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Waste warrior

One of the speakers at the Green Practices Workshop, Lucas Dengel’s presentation was on Solid Waste Management. The presentation was structured into various sections dealing with the present scenario, how we discard waste, public health and hygiene, moral issues related to waste management, technical issues, and more. He spoke passionately about the dangerous consequences we face due to our disregard to indiscriminate dumping of waste. Lucas explained the pros and cons of many latest waste management technologies. His final message was to practice recycling as, “we are all recycled”. Download presentation

Saturday, 11 December 2010
(City Life)
65% of waste is pick up

In the series of seminars about sustainability presented by Living Routes and Auroville Green Center on 11th of November Ing-Marie and B were talking about waste. Lots have been done in last few years and awareness of ecology is rising, so in Auroville 65% of waste is pick up by Eco Service. But Eco Service itself is still facing many challenges – from inadequate infrastructure, insufficient funding, lack of strategy to work as a unit, and receive some funds from the city. Right now the most important, and urgent need is land because there's no adequate landfill for the waste that it cannot be recycle or burn, and need to be land filled.

Monday, 22 November 2010
Beach Erosion
The interesting presentation by the PondyCAN team given at Quiet on Tuesday second of Noveber 2010 with the analysis of the root causes of the problem on this Puducherry -Tamil Nadu coastline didn't bring any solutions, but surely gave a hope that this problem might be solved. It appears, though, that the implementation step by step of the required measures isn't likely to happen as soon as it could unless it is specifically asked for not only by PondyCAN but also by Auroville in a more massive way than has been done until now. Read more

Thursday, 18 November 2010
Hydrology in Auroville
Toby a hydrologist and Aurovilian speaks about the state of water management in and around the bio-region of Auroville. His presentation includes a warning about Auroville's potential future of overtaxed aquifers, poorly constructed failing infrastructure, and lowering water tables. Toby also speaks about solutions such as making community water use public information to encourage conservation, investing in alternative water infrastructure including rainwater catchment and desalination plants, and implementing a water distribution system where people would pay the real cost of clean water now to raise the necessary funds to maintain Auroville's water autonomy in the future.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Throw it Away? Where is Away?
Today's news features Andi interviewing B on the multifaceted topic of waste. Formerly un-recylable waste was dumped into a landfill, now no longer an option as that land is no longer part of Auroville. B addresses the current question surrounding throwing something away: just exactly where is 'away?' Part of the answer, as always, concerns the raising of our consciousness around what we think we need thereby generating waste.

Monday, 08 November 2010
Savitri and Out of Station

Today, and this weekend the city is full of talks, theater plays, concert, workshops...Today we can start with Sustainability Seminar at Last School Campus where Kathy and Bhavana will be talking about Social Sutainability – Auroville and the Villages or we can listen to an interesting presentation at Town Hall by Patrice Meyniel about Vanilla – a fascinating productive orchid. At Udavi school tomorrow morning at 10.30 AV theater group with Udavi School children will give a play “Savitri – a soul for any age”, directed by Jill. In the evening at Visitor Center Genius Incorporated Presents OUT OF STATION. And for the music lovers- on Sunday 17th of October at Bharat Nivas Auditorium Convergence Concert Indian Classical and Candaian Jazz musisicans.

Thursday, 14 October 2010
Deep cleansing
Tuesday, 5th of October and with Andrea Paige we talked about colon hydrotherapy, which is she offering at Quiet Healing Center. Our life style, eating and thinking habits affect our bodies deeper than we are aware off, and the overflow of toxins in our body can cause dis – eases, and that therapy allows our cells to successfully detoxify themselves, following in the body's natural cleansing process. In news we are also announcing movies for today and tomorrow, and a note from Unity Transport Service about the passes for the new tollgate coming up between Kootroad and Jimper.

