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(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)
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)
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
(Arts & Culture)
Emerging Energy Policies for TN
In this session Mr. K. Venugopal explains the reasons and root causes for the power crisis in Tamil Nadu and he lists out new power generating capacities that will be added within the next 3 to 5 years which hopefully will resolve most of the short-comings of electricity supply in Tamil Nadu. He also answers some questions posed by participants during a brief discussion.To download the presentation click here. Member, Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission Read more

Friday, 31 August 2012
(Environment)
WasteLess - Garbology 101
Inspired after very positive responses form the community, and especially children, after Liter Free Auroville in 2010, which had engage practically the whole community to all day long event aiming toward raising awareness on waste treatment in Auroville, new activity WasteLess launched on Saturday Garbology 101. New curriculum as a result of several months long interactive work of WasteLess team - Chandrah, Mari, Ribhu and Vimal with students and teachers of three schools comes as an educational box with guide book and many interactive tools Read more

Sunday, 19 August 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Urban Tao Ecocentric

As part of the Invocation of Bulgarian Pavilion, six actors of the Overground Arts Alliance with Stojan Radev shared with us the story of constant struggle of the modern urban "slave" who makes a choice on his evolutionary journey. Homo Novus starts on the path of darkness and destruction which slowly, trough modality of consciousness, embarks on a path of light and transformation. He understands that one cannot avoid darkness and destruction. At last, with the interaction of audience, his journey merges with the universal flow, finds harmony Read more

Monday, 12 March 2012
(Environment)
Agricultural Awareness Campaign
'What is the worlds biggest pest? Its the human being' Njal, who has lived in Auroville for 22 years, is trying to create environmental awareness and is fighting the chemical treatment of Cashew plants inside and around Auroville. Njal, der seit über 22 Jahren in Auroville lebt, will aufklären. Mit seiner Awareness Campaign versucht er, die Zusammenhänge von Krankheiten und den chemischen Pestiziden aufzudecken und die Dorfbewohner zu überzeugen, dass natürliche Mittel gesünder, effektiver und besser für Natur, Mensch und Tiere sind. Read more

Monday, 12 March 2012
(Environment)
Pondicherry Dump Update
Since as far back as 2005, a group of Aurovillians have taken up an environmental activist campaign with the Pondicherry garbage control. The Pondicherry dump, located just 3 km outside of Auroville, is a smouldering wasteland where nearly 350 tons of garbage are dumped each day. The dump, which often catches fire because of the lack of waste sorting, causes a thick, grey cloud of toxic smoke. For Auroville, this low combustion incineration causes especially serious health and environmental issues because of its proximity to the dump site. Read more

Thursday, 08 March 2012
(Environment)
EcoPro`s awareness campaign
The anti-waste organization from Auroville has been promoting responsible waste management for two years in Periyamudaliarchavadi (PMC), one of the small villages around Auroville. Last March 3rd, Niranjan Kumar and Ribhu Vohra held an exhibition for the local children, displaying the causes and effects of pollution through pictures and posters. Through this, they hope that the kids start to encourage their parents to treat waste more carefully. EcoPro also tries to increase awareness by painting walls with anti-litter messages. Read more

Monday, 05 March 2012
(City Life)
Pollution Free Area

Happy Parking, as Liugi named it , wish to be the first step toward pollution free area in the peace area in the center of the city. Architect's plan carries a dream of peaceful area connected to Matrimadir with its lake, where service parking area(the one which is now most in use) will serve as a repository for vehicles, and lead as trough the beauty walk with the view on the lake toward front entrance of municipality. New extension will be also in use of residents of the communities around Town Hall; structure follows the existing one. Read more

Thursday, 01 March 2012
(Education)
Effective Microrganism Workshop
During the last years Dr. Lucas Dengel with the EcoPro team had been working on training people and promoting the use of Effective Microorganism solutions (EM) for the improving of farming sector, waste water treatment, solid waste management and hygiene. Last week a especial workshop open for participants from all around India and the world was developed at the C.S.R. building in Auroville. Read more

Wednesday, 04 January 2012
(Environment)
PMSPL
Puducherry Municipal Services Private Limited’s Chief Operating officer Lt. Col. C. P. Prem Vas and Public Relations officer Mr. Sridhar made a presentation at Town Hall about waste management. At the southern border of Auroville, a huge dump site effects the life of the residents of Auroville and nearby villages. The open field dump pollutes the air, due to the low grade combustion of the waste. This dangerous practice produces many air Pollutants such as dioxin, a chemical product extremely dangerous to humans and animals. Download the pdf Read more

