to mount this expedition was made by Harvard professor Richard Evans Schultes, founder of contemporary ethnobotany, who spoke at our 1979 conference in Malaysia. When we asked what could we do to help preserve the lore of the jungle, he suggested that the Institute use its sailing ship, the Heraclitus to undertake an expedition up...

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British documentary about the creation of Biosphere 2

Documentary Film “Will Apples Grow on Mars?“ Made in 1991, this remarkable film depicts the creation of Biosphere 2, the world’s first (and so far, only) totally sealed miniature world designed for long term human habitation. In 1991, four men and four women were locked inside Biosphere 2 as an experiment to see if they could survive for two years by recycling all their waste, water and air, and by growing all their food without fertilizers or pesticides. Described as “One of the greatest scientific experiments of the 20th century”, Biosphere 2 contained a rainforest, ocean, river, marsh, desert and a half acre farm. Director, Ken Howard....

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Volunteer with Las Casas de la Selva

Watch a short video and learn about volunteering with Las Casas de Selva. This 3 min video was produced by Ben Zenner, a volunteer of Las Casas de la Selva in April of 2013. Ben is a videographer and graphic designer, and is in the process of developing a non profit design firm to help organizations with their online media presence and funding efforts, and to connect students and individuals with potential volunteer opportunities. For more information about Ben and his project called Volunteer Dream, check out his website:

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