Unit 14
7 • Saving the planet, designing possible futures

Biomimicry: a sustainable solution?
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To what extent can biomimicry help save our planet?



Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Step 3


Organise an exhibition in your school.
Activity 4
Activity 5

Step 2


Write an interview-based article.
Activity 2
Activity 3

On your way to the task - Step 1


Participate in a conference on biomimicry.
Activity 1

Get ready!

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a. Look at the vocabulary boxes below. Find a title for each category.
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PAIR WORK
Play dictionary. Pick out words in the toolbox and guess their definition. Share your findings and look up the definition in the dictionary.


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a. Look at the picture above. Why is it an illustration of biomimicry?

b. Is biomimicry associated with the word sustainable? Why?

Let's learn!

Alphabet game

Look at the vocabulary and memorise as many words as you can. Then, find a word for each letter of the alphabet.

Your final project


Breaking news: prepare a report about an amazing breakthrough inspired by nature for a well-known TV channel.
LET'S GO!

Melbourne-based architectural firm studio505
Melbourne-based architectural firm studio505 is credited with some of the most innovative and imaginative architectural projects launched in recent years, like this building based on Lotus flowers geometries (Wujin Culture Center, China).

IDIOM of the week!


Every cloud has a silver lining


John Milton coined (= first used and thus invented) the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle, in 1634. It wasn’t until the days of Queen Victoria’s England that we began to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with: “Every cloud has a silver lining”. This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.

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Brainstorming question

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Do you believe our future can lie in the hand of nature? Why or why not?

Brainstorming question

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What do you think of biomimicry?

Toolbox

Toolbox
  • breathtaking (adj.)
  • impressive (adj.)
  • inspiring (adj.)
  • flower petals (n.)
  • mimicry (imitation) (n.)
  • mimic (imitate) (v.)
  • adapt (v.)

Nature-inspired innovations


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  • architecture (n.)
  • climate change /ˈklaɪmət/ (n.)
  • energy (n.)
  • global warming (n.)
  • housing (n.)
  • medicine /ˈmɛdsən/ (n.)
  • pollution (n.)
  • transport (n.)

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  • advance (n.)
  • biologist (n.)
  • device /dɪˈvaɪs/ (n.)
  • discovery (n.)
  • innovation (n.)
  • invention (n)
  • process (n.)
  • research / study (n.)
  • discover (v.)
  • provide (v.)

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  • biodiversity (n.)
  • ecosystem /ˈiːkəʊˌsɪstəm/ (n.)
  • habitat (n.)
  • natural selection (n.)
  • organism (n.)
  • renewable energies (n.)
  • species /ˈspiːʃɪz/ (n.)

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  • exhibition / conference / march (n.)
  • sustainable / valuable (adj.)
  • go green (v.)
  • protest / question / preserve (v.)
  • raise awareness / tackle an issue /ˈɪʃuː/ (v.)
  • inform / challenge (v.)
  • reduce / cut (v.)
  • solve / figure out / find / understand (v.)

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  • excited / exciting (adj.)
  • interested / interesting /ˈɪntrəstɪŋ/ (adj.)
  • optimistic (adj.)
  • pessimistic (adj.)
  • surprised / surprising (adj.)
  • worried / worrying (adj.)

Nature-inspired innovations
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What is Biomimicry?

Listen to Janine Benyus, President of the Biomimicry Institute, USA. What definition does she give to biomimicry?

Workbook p. 97

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Read the brainstorming questions and discuss with your group.

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IDIOM
Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo, and the note, guess its meaning. Rephrase it.


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