Tuesday, 05 October 2010
Theater and children
Thursday, 30th of September, and beside that Expression Festival definitely is starting today couple of volunteers interrupted theater rehearsal and we feature a small excerpt of it in the news. The play, we believe titled Noah's Ark will be shown at Visitor Centre on Saturday. Today at 5.30 pm at Town Hall we can listen to the last part of Georges Van Vrekhem talks about Sri Aurobindo's Thought, and at University of Human Unity at Unity Pavilion at 5pm Rod Hemsell will be lecturing on The Philosophy of Evolution through a compact survey of the philosophies of Henry Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin, Jean Gebser and Sri Aurobindo.

Thursday, 30 September 2010
Auroville Awakens to a New Dream

Today's news, broadcasted by AurovilleRadio returning volunteer Andréa, features an overview of “Khandar – The Ruins” a movie playing at 7:30pm in the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium at Bharat Nivas tonight. The highlight of the news program today is an interview with Ethan from Living Routes, talking about a program happening tomorrow, all day in Town Hall. From 9:30am the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, created by the Pachamam Alliance, will be held, and it is open to Aurovilians and Guests alike. Listen in for more details on this life-changing event. Also in the news is an announcement of a program with Georges Van Vrekhem in Town Hall Sunday September 26th at 10:30am.

Friday, 24 September 2010
Biomass for electricity
On Monday 26th July 2010 in Town Hall conference hall we had a chance to hear interesting presentation about Beema bamboo as an ecological and economical source of energy by Pashi and few others. . This bamboo is a native Indian specie which has been proven to grow well under our local conditions and which possesses many assets – very good yield , it has a high biomass content, as well as a good pulp and a high calorific value (4000 K cal/kg). It therefore acts as a carbon sink as it can absorb CO2 3 to 4 times more than trees; Read more

Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Hands Across the Sand
“I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton, coral, algae... I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” Dr. Masaru Emoto's prayer was recited on Friday at noon on Repos beach by few at the occasion of the event Hands Across the Sand. The oil spill on 20th of April in the gulf of Mexico which was resulted from the explosion and sinking of and oil rig caused immediate damages, and because the leaking is still not stopped we are facing the ecological disaster beyond our comprehension. Read more

Monday, 28 June 2010
Humanité mal barrée ?

Notre Terre a-t-elle vraiment besoin d'une ville qui l'aime ? C'est à cette question pertinente que notre invité – expert d'une science complexe aux théories alambiquées – a bien voulu répondre avec l'enthousiasme, la frénésie, la chaleur communicative qui d'ordinaire, ne le caractérise point du tout. C'est donc avec une vive émotion que nous diffusons quelques extraits remarquables de cet entretient interminable.

Friday, 28 May 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Viaggiando a 100 Km/h

Scordatevi il brontolio regolare della tradizionalissima Ambassador 2000 D. Una cosa che certamente e' cambiata in India e' il modo di spostarsi. A parte le onnipresenti biciclette, moto e bus ora a farla da padrone sulle assolate strade indiane sono le automobili. Nei tredici minuti registrati su un taxi di ultima generazione, un Tata Indigo, potrete gustare un saporito ensable di suoni...

Sunday, 16 May 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Birhtdays - 40th Earth Day, 3rd Small Steps

On 22th of April – on Earth Day a celebration, a real birthday celebration, was held at Visitor Center. Initiator and organizer was Upasana with Small Steps project. It started by auction of bags children painted on Saturday, and the last bag was sold for recording 2300 rupees. All the money that was spend at the birthday celebration will go for the cause of spreading awareness for anti plastic campaign to pay for the films and videos which they will be played in villages in Tamil. Birthday party was swinging on to late night with grooves and rhythms of many musicians – Suryan, Mohanam Sound Crew and Pachamama.


