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Posts Tagged ‘Forest’

The Skate Park

The Skate Park, is a youth hub, a forest island, and a safe environment to bring families, friends and children together.

Have you heard what is happening at the new Skate Park in Dehashakti?
First of all let me give you directions on how to get there:
If you are driving from the Youth Center towards Fertile, pass Minati and a few hundred meters on your right you will see the Dehashakti sign. Enter and take the very first sharp right. You will be in a skate park in the middle of the forest.

I spoke to Edgar, one of the founders of the Skate Park, and he described a bit of the history and the movement behind it.
Let’s give kudos to the Auroville youth that managed to procure funding to initiate this park; transport the metal ramp originally in Aurovelo to the Skate Park to centralize the activities and improve the layout , so now they have two ramps in the court. With surplus money they even added a staircase to the ramp and built a tree house.
Another cool aspect of this project is that the Skate Park is part of a plan of conservation of the green corridor, which includes the wild life in the area and the forest. The green corridor links to the city center by cycle and foot paths.
The Skate Park as it is now functions already as a youth hub, but also it attracts families – sometimes with very small children. With the addition of a playground and toilets, the park would be ideal.
So far there are quite a few new skaters attending classes twice weekly, and about 20 regular skaters; and there is a yearly event that includes a light- hearted competition, so look out for the announcement of their next event.

Peace Day, Universal Mother

CAT – On Tuesday 19th at 4.30pm at Unity Pavilion – The Universal Mother according to Sri Aurobindo With Deepti Tewari .

Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 5pm Citadines – Centre d’Art -The French Pavilion presents LA VERTU HÉROÏQUE The French Pavilion presents LA VERTU HÉROÏQUE

On Saturday , 23rd of Spetmeber at CRIPA at 8pm RIP by Savit Rani – A funny touching deep monologue about being a Woman in India Today.

On Thursday 21st of September from 2.30 pm onward Unity Pavilion invites you all to International Peace day celebrations.

Action days in a future forest!Learn the basics of what forest stewards have to do to reforest the land in Auroville by working alongside them. meet them on 22nd of September at 7.50am at Minatti gate.


Comments: 0 Date: 18 Sep 2017

Internship in Auroville

Internship and discovering this beautiful place are two of the many reasons many interns and volunteers come here and spend time at Mitra youth hostel where they get to meet a lot of architectural as well as designer students. In conversation with few of the interns, we get to know more about their life in Auroville.

Horses in Auroville

Horses and Humans share a special relationship with each other through love and understanding. In conversation with Achilles and Mahi from Baraka and Priyamvada from Horse-Friends at Deha Shakti, we get to know more about the horses and their activities at the farm.

Sustainable Living in Auroville

Yesterday, at the Sustainable Living Institute in Kottakarai was a workshop conducted as a part of a Reasearch program between Heriot Watt Univeristy, Findhorn Foundation College, Scene Connect, CSR, Buddha Garden and Auroville Consultancy. The workshop was meant to learn from the local farmers about the challenges and opportunities in the Tamil Nadu farming community.

This interview is with Micheal and Andrew who are visiting academics from Findhorn Foundation College and Herriot-Watt university. They are developing sustainable agriculture and energy conserving practices . They talk about the technology being tested here could potentially be implemented at a mass scale, and help drastically reduce the unbridled consumption of natural resources. The irrigation systems being developed could result in a 60% reduction in water consumption of irrigation, reduction in compost input, increase in yield and increase in nutrient content of the harvest.

Poppo on Archeology

Poppo Pingel is a celebrated architect, who came to Auroville in 1968 for the inauguration as the German delegate. In this interview, Pingel talks about his passion for archeology that stayed with him throughout his life, but found an outlet in Auroville. He describes his various findings from his very first excavation attempt to his recent discoveries as well as the challenges that accompanied them. Additionally, he discusses the archeological park he established (which is situated on Crown Road between Solar Kitchen and Visitors Centre) and explains why he chose to create a ‘park’ instead of a conventional historical site.

