Category Archives: Ecology Awareness
The Unstitute has interviewed Melanie a volunteer at Eco Femme, a local start-up of eco friendly hygiene products for women, at Auroville Youth Centre's Chrismas Fair.
We have spoken about the ideas behind Eco Femme, their educational and outreach projects as well as worldwide awareness and the conscious application of the knowledge about the human effect on the environment, how we can control pollution more effectively through education and the necessity for a collective change which starts with the daily choices each of us can make personally.
Topic - health hazardous asbestos , and in the studio we have Margarita and Taranti, and Boris joining us from France via Skype.
The issue emerged after starting the fund raising campaigns for Abri corner roof where three of our services are located. Abestos, although a natural mineral used commonly in constructions but also in home appliances is known by its health hazardous properties, and in Europe banned since 80's. In case of roof in Abri, the question was how to dispose the damaged roof made out of asbestos that it wont cause more damage to the health of the workers. In the recorded Skype conference you can here possible solutions suggested by Margarita and by Boris, and both requires a proper procedure and preparations in advance. There are know three types of asbestos regarding the soil or mine - white, blue and brown, and iron as a structural component plays a crucial role in asbestos toxicity. But asbestos can be remediated either by Fusarium oxysporum or Verticillium sp. whereby the fungi mediation can modify the surface reactivity of asbestos fibers.
The team which is on the case would like to bring Boris to Auroville to deal with that issue properly, and account number for his ticket is FS # 252339.
In this program Kali and Palani from Auroville Eco Service remind us the dos and donts of waste segregation to help them reduce our environmental impact.
You will also learn more about their commitment goals and ideas to make Auroville an example of waste treatment in India.
To organize a pick up call Palani at 9443535172
More info at https://www.facebook.com/Ecoservice
An interesting attempt of creating sustainable housing( completely off the grid) in the harmony with nature and the environment by using waste products - tires, glass bottles, metal sheets, cans....along with natural materials.
Shanti, a frequent visitor, shares with us a story on Earthship which has started decades ago by Michael Reynolds in USA. Shanti explains basic design principles of Earthship Biotecture -
1. Thermal/Solar heating & cooling.
2. Solar/Winds electricity,
3. Water harvesting,
4. contained sewage treatment,
5. food production,
6. building with Natural & Recycled materials
The upcycling studio located in the Udavi campus recently inaugurated an exhibition of its recycled work. Auroville Radio speaks with Marc, Ok and Orly who are passionate about reducing and reusing waste open our eyes and minds to help us tackle this pressing issue. Visitors and students enjoyed the products and ideas exhibited and were impressed by its overall message. For more information you can visit the upcycling studio Auroville Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/upcyclingstudioauroville/.
Auroville is the biggest member in the GEN Global Ecovillage Network, but most Aurovillans not even know about the existence of the Network. Representants of the GEN are these days in Auroville and speak about their network. Daniel Greenberg spoke about the work of GEN, Serena Aurora showed a film about it, and the audience discussed about why Auroville is not more involved in the GEN network. A highlighting of the speak and the discussion. The next speak will be on Tuesday, January 26th, at 4 pm at Pitchandikulam. The film about GEN can be seen here: https://auroraseye.wordpress.com/documentaries/gen-global-ecovillage-network/
La soirée du 26 mai au Forum 104 autour de Gilles Boeuf, biologiste et de Patrick Viveret, philosophe sur la question "Quelles nouvelles sociétés à construire ensemble", animée par Nadia Loury, Présidente d'Auroville International France a connu un grand succès. La salle était comble, plus de 170 personnes. Beaucoup d'énergie positive dans l'air, de l'optimisme accompagnait la gravité des propos.
Gilles Boeuf a commencé par raconter l'histoire merveilleuse de la vie depuis 3,8 milliards d'années, des bactéries à l'humain, les défis écologiques qui nous attendent et leurs incidences sur la planète et notre bien être. Il a insisté sur la nécessité d'un changement intérieur, comme l'évoquait, dès 1915 Sri Aurobindo et plus récemment Edgar Morin, qui appelle à la "métamorphose de l'humain" en utilisant la métaphore de la chenille qui devient papillon. Patrick Viveret a posé la question : est-on dans un univers qui a du sens? Il a expliqué le rôle particulier du "ministère de l'humanité " dans cet univers. Il a introduit un élément de compréhension sur la modernité, liée à une conception matérialiste ayant provoqué l'émancipation de la science qui s'est ensuite coupée de la nature. Le pouvoir politico-religieux était et est toujours un frein à l'évolution spirituelle. De nombreuses questions ont été posées aux intervenants.
Nous avons terminé la soirée sous la verrière par des échanges informels autour d'un verre.