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(Environment)
Nina`s interview on her book

After her presentation at the Freeland bookshop Nina gave us a special interview on her book to explain where, how and why "Organic food marketing in urban centres of India". She is actually in Auroville working at Solitude farm to get some practical farming experience. She finds that Auroville could do with some help in order to more successfully manage to make organic food more readily available. She finds Auroville to be a great place to learn because of the amount of organic farms and the good eco system that the place offers. Read more

Monday, 20 January 2014
(Environment)
Organic book by Nina Osswald

Last Wednesday night, Nina Osswald, who co-authored "Organic food marketing in urban centres of India" together with Manoj K. Menon, gave us a very interesting and instructive presentation at the Freeland bookshop. Her research is based on how organic food is being marketed and sold in Indian cities. The presentation focused on key challenges and success strategies for this. Organic food is becoming more readily available in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. Osswald is currently working on an organic farm in Auroville in order to gain some practical farming experience. Read more

Tuesday, 14 January 2014
(Environment)
3 portraits for one audio book

Ahelia, a 14 year old Last School student, Yam, a 10 year old TLC student, and Jesse, a theater teacher and actor, share a passion for the theater. Here they talk about their lives in Auroville. Some extracts from their new performance, an audio book based on The Water Book, Jalam and Savita's Big Voyage, are given together with the interviews. Written by Sandrine, it is a marvelous journey with the spirit of water, named Jalam and played by Jesse, together with two Indian children. Savita is played by Ahelia and Sindhu is played by Yam. Read more

Tuesday, 10 December 2013
(Environment)
Bioregion Tour - Join us!

Discover the uncontaminated villages of Munnur and Perumukkal. Take a walk in the village of Munnur. See clay pots being formed and fired by the road side. Visit a family of potters who will offer you snacks and show you around their home-based workshop. Climb the rocks to reach the sacred temple of Perumukkal, built in the 12th Century by the inhabitants of the village. Perhaps even ask the Goddess for prosperity and her protection. Read more

Friday, 08 November 2013
(Environment)
ANGIRAS Indian alumni convention

ANGIRAS stands for the Network of Indian Alumni from German Universities for Sustainable Solutions, which is a registered not-for-profit organization initiated by the Indian alumni graduated from the German Universities. Yesterday morning at the Unity pavilion in International Zone, they started their 2013 Indian convention by a short speech of Mr. Bala Baskar, Secretary of Auroville Foundation, then Franziska of DAAD, the German Academic exchange service, presented her organization. Read more

Tuesday, 08 October 2013
(Environment)
SEDAB - Sustainable Development
The SEDAB project (Sustainable Enterprise Development in the Auroville Bioregion) is a collaborative initiative of several units in Auroville to work with villages toward sustainable livelihoods. The enterprises set up under SEDAB are diverse, from herbal medicine production to natural building, snake venom extraction, tailoring, and more - but what they have in common is care for the environment and the people living there. A at Unity Pavilion led by Alain and Joss described the history, vision, and impact of the project. Read more

Tuesday, 27 August 2013
(Environment)
Basket for Busy People

On Monday the FOOD LINK opened up a new service - a busy people basket, which  is for people who work and can only come later when all good food is taken. So whoever  cant come can call food link or Gino and they will tell you what is the current situation in stock of vegetables, fruits, and processed food,, and you can take your order, and pick it up later. !!! Read more

Wednesday, 14 August 2013
(Environment)
The waste management in Auroville

In Auroville there are many places but for cleaning around Auroville and to make our peaceful city without any pollution is the Eco Service ,near Naturallement . Their aim is to reduce the pollution because pollution is destroying the environment, the earth and people who lives here. So at Eco Service are trying to stop it and to keep the city clean, and as close to zero waste as much is possible . The ladies who works there separate each of the wastes into 24 categories. Eco Service also wants to set an example surrounding villages. Read more

Friday, 19 July 2013
(Environment)
Special Education Centre
At Ilaignarkal Education Centre near Verite we had a chance to interview Aandh sir a teacher and an educator at the centre. The main thing is that people who comes there are non educated but now the students are well educated and they are in a good and comfortable work . They are teaching the students without any contribution. They don't have any structured subjects such as other schools but they try to provide to a student what he needs. Students are mostly coming from nearby villages. Read more

Thursday, 18 July 2013
(Environment)
Behavior Study on Waste
On Monday Min and Akshay of "earth & us" presented their findings from a study of how garbage is handled in Auroville. This study was on waste in particular but was conceptualized as an example for behavioral change more generally. Many Aurovilians see the need for more ecological practices being normalized in the day to day life of the community. How do we encourage those practices to take hold? Listen to the first part of the presentation and see the slideshow for ideas and findings that make for the beginnings of an answer. Read more

