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Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability’

Auroville Papers

Much more than paper, Auroville Papers is a unit that works as a team where there is no hierarchy, but only friendship and sharing of creativity and responsibility. They work in true Auroville spirit.
This is one of the units that started in the early times when conditions were difficult, but nevertheless in time they have expanded and improved their work.
With the recent change of economy, Auroville Papers had to adapt, and this pushed the team to be more innovative. Now not only do they produce aesthetic stationery, but they have also extended their repertoire to include all sorts of handicrafts, such as: earrings, door screens, a large variety of decorative items, and also some art work. One item that particularly caught my eye was a beautiful sculpture of a white unicorn (see our video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqW332od3KA). I felt like I had just walked into an art gallery rather than a paper factory.
Because of the economic change Luisa remarked that we cannot be passive. We always need to be challenged in life if we want to keep ourselves well and active, and stay awaken. It is a work of challenges and creativity says Jean Jaques.
These words reminded me that “all life is Yoga”.

At the interview we have Jean Jaques, Herve’,and Luisa

Architect Suhasini Ayer

In conversation with Suhasini Ayer, we get to know about how she chose Architecture as a subject to study, what brought her to Auroville, her upcoming project Humanscapes, young architects and the future of India and Auroville in terms of architecture.

Eco Femme's journey so far

Eco Femme began in 2010 and aims to promote cloth pads amongst women by raising more awareness. In this interview, Kathy talks about the hazards of using plastic sanitary pads, the taboos that surround menstruation, and the need to make the switch.

Find out more about Eco Femme at
https://ecofemme.org/

Talk about Eco Femme and Eco pro

Celia, a volunteer working with Eco Femme (started by two aurovilians and now carried on by 13 more people) talked about the initiative taken in the field of Sustainable Menstruation. She gave the details of how our recent sanitary pads (which are made of 90% plastic) usage is affecting the environment and how its going to affect in future as they cannot be decomposed atleast for hundreds of years. She talked about the products of Eco Femme, the usage of all of them and how they are sustainable as they do not contain plastics and can be reused. She explained the need to spread awareness in the field of menstruation and also asking people to be the Eco Femme ambassador to aware people about healthier menstrual practices and to help the initiative reach its goal.
It was followed by the talk of Dr. Lucas (of EcoPro) who works in the field of hygiene. He introduced the idea of Dry Toilets and talked about the importance of dry toilets, its usages, solid waste management and how the waste can be used in farming which will reduce the use of various chemicals. He also talked about EM (effective micro organisms) developed for farming, crop cultivation, improve quality of yields and later it was discovered that it can be used for waste water treatment and sanitation as it curbs smell and keep it clean. He had also faced various challenges in the way of carrying his idea forward but still continuing with it for better environment.


Comments: 0 Date: 29 Mar 2017

The Joy of Impermanence

CIRHU started “Aurovillian Conversations”, a series of weekly reflections between students, volunteers, newcomers and interested people with Aurovillians and friends of Auroville with experience in specific fields of knowledge.
This week Michael shared his passionate outlook and ideas on the building of sustainable communities based on the joy of impermanence. He spoke with a clarity of vision which all appreciated, it felt like a fresh breeze on a hot summer’s day.

Future Art Poetry by Celestine

Celestine is one of Auroville’s early artist pioneers in the field of re cycled art. Now she is focusing on what she calls “Road Art”. She is deeply passionate about this and has composed some beautiful poems on the subject. I went to visit her in her home to listen and record, so as to share these pearls, which are even more so relevant during our “Litter Free Auroville Campaign”.

49th Foundation Day of Auroville

Right after the sunrise bonfire at the Matrimandir, Aurovillians have participated in the photo gathering at Tibetian Pavilion on 28 February 2017 to celebrate the 49th Foundation Day of Auroville.

Participants were formed in the shape of ‘The Mother’s symbol’ which resembles the message of human unity and and divine consciousness. The photos were captured by the drone camera organized by Max and other members of Auroville International.

Speaking to Auroville Radio, Mr. Julia, an American who has been at Auroville International since its foundation said that this 49th Foundation Day is just special because Auroville would be gearing up for the golden jubilee celebrations next year and would cherish all the activities done so far at Auroville. He also thanked the local authorities especially the people of Pondicherry who have been generous is extending help and the helping spread the mission of human unity and peace for global development and divine consciousness.

Kavitha from Youth Link and Anandi from the Realization of Auroville have expressed their views at the program.


Comments: 0 Date: 19 Mar 2017

Integral Economy

Jean Francois Noubel leads a special gathering at the Unity Pavillion sharing his knowledge, ideas and experience about moving to an Integral Economy.
Now we need to take a deep breath and explore ways to start, to begin, this evolutionary and spiritually economic shift here in Auroville, then the world.

CAT06 Jean-Francois Noubel Shares

On Thursday the 12th Janurary 2017 Jean-Francois Noubel shared his insights, knowledge and experiences about the implementation of “The Gift Economy” and about the power and necessity of “Collective Evolution” with many helpful pointers and tools.
His approach was so inspiring and perfect for the need of the moment, prioritizing the utmost importance on bringing silence and presence into all of our daily interactions.

70% output with Solarus Solar

Eureka! Mankind has crossed yet another milestone in sustainable energy and all credit due to Solarus Solar.
A company set out to revolutionize the world with their patented innovative technology, which not only gives comparatively four times the solar output but is the only unique product in the market which can heat your water at the same time as producing electricity. We met with the Mr Leen Zevenbergen, CEO of Solarus Solar, who is here in Auroville doing their first ever installation in India. This historic accomplishment was made possible by enormous efforts and good will from Auroville Consulting and Sunlit Unit from Auroville.
It is very impressive to hear from Leen the core values on which this technology and his company is operating from, it goes to strengthen the ideology of clean energy and clean values.
The company was given a prestigious award ‘Accenture Innovation Award’ and were granted membership to the social stock exchange of London.
More details and contact info is available from their website www.solarus.com. Also joining the conversation are Nagarsammi, their representative in India and Jeron, who is working with Auroville Consulting.


Comments: 1 Date: 08 Jan 2017
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