Saturday, 24 April 2010
Love letter from Pondi Dump
A postcard campaign is being launched for Earth Day to seek the help of the Indian President to stop the burning of solid waste and establish proper separation in the Pondi Dump site. Postage paid postcards, for your personal message, are available on the Earth Day table outside solar Kitchen on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th, these will be posted together with those from Auroville schools and villagers and schools in Edayanchavadi and Mooratandi villages, all planned to arrive on the President’s doorstep on Earth day, April 22nd. Read more


Friday, 16 April 2010
The LFA Sound Space

During the LFA (litter-free Auroville) campaign, AurovilleRadio was invited to participate in the exhibition room called stArt of Certitude's dome. We took this opportunity to produce a sound in order toawaken people's awareness of noise pollution. The manner in which people began to listen was quite imaginative. With the participation of Newcomer Marc, organiser of the exhibition and a designer, we imagined a box where everybody could enter, listen to the sound and be totally cut off from outside, in  order to be fully focused on sounds. The result: a strange sort of soundproof cardboard box called “Sound Space”, a mysterious and darkened sound experience with a long waiting line attended mostly by kids..Read more


Monday, 15 February 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Brazilian Night at Sadhana Forest

Last Friday, the 5th of February 2010, the residents of Sadhana Forest invited numerous guests to their Brazilian Night. A very interesting film about the art of Capoeira and its development was shown, delicious vegan organic Feijoada was served and finally the audience could listen to and watch an amazing play by the Sadhana Forest Band. With a lot of wonderful Brazilian rhythms like Samba and Axé, the band offered a humorous understanding of Brazil´s past, including the story of the slaves, colonization, and the indigenous people from the Amazon.


Monday, 08 February 2010
Trashion Show!

The Trashion Show event at the Visitor Center was packed. More than 400 people came to see the fashion parade spectacular featuring garments and accessories made entirely from trash and recycled junk. The event challenged Auroville's best designers to work with Auroville's worst materials.The entertainment featured: Nadaka & Gopika - performing with the relevant theme in mind. The Mohanam Boys - making percussion music out of litter, The Brand New Band - representing the youth our future. Krishna (Emergence) - playing home-grown eco-friendly fusion. Patcha Mama - getting you grooving to sustainable ska/reggae. Tiago & Ana and the percussionist from Sadhana Forest. Jesse, the ever splendid trash talking host presented the event. Download the show. In read more the concerts.Read more


Saturday, 06 February 2010
We can Make a Change

The 29^th of January was indeed a different Friday for Auroville. It started early in the morning with meditation, and after school the children and many adult Aurovilians collected litter along the roads... which all lead to Certitude where  the main action took place throughout the day. In a conversation with Chandra, Ribhu and Mira who were three of the many active facilitators for this day's events, some interesting facts were uncovered: the target is to create a team for a platform to create a change. It is ongoing, ideas and work, to reduce waste. Each of us can participate: the way we choose to acquire our food, and how we handle our waste, becoming aware that we can't just 'throw it away' as there is no 'away.' .


Wednesday, 03 February 2010
Auroville: the low down on litter

“Something is coming”, “litter free Auroville”: these slogans, everyone has catch them on the huge banners present around Auroville. Well, time to break the mystery has come: Auroville does not so good at the level of solid waste. Action is needed and this is the goal of the NGO SOMA waste management, along with Ecoservice: organizing a big campaign on the 29th of January to bring awareness and to get things change. This is no longer a surprise, this day is supposed to be big, as big as the issue. Let's hear Gilian, from Ecoservice, presents her organization and the actual situation of Auroville toward waste, then Meera and Chandrah, coordinators of SOMA, talk about the day itself.


Saturday, 23 January 2010
Deepen the question !

Recently, Australian deep-ecologist, writer and singer John Seed was in Auroville. The goal of his workshop called "The Council of All Beings" is to support the re-discovering of one's "ecological self". For AurovilleRadio, John describes a ritual, nowadays called process, of this workshop. He believes that the loss of ceremonies which can nurture our interconnectedness with nature is part of our problem. Deep ecology is based on the shifting away from the reality exclusively in terms of human values. That shift in consciousness is both, cognitive revolution and spiritual awakening.


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Friday, 01 January 2010
Run with Oil?

The pollution problem is something taken seriously in Auroville, at least by the residents... Samuel has been trying for a few years to decrease his carbon footprint by testing alternative sources of energy to run his motorbike: Pongami oil and recycled kitchen oil. But to start the engine by kicking is a challenge, it's very hard. It seems that the electrical transport is the most sustainable one in Auroville, apart from walking and cycling...