UNITING FOR AUROVILLE'S LAND

UNITING FOR AUROVILLE’S LAND – HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RADIO

Auroville Radio brings you quick access to some of the special events held at the Unity Pavilion during February to raise money for buying Auroville’s land. Mandakini, the original organizer of “Acres For Auroville” (A4A) and co-founder of its offshoot “Art For Land”, is a dedicated full-time all-around worker for these large-scale fund raising efforts. She shares the latest results of the A4A campaign and the aims and results of the Art for Land auction. Mandakini tells us about many of the beautiful donors and about different solidarity actions for the land. She also explains the principles followed to make sure that the money donated to buy Auroville’s land is never used for anything else. In this interview we feel Mandakini’s deep, sincere, commitment to Auroville’s growth, and we meet a beautiful soul, dedicated to serving the ideals of Auroville.

Auroville Radio has created a special web-link page for people who could not come to fund raising events. Click on the special web-link page below and you will have the links to give you immediate access to seven fund-raising events; three talks, three concerts, and an interview from the Unity Pavilion’s February fund-raising program.

https://www.aurovilleradio.org/lfau

Talking about Flux

On 11 March, a group of people witnessed the launch of book Islands in Flux’ by Pankaj Sekhsaria in Bhavishyate, Bharat Nivas. Pankaj has been engaged with issues in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from past many years. He presented his two books “The Last Wave, a fictional story talking about lost loves, a culture, a community” and “Islands in Flux, writings on different issues and developments in Andaman and Nicobar Islands over past few years”. In his presentation he also touched upon various issues of Andaman and Nicobar Islands like change in climate (frequent earthquakes and tsunami), living standards of tribal people and wildlife and how human activities are causing environmental imbalance.
The presentation was followed by an interactive session of questions and answers.


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Mar 2017

Interview with Anna Bohlmark

Anna Bohlmark, a film maker from Sweden is in Auroville, to experience Auroville and give an experience to people for Auroville through her film, Fog of Bwindi. It is a very heart touching short film, which is more of documentary of events which occurred in 1991, when the Uganda government decided (with the backing of World Bank) to convert the Bwindi forest area into a protected national park. And in order to make successful this decision, the government had to evacuate and literally remove the indigenous people of that region, the pygmies of the Batwa tribe. The national park is a big tourist attraction, paying 500US$ per person to observe and engage with the endangered species of guerrilla. The government completely undersighted the relationship of the Batwa pygmies who have inhabitated those regions for 1000’s of years. The pygmies now find themselves, without their home nor land to basically survive upon. No help, support or rehabilitation plan was prepared for evacuation of nearly 6000 pygmies. Anna through her film, ventures deep into the lives of these unique and indigenous people to tell state of what occurred in their lives, when their own government abandoned them with any show or cause.


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Feb 2017

10th Auroville Marathon for Land

10th edition of Auroville Marathon – Run for the Joy of Runnig was about to end. Crowded with happy, yet tired faces of runners, loudspeakers heard from far announcing the arriving runners….
In between we caught Ananad, one of the core organizers who shared with us some facts and figures – this year was around 400 to 500 more runners than previous year, 3150 registered, and 2800 bibs were picked up; from Auroville 52, and from bioregion 250 runners participated; apart from 20 members of core organizing team also 500 people volunteer for different tasks needed to be look up if marathon should be successful. As Annand mentioned since 3rd Auroville Marathon 5000 to 6000 breakfasts are prepared every year for that occasion .
Design – logo for the T-shirt this year was designed by an Auroville student, and T-shirts are in white, and blue, with the Mother symbol, representing different tasks of volunteers for the marathon.
Out of almost a quarter of Auroville population who volunteered Kalsang shared some impressions, emphasizing that is always a privilege to volunteer at the occasion. Kalsang this year had a group of boys from TCV school who are currently in Auroville as exchange students, and they also shared some impressions.
On the way out, toward Visitor’s Centre three participants share their thoughts on Auroville Marathon, mostly stating that is fresh, and well maintained marathon.

Novelty to this year marathon is the point, that it falls in the month of raising funds to purchase land, which still does not belong to Auroville.


Comments: 0 Date: 12 Feb 2017
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