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Category Archives: Ecology Awareness

Alternatives to coal fired plants

Making more money? More pollution? Who will pay ounce more?
Jana from l'avenir d'Auroville & Nityanand Jayaraman writer and social activist from Chennai for coal fired projects showed us live from Unity Pavillion a side of thinking through a film projection about the terrible consequences a new power plant construction near Chennai would make to the soils, water, animals, birds and therefore human beings. Nity explained us with slides the possible alternatives to avoid such a disaster.
Auroville's great consultants is one of them. 
Awareness is the 1st step so watch the Film on youtube "Kayal Kadhaigal"



Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2015

Botanical garden's new Labyrinth

Volunteers, staff and friends of the Botanical Gardens celebrated a new Labyrinth just before the official Pongal Holidays. First we inscribed a pebble with a wish and followed the pathway to the center where it was dropped, later we hugged the old Frangipani tree that was saved from a construction site in Pondichery and at the end a delicious lunch was served. Visit the site for more information on the fabulous work that has been and remains to be achieved! http://www.auroville-botanical-gardens.org Bryan Walton research on Labyrinths

Do It Now – Climate Change

Sing for Climate at Solar Kitchen yesterday at lunch time. Second attempt to remind the community to sing along at Auroville Singing Festival on 11th of October where we will join the global initiative to voice our support for the climate. Auroville would be the first to participate in this campaign (which has started two years back in Belgium) sing for the climate in India. "Do it now" by Bella Ciao We need to wake up We need to wise up We need to open our eyes And we need to do it no! We need to build a better future And we need to start right now.....


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Sep 2014

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.

They travel through the ecosystem, and specifically the water cycle, in a compassionate story of friendship and collaboration with nature. Jalam shows the children many wonders of nature, explains scientific facts and new discoveries, and the mismanagement done by humans. He also gives clues on how to restore harmony. The paper version of the Water Book is illustrated by Emanuele and is available in four languages: English, French, Tamil, and Italian. The complete audio version will be available soon. Contact sandrine@auroville.org.in. A Lilaloka project, with special thanks to Ahelia, Jesse and Yam, as well as to Andrea (AV radio) and Nadaka, for the music. lilalokaproject.blogspot.in/ '


Comments: 0 Date: 18 Nov 2013

Biodiversity – Our Future

Giille Boeuf, professor at the University Pierre-et-Marrie Curie and professor at the college de France shared with the community yesterday at Unity Pavilion, International Zone an interesting talk - Biodiversity: From the Ocean and the Forest to the City. A condense overview of life on our planet Earth consisting of 3,8 billion years of high sustainability. Where do we stand now, what we need to do in order to survive, and safe the life... what transformation we should do, individually and collectively..... Professor Boeuf tried to answer on those questions with his talk.

Rinpoche visits Last School

Within two days of visit of His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche in Auroville he, amongst other, stopped at Last School. The main purpose of his visit of students was to share some inspiring thoughts, examples on sustainability, and the projects he supports in the nearby villages of his residence. His Holiness is of a strong opinion that situation requires rise in the awareness of ecological issues, and tries to deliver the message across on the Buddhist way. This is supported by some direct actions. He is very positive about the changes that are happening globally today

Where, How to Dispose Our Sludge

Yesterday's General Meeting to discuss sludge disposal put light on some old, temporary solutions, some new solutions found in the world. Margarita, an expert in biotechnology, and who works with probiotics, shared with us some examples on how to treat sludge from waste water. Shocking was a report of toxicity of our sludge which is, although we try to be aware, still high with chemical commonly used in our households. Beside progress report by Auroville Council, we heard also Tom and Bindu.


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Sep 2014

Our Garbage, 1 Hour

Alex, a volunteer from Canada, and the first volunteer at Eco Service started an interesting campaign - 1 hour involvement, where he plea to all of us to know our garbage better, and to actively participate in the segregation of it.  
As environmental consultant he is passionate about the topic, and willing to try some different approaches (with joy and smile on his face) to involve community in the process of dealing with the garbage.



Comments: 0 Date: 16 Feb 2015

Mr Bhaskaran Rao the activist

Mr Rao is the founder of the Center of Media Studies, shares his tireless and dynamic messages as an environmental and social activist. Auroville and Pondicherry are hosting the CMS Vatavaran (environmental) Film Festival where they engage the youth with professionals, educational institutions and Governments to share and empower responsibility and actions for the environment. In this interview he shares the passion. www.cmsvatavaran.org The 2014 CMS VATAVARAN theme was mainstreaming biodiversity conservation at different levels to promote living in harmony with nature.


Comments: 0 Date: 09 Oct 2014

Repos, Our Beach

Past few years the battle to preserve our dear Repos beach community were intense. Still, due to bad erosion which would require involvement also from Tamil Nadu authorities, most of the houses are sunk . For few past week enthusiastic Aurovilians are trying at least to bring back the spirit of Sunday Repos, know as our day of rest, socializing with friends and neighbors...some good food...In short interviews with Boomi, Tina and Kumaran we find out what are their intentions, plans, hopes for the future. Yesterday feeling was nice, lively..


Comments: 0 Date: 27 Jul 2014