Thursday, 19 November 2009
Auroville Powered by Wind

The wind flies wild in the hills of Coimbatore. The idea to harness it for the benefit of Auroville was sparked in the minds of those responsible for bringing Varuna to life: Arjun, Carel, Michael B., Toby and Ulli. Varuna is a privately owned company managed by Aurovilians and friends of Auroville. The goal of the company is to assist Auroville in becoming a carbon neutral site. Currently, donations from monies received as a result of selling the electricity to TNEB will be given to Auroville, but future ideas include wheeling the electricity directly to Auroville. The recording consists of highlights from a presentation given by the directors of Varuna.

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Friday, 16 October 2009
Sewage, Farming and waste

Eco-Pro is working in the field of  health and hygiene. The company focus is on attempting to integrate both public and environmental aspects of these issues. Long-time Aurovilian Lucas, the founder and manager of Eco-Pro, shares his experience in approaching all the basics 'leftovers' of our lives in an integral way. The talk starts with  the usage of EM (effective microorganisms) in agriculture and in the treatment of sewage and dump sites, continuing with the challenge of promoting integral approaches to a conventional world. Lucas shares his optimistic view for a sustainable future during his informative talk on sewage and waste treatment.


Thursday, 24 September 2009
LIVE: Earth Week 2009

Each year Earth Day is commemorated in Auroville with a week of celebration and learning. One highlight of the week was the Saturday festival outside of the Solar Kitchen. Many Aurovillians, Units and Guests hosted booths where they sold, gave away or educated on what they are doing to make Auroville a more sustainable place to live. The following is a walk-around interview with the various representatives of the booths. See more pics in READ MORE. Click here to listen and join in on the excitement of Auroville's Earth Day festivities!

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Friday, 24 April 2009
(City Life)
Visitors, Guests and Tourists

The Information Service called for a Presentation / Sharing on the impact and challenges related to guests, visitors and tourists from the point of view of Visitors Centre and Information Service. The Presentation took place on Thursday April 2nd at Visitors Centre. We see the need, and have already started, to work together with other services, groups and interests in Auroville to try and find appropriate ways of dealing with all of these so that the community does not feel swamped and imposed upon in the process. We need to start a reflection on what we want and how. Click play, to listen to an excerpt of this meeting, or download it.


Wednesday, 08 April 2009

A major component of Pitchandikulam Forest’s work involves working with communities to empower them towards self-sustainability and involve them in the process of eco-restoration. Currently the Pitchandikulam team works in 25 villages throughout the Kaliveli Bio-Region. Giving the example of Nadukuppam village, Joss talks about planting of Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest, environmental education, establishment of womens; Self Help Groups, awareness programmes, income generation initiatives. The team from Auroville is also involved in the protection and development of local traditional health medicine through the use of indigenous medicinal plants and conducts health camps for people and cattle.


Monday, 30 March 2009
A Living Water

Maurice has been in Auroville for 30 years and has been working with AquaDyn since five years. In this interview he talks about the development of Aquadyn and the methods and techniques that he uses for the treatment of drinking water. Recognizing the importance of the global problem of potable water, and more specifically the treatment thereof, AquaDyn aims to produce pure, clean and "living" water beneficial to good health.


Thursday, 15 January 2009
Toward Renewable Energy

Min, a newcomer to Auroville who arrived in 2007 and works for AuroRE, talks about his organisation's recent developments in renewable energy technology and the best ways to progress in the future. He also talks about ways to replace kerosene in homes, the use of pedal power and the possible ways of raising awareness of sustainable energy forms amongst India's population.


Thursday, 08 January 2009
The Colors of Nature

Jesus, who has been in Auroville since 1993 is in charge of research into eco-friendly discharge in natural ways. He talks in this interview about the ways in which he aims to alleviate the problems of pollution and the excessive use of pesticides in farming methods. He talks about the successes that he has achieved and the problems that he has encountered.


Friday, 02 January 2009
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