Wednesday, 21 December 2011
(News)
Wi-Max polluting Auroville
On 23rd November 2011 BSNL inaugurated a Wi-Max tower at the old Tindivanam road near the Hanuman statue. Auroville is within the coverage area of this tower. Recently, an expert committee of the Government of India has recommended that radiation from cell towers be declared as a pollution. Wi-Max is a new communication technology similar to cellular communications and the new tower adds to the pollution in Auroville. This is a cause for serious concern as it threatens the bio diversity created by planting of million trees over four decades. Read more

Tuesday, 29 November 2011
(Education)
”The Little Ones”
Very much interesting and unknown to most of us is the world of probiotics Margarita presented in her talk on "Sustainable Cities with Natural Probiotics at the Red Cross Society Training Institute at the Auroville International meeting in Addis Abbaba in Ethiopia this year. The concept that our planet with its nature is capable of healing and cleaning itself, if we give it enough time resonated in our ears, but since time short for us, the role of the natural probiotics can be of a huge importance. Drinking water, safe waste disposal. Read more

Tuesday, 22 November 2011
(Education)
Opening Ceremony - part 2
In the continuation of opening ceremony on first day of the Auroville International Conference at the Red Cross Society Training Institution facilitate by versatile Mr. Haimanot Alemu Deepti talked on Auroville and Human Unity as A living expression of Sri Aurobindo's evolutionary vision. Joss has continued with his presentation with tittle On Auroville and the Environment in which we saw an over view of Auroville development trough years. trough his talk he also presented hsi and his team huge work on the project of Adyar Poonga in Chennai. Read more

Monday, 21 November 2011
(Spirituality)
100 Thousand Poets for Change
World Poetry Movement organized for 24th of September World Poetry Reading day, and 283 poetry reading in 80 countries occured that day. Unity Pavilion with the Tamil Heritage Centre with Anandi was the host of one in Auroville, starting by reading of Savitri in many languages. B while reciting his poem Today also wanted to join this event with The Moving Planet event, which is trying to reverse global warming, and was organized for the same day. And as the need for the kind of global solidarity, the need for ecological push is here. Read more

Sunday, 25 September 2011
(Environment)
Regenerative Urban Development
Peter Head, Director of Arup and Executive Chairman of Ecological Sequestration Trust, United Kingdom, sheds light on Regenerative Urban Development based on his personal journey. Peter has been to 29 countries analayzing and discussing the issues of achieving more sustainable ways of living . A Civil Engineer by profession, he discussed ways to take some of Auroville's experience and sharing it with the rest of the world and across India besides policies and investments needed in India in fashioning townships to improve quality of life. Read more

Friday, 09 September 2011
(News)
Aurovilians Tackle Burning Waste
The feature today is about Aurovilians working to change the landscape: an effort to protect health by ensuring proper waste management at the Karu-vadi-kuppam dump. Technology as a way to highlight the connections between the Western humanistic tradition with that of Sri Aurobindo will take place at Savitri Bhavan during its Fall Semester presented by Daniel Goldsmith. Reminder: mark your diary for World Bamboo Day18 September which culminate with a week-long festival. Read more

Monday, 29 August 2011
(Environment)
Can You Breathe?
We are more or less aware - depends on the level of health problem we got due to the location, that Karuvadikuppam dump site affect Auroville and the nearby villages. Pondicherry Municipality use this landfill to dump unsegregated urban waste, where methane formed by anaerobic decomposition of organic matter bursts into spontaneous combustion and sets aflame the inorganic waste. When plastic is melted down, its chemical structure changes and carcinogenic gases are released. What can we do to stop the Municipality to stop burning the waste? Read more

Sunday, 14 August 2011
(News)
Kidz News
Hi everybody! This is a special edition of Kidz News straight from Auroville...Huoolow now straight form the sky it the weather. First off the bear are back to Auroville...wait wait...since when are the bears in Auroville??? its because of global warming they are coming from Alaska, and anyways its going to snow in Auroville some day... Read more

Friday, 24 June 2011
(City Life)
Mobility and Traffic
From Austria comes Karl-Heinz, a working expert on mobility management. While in Auroville, Karl-Heinz made studies of the plans of this city-in-the-becoming in order to determine the needs of the residents, from young children though the elderly. Aware of the predicted 50,000 population, he points out that since people do not suddenly change their habits, it's necessary to change current trends, which is where mobility management comes into the picture. Traffic includes vehicles of every type as well as pedestrians. Therefore Karl-Heinz talks about streets in addition to roads, streets and speed breakers and all that offers a sense of safety, security, to those who venture out and about.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011
(News)
Earth Day Coming Soon
Today's news is multi-featured, presenting announcements starting with Johnny, who puts together a parade for Earth day from the Youth Centre to the Visitors' Centre, inviting anybody interested in joining, either walking or with a float, which could be anything from a bullock cart to a wheel barrow and all themes fine, from clowns to clerics. And a call for teachers: Future School is looking for an English teacher with a strong academic background in English and/or a passion for an in-depth study in English language and literature.Refer to 'Dispelling Myths,' a program on AurovilleRadio concerning the meeting which was held last Saturday at Visitors' Centre called due to the incidents taking place on Auroville's roads. Read more