Thursday, 04 July 2013
(Environment)
What`s Up AuroAnnam?
AuroAnnam Farm is among Auroville's oldest parcels of land. Most recently it was a demonstration site for organic cashews. Mawite has been caring for AuroAnnam and putting energy into making it a lively yet peaceful green entryway into Auroville. There is a question whether Auroville will keep the land or exchange it, making future plans for the place somewhat tenuous. Hear Mawite explain the situation at AuroAnnam on Earth Day weekend - first with a walk around the land and chant led by Kaya, then a presentation back at the Farmers' Cafe. Read more

Wednesday, 01 May 2013
(Environment)
Bliss Forest Walk
Surrounding the Youth Centre and north of Town Hall is Bliss Forest, home to porcupines and many birds. Early on Sunday morning we were led by the Bliss steward Dominik on a walk through the forest. The area faces its own share of road controversies as Aurovilians work out how best to continue building the city. Which should take precedent of the galaxy plan, Master Plan, or existing features is a perennial question. As we walked we learned a bit about the biodiversity of the place, and efforts to clear the wood brought down by Cyclone Thane. Read more

Friday, 26 April 2013
(Environment)
Medicinal Plants at Sapney Farm
Many of the plants growing naturally all around us have healing properties. As part of the Earth Day program of events we were invited to Sapney Farm to learn about using medicinal plants. Listen to Elumalai describe the properties of plants from brahmi to hibiscus. What natural preparations can we use for fever, wounds or insect bites? How can we plan and care for an herbal garden? Then hear Sara, long-term volunteer working on her Permaculture diploma, describe some of the Permaculture principles being practiced at Sapney Farm. Read more

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
(Environment)
Eco Earth Day  TEDx Talks
This morning at Conference Room in Town Hall we had a chance to listen to some interesting short talks with its common thread on ecology awareness. The opening session was with Cesare who shared with us some points of Open Source Hardware in relation to the local community or DIY ( Do It Yourself). Followe by Snehal talking on Kitchen Gardens or why we should grow food everywhere. Deoyani Sarkhot emphasized versatile usage of charcoal and which benefits it can bring to the soil. First part was concluded with Kathy on health and environment. Read more

Saturday, 20 April 2013
(Environment)
KT Ravindran Regional Development
Auroville’s co-existence within a rapidly growing urban-rural continuum emphasizes on an urgent need to reflect upon the development patterns within the larger bio-region. Auroville’s pro-active role in the development in the region appears as the need of the hour to not only secure land use but to also induce sustainable growth patterns within the bio region. TDC initiated a platform for an interactive brainstorming session for Aurovilians actively involved in the region with our guest advisor Prof. K.T Ravindran from Delhi. Read more

Monday, 01 April 2013
(Environment)
12 Qualities at LEC
Life Education Center (LEC) is an Auroville outreach school, providing vocational training and counseling to empower semi-educated girls from the nearby villages since 1991. In this interview, the students and some LEC teachers share personal reflections and experiences by each focusing on one of the qualities in the Mother's symbol. Paralleled in a collective visual art piece, there is also a sample of the daily chanting at LEC at the end of the session. The following are the individual names and the qualities/aspects which they explored: Read more

Friday, 18 January 2013
(Environment)
Environmental Concerns
Over the past 7 years Aurovillians have been having problems with the smoke and fumes coming from the Karuvadikuppam dump site located just 3 km outside Auroville. None of the waste has been segregated which make the management extremely difficult. In order to take up this issue with the local government Renu and Bindu has taken action by asking Igor to send a lab technician to take soil and water samples for testing. The place stinks for miles around making the life in some villages and Auroville's communities unbearable. Read more

Friday, 04 January 2013
(Environment)
Reducing the Electricity Bill
This morning Auroville Cyclone Response Team (AVCRT) and the secretary of Auroville Foundation Mr. Balabaskar inaugurated the new solar plant at the Town Hall with its capacity of 10KW. The gathering was also an occasion to display all the vehicles that were bought by found given by Government of India for the relief of cyclone Thane damages. Following is the short interview with Mr. Balabaskar, Divia and Ramesh, followed by sound scape of presentation of one of the vehicles put on display outside of Town Hall with its capacity to shred twigs. Read more

Sunday, 30 December 2012
(Environment)
Liveyl Up Your Earth 2013

Eco - music festival Lively Up Your Earth is due next year in the beginning of February. In comparison to last two years, Krishna and Andrea have decided to start with the organizational work way before than last years. In conversation with them we can hear how they see it, what and who is needed in order to provide such a pleasant, yet educational, and more than anything else fun event for all of us with emphasis on music and organic - permaculture farming. What can we expect this year?... maybe YOU can be and active part of it 

 

