The Relation of Circularity to Sustainability
Circularity and the Water-Food-Energy Nexus
Food, energy and water have been mostly considered separately in past, causing imbalance on economies and human wellbeing. Systems thinking encourages us to focus on their interdependencies and to develop new governance models at all three (macro, meso and micro) levels. In this video, Andy helps us understand the interdependence of what we have come to call the food, energy, water nexus and to also map its relation with circularity.
- Systems thinking helps bring out the interconnectedness of food, energy and water consolidated in what we now call FEW nexus.
- Thinking of the three as a continuum allows for better governance: once their interdependencies are mapped it becomes easier to manage them. Historic events can also help in that regard.
- FEW management and planning can be assisted by computers, but also by design through the efficiency of use and the reduction of waste especially at the micro level.
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