Monday, 04 April 2011
(Spirituality)
Forgive, Thank, Love
"The water of Fukoshima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and we love you." was heard today all over the globe. Masaru Emoto, Messenger of Water during over twenty years research of hado measuring and water crystal photographic technology have been witnessing that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration of human prayer no matter how far away it is. Some joined this collective prayer with all sincerity, open heart and love at Quiet Healing Center at noon. Read more

Thursday, 31 March 2011
(Environment)
Water and Transformation
Amongst other talks at Mutation II was also Joss presentation of enormous project in Chennai on the banks of Adyar Poonga. Huge work of Joss and many Aurovilians there for last four years was completed just a month ago. It is tremendous transformation of something that used to be a sewer back to river, by sunlit paths next to it. With their work they didn't only expressed lots of creativity but it was also a journey in relation to water which we insulted and degraded that we got sewers instead of rivers. And as Joss mentioned they couldn't have done it if Auroville with what is stands for, wouldn't be behind it... if there wouldn't be an experience of transformation in reality. To download the presentation as pdf click here.

Monday, 07 March 2011
(Environment)
”B” Zero Waste

Long time Aurovillian, William "B” Sullivan works to aid Auroville in its sustainability goal to reduce its waste to zero through his project, Zero Waste. In this interview, B explains what it means to produce "zero waste” and the project's different initiatives. He gives advice for reducing waste at home and explains why it is important for Auroville to have zero waste. B also answers how waste became a problem in Auroville and the challenges Zero Waste faces today. Read more

Monday, 07 March 2011
(Environment)
Need to Celebrate
Lively Up Your Earth, eco - music festival, the first of its kind, last weekend in January at Solitude Farm, once again brought lots of people together. Krishna, the founder of the Solitude, and member of the band, Emergence, told us the feedback was warm. Everybody enjoy the diversity of the music and workshops and the many different offered products...all liked the multi-faceted note of the festival, which really joined ecology awareness, art and music with common thread. This way the festival was more than a social gathering - it was really a celebration of all the ideas, and people who resonate with them. Read more

Monday, 07 February 2011
(Education)
Kaj je prineslo 2010?

Leto 2010 je prineslo obilico tako dobrih kot slabih dogodkov, vsem pa je bila skupna intenzivnost dogajanja, v sorazmerno kratkem casu. Obisk generalne direktrorice UNESCA Irine Bokove je bil uvod v leto, in ostanek leta ni bil nic kaj manj pomemben. Mutacija kot proces je bila rdeca nit skozi dogodke, in kot zakljucek je bila serija odlicnih predavanj George Van Vrekhema v pozni jeseni. Obcutek mutacije, kot procesa, nas je verjetno vse "zavzela”, ne kot posameznike, pac pa kot kolektivno clovestvo. Spremembe, ki se dogajajo niso v krogu uveljavljenega reda stvari ali bitij. Uveljavljen red se sam po sebi razkraja. In drugost bitij je pricela zavzemati njegovo mesto. Read more

Tuesday, 11 January 2011
(Environment)
Each One of Us
It should start with each one of us to try to work on and to solve the problem of ecological imbalance, which can drive us to catastrophe. Geshe Pema Dorjee finally came to Auroville, and blessed us with his talk on the Buddhist view on the environment. His lecture was interesting, witty, and right to the point on the source of ecological problems that we're facing right now. It's desire and greed; he sees this as the main factor and source of ecological problems which started so long ago, and have now overgrown to the proportion that extinction faces the human race, including all living species. Perhaps the solution is simply to become content with what we have, vs. greediness.... Read more

Monday, 10 January 2011
(News)
It`s our Choice
Today's news features an excerpt from Geshe Pema Dorjee's talk which he gave last Saturday at the Tibetan Pavilion. His observations are from the point of view of Buddhism, yet are they not in agreement with and an echo of what our higher nature whispers to us, amid the ongoing ramblings of our ego: more more, more? He pointed out that desire and greed are the basis of over-consumption, which is the root cause of our ecological crisis. Also in the news are postings of the art exhibits running concurrently. Read more

Monday, 10 January 2011
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