Thursday, 29 November 2012
(Environment)
Bioneers
AurovilleRadio was lucky to catch a phone interview with Kenny Ausubel, the founder of Bioneers, an organization pushing forward with many Auroville-like principles. Bioneers describes "an emerging culture of social and scientific innovators who are mimicking nature’s operating instructions to serve human ends while enriching the web of life. We take a ‘solve-the-whole-problem’ approach: Taking care of nature means taking care of people - and taking care of people means taking care of nature. It's part of our mission.” Read more

Monday, 12 November 2012
(Environment)
Keep the Faith
For almost a decade, but surely with acceleration in last year or two, Auroville beach community Repos has been "eaten" away by the severe beach erosion. Bhaga shares with us some thoughts on it... Until recently no speciific action was taken from the official Auroville regarding the problem. Cyclone Relief Team instructed by Working Committee has started to help the community with clean up. This morning along with Satprem and volunteers they have continued with reinforcing the foundations of the house. Read more

Tuesday, 06 November 2012
(Environment)
Solution to a 'Natural Problem' ?
With 350,000,000 menstruating women in India: what are we going to do with the waste from the newly-introduced, "modern" menstruation products? Yes, 350 million is a big number. With keen foresight, Kathy has stepped up to the plate with a team of women to try to close the bin on this massive upcoming waste production. Auroville Radio sat down with Kathy on a busy Saturday morning in Cafe Le Morgan to discuss these very current social issues and talk about opportunities for the future. Please visit ecofemme.org to find out more! Read more

Saturday, 03 November 2012
(Environment)
Cyclone Alert
Listen in to interviews with Punnuswami (Auroville Electrical Service), Srinivasamurthy (Auroville Foundation) and Daniel (the Working Committee) regarding the Cyclone Alert. After Auroville's experience with cyclone Thane, less than one year ago, it seems the residents of Auroville are more conscious and prepared for wind and rain disrupting normal life. Here is a link to the website with cyclone updates: www.imd.gov.in/section/nhac/dynamic/cwind.pdf Read more

Tuesday, 30 October 2012
(Environment)
Golden Water Project
Golden Water is a water purification project funded by Tom and Janet from Canada. It was founded by Nikadas and his wife Ranana about two years ago to address the restricted access to clean drinking water in Edyanchavadi village. With its sixty-thousand liter tank, Golden Water provides fresh, free drinking water for local children and families and water for a small fee to the other community locals. This tuesday they had a ceremony to celebrate with children from the New Colors evening school. Read more

Wednesday, 03 October 2012
(Environment)
Aromar Revi Closing Keynote
Here Aromar Revi, talks about the future of renewable energy and highlights the fact that our civilization lives in the ignorance of permanence. He refers to the rise and fall of various civilizations that inhabited the Indian sub-continent and sees this as a natural cycle which will also overcome our current civilization. To download the presentation, click here. Director, Indian Institute of Human Settlement: www.iihs.co.in/about/promoters-group/aromar-revi/ Read more

Thursday, 06 September 2012
(Environment)
AGP 2012 Panel Discussion

Alan facilitated a general discussion with speakers and participants raising the questions if all the technological solutions may be enough to actually counterbalance the current rate of destruction of our eco system or if they are actually misleading us. The conclusion was that technologies and even lifestyle adjustments may not be enough but a radical shift in consciousness is the need of the time. Read more

Wednesday, 05 September 2012
(Environment)
AGP 12 Presentation of Workshops
In this presentation the participants of the Energy Positive Habitats workshops shared in the plenum what they had learned, practiced and experienced during the four parallel workshops: 1. Emerging Energy Policies, 2. Building Energy Auditing and Management , 3. Energy Efficient Building Design, 4. Decentralized Solar & Wind Installations. Each participant felt this was a massive learning experience. Read more

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
(Environment)
Interview Session
Here we gathered the speakers together to have a one to one interview session with them, and to find out about their feedback on a seminar like this one and also about their experience in Auroville. Alan interviewed Herbert, Brahmanand and Aromar Revi where amongst various thoughts they also mutually felt that Auroville and its green practices need to scale up and to reach the world outside as well. Read more

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
(Environment)
Energy Efficient Design
Here Tanmay Tathagat talks about the practical ways of designing buildings to minimise the use of embodied energy and to maximise energy savings. The affluent countries have to cut down on their resource use, while the developing countries must aspire for a better quality of life but without taking the same wasteful resource-intensive path taken by the affluent nations. To download the presentation click here. Principal, Edsglobal. www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers Read more

Friday, 31 August 2012
(Environment)
Building Energy
Building Energy. Auditing & Management. Here Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty tells us how to move towards far more efficient use of energy in habitats. 4 areas to implement changes: individual lifestyles, architectural design and planning, use of energy efficient appliances, implementation of renewable energy systems. He shows us how it is possible for us to have comfort for better. To download the presentation click here. - Visiting Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology. www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers

Friday, 31 August 2012
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