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Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable’

The Low-Tech Lab meets Auroville

The Low-Tech Lab, an initiative of young ingenious inventors working together to meet basic needs of humanity in a creative sustainable and environmental friendly approach.
One of the main focuses of Low-Tech Lab is working on a global collaborative research program and open-source documentation.
Their next step is to locate a suitable common ground for these inventors and engineers to gather and work together. Could this common space be offered by Auroville?

http://lowtechlab.org/en

A Dream Down to Earth

For past couple of years Serens is traveling around the planet and exploring intentional communities. Her path brought her to Auroville as well where she was exploring how Auroville is today, how much it has achieved, and how much more still needs to go. We will be able to see her exploration as a world premiere of her new film – Auroville: A Dream Down to Earth on Tuesday 12th of January at 5.30pm at Kala Kendra, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India, International Zone. For that screening Serena has prepared selection of other her short films on intentional communities around the world beside the Auroville’s one which would be seen the last. Serena admires vast knowledge of Auroville community regarding spirituality, different projects and above all human unity; but she is less enthusiastic about AV architecture which she finds mostly unsustainable..

KEYNOTE: ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy efficiency in the building sector. Globally buildings account for 40% of the energy use. The total energy use in buildings is growing rapidly owing to economic development, increasing urbanization and improved lifestyles. In this talk Mili Majumdarintroduces some energy efficient strategies and practices for urban settlements and buildings that are being implemented in India. To download the presentation click here. – Director, Sustainable Habitat, TERI http://www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers


Comments: 0 Date: 30 Aug 2012

Community Living

In this interview we speak with Marti, an Aurovillian who shares her views on what makes a community work. She speaks about climate change and the drastic challenges we’re to face; and, how Auroville as a community is in a unique and inspiring position to help create solutions to some of the most pressing world problems. She offers insightful commentary on the complexity and beauty of living in a sustainable community. Her life experience with community has prepared her for the international political realm, where she works with the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) as a voice for sustainable communities.

She’s has a youthful air about her, a dynamic and sincere personality, and is quick to add laughter to the conversation. Since working with the GEN she has signed Auroville up as a member, a controversial move within the community, but she felt the need to be a part of such an inspiring organization, even though she views Auroville not as an ecovillage but as an ecotown.


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Mar 2011

Food Consumption in Auroville

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?….

..Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background…In this sixth interview Gijs (Foodlink) gives us insight in his research into food consumption in Auroville. In the process of setting up foodlink, Gijs was interested in the amounts of food eaten in Auroville, where this food is purchased and how Auroville’s agriculture meets the demands. Conclusion; Auroville can never grow all its food in its borders as long as food habits are not changed. Next, there is not enough space to feed Auroville’s dream of 50.000 inhabitants. So how do we tackle these findings. Gijs gives his personal opinions and a quantitative insight into Auroville’s challenges in the world of food.


Comments: 0 Date: 15 Feb 2011

Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan

In this last interview of the series on the ‘History and Future of Farming’ we talk with Toine. Toine’s talents lie not so much in the practical aspects of farming, but more in the organizational structuring of Auroville’s greenbelt. Having a history as former director for two multi national companies on wind and solar energy, he currently working in the Town Hall. Toine is asked to help out on the organizational aspects of the five year plan called ASAP. While each has his or her own knowledge of the local climate and soil, Toine contributes to the management and creation of a integrated approach among all the individual approaches. This talk will uncover some of the main aspects of the five year plan and its expected developments in the upcoming months.


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Feb 2011

Auroville`s Organic Outreach

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?….

..Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background… In this seventh interview Priya talks about Buddha Garden but in particular about CSF, Center for Sustainable Farming. To make financial ends meet, Priya started her CSF project together with Vivek, an organic agricultural PhD who lives at Buddha Garden. Because an extra source of income was needed, Priya and Vivek started an outreach outreach to auroville’s organic farmers community. Now the objective of spreading the word of organic farming in India and the world serves the function of raising money for the farm. In this way, Priya and Vivek try to show, that farming doesn’t need to be a time consuming enterprise as one starts to think of how to implement farming into a daily routine full with other pursuits. By means of the CSF Priya tries to be an example for both people with an interest in organic farming in India and for Aurovillians who have little time spare to share in Auroville’s food production.


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Feb 2011

Local Knowledge

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovilians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?…

…Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background…In this second interview Johnny (Fertile Farm) shares his view on the history of farming in Auroville with us. Where Charlie seemed to put the emphasis on economical changes among the Tamil villages, Johnny put more emphasis on how the local people showed him “how to eat, how to work the land, how to dress… Next Johnny explains how his farm evolved and what agricultural experiments seemed to work for him without being connected to the energy grid, or without the use of extensive irrigation. From local field crops, to vegetables, to an orchard back to local field crops, dairy and a vegetable garden grown under the protective cover of massive Banyan trees. As a final Johnny shares some of his critiques on Auroville’s developments and its sector based city planning with us.


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2011

Concerns on Food Habits

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?…

…Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background…In this fifth interview Jeff (Discipline Farm) gives us insights to Auroville’s food habits and how it influences the goal of a self supporting Auroville. Why is ASAP important for a self supportive Auroville? And which areas should it cover? Jeff shows us that there is a lot of work to be done in the field of food production and Auroville’s awareness of the origins of food.


Comments: 0 Date: 05 Feb 2011

From Dust to Forest

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?…

…Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background… In this first interview Charlie (Aurogreen Farm) gives his view on the history and challenges of farming in Auroville. Arriving in the early seventies Charlie decided to start a farm, named Aurogreen. Although at the present moment not completely in production, Charlie created a green land of forests, orchards and dairy, all produced according to organic principles. Next he gives us an insight in the developments the local peasants went through till the present day. From an rural area with villages completely dependent on there own food production did the larger Auroville developed into flourishing Tamil communities with modern needs.


Comments: 0 Date: 02 Feb 2011