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Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Pioneer Spirit

Sadhana Forest is about growing trees and growing people. Volunteers from all over the world, as well as Aurovillians, work together in this new reforestation project. They practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, water resource management, and composting toilets. Last week, Aviram who has created this community with his wife Yorit, organized an experimental one week workshop on earthbag construction. Around 40 volunteers and Aurovilians full of positive energy and good will, trying to build an earthbag dome! AurovilleRadio spent an afternoon to capture the warm ambiance and some impressions of this workshop.

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Comments: 0 Date: 19 Jan 2009

Integrated Hydrologic

Dr. Vishal Mehta is a hydrologist and environmental modeler with ten years of experience in water resources, forest conservation and micro-hydropower for rural development. In the talk given by him is presented current work involving the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) software system, a scenario-driven water resources software specifically designed for Planning and Policy evaluation. These modeling tools play an important role in providing a Water Resources Perspective on local and regional planning levels and are particularly vital in Auroville, given India’s largely unplanned growth.

Comments: 0 Date: 19 Dec 2008

Adhi speaks about Botanical Garden

Adhi, born in Edayanchavadi, works in the Botanical Garden, which aims to educate people about local plants and how they remain green even in the dry conditions. He has introduced the use of native species in Auroville rather than exotic plants which need lots of water and maintenance. Local children from 150 government schools in the region come to the botanical garden and are taught about the nursery and alternative energy, plant trees and are encouraged to take plants home to create gardens. There are also attempts to produce and conserve seeds of native Indian vegetables – original heritage seed independent of commercial genetically-modified seed.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Oct 2008

Aviram speaks about Sadhana Forest

Five years ago, Aviram launched an indigenous reforestation project, and he speaks about the link between growing trees and the development of the people involved. The project is run as sustainably as possible, with a four-bike gym used to generate electricity when solar is not enough. There is no electricity in the houses – the community centre is the only building with light, meaning that people naturally gather there in the evenings. He says everyone can contribute to global efforts in small ways but that on the other hand it may well be that some radical measures are also needed.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Oct 2008

About renewable energies and recycling

Gilles G, one of the founders of Solar Kitchen, talks about using the sun to produce steam to power a canteen to cater for up to 1,000 people. The system is still a hybrid, with diesel used to supplement sunshine, but previous diesel consumption has been cut by more than 30 percent.Robi from Aureka also talks about the production of wind pumps and their use in the green belt where the ban on electricity and diesel forces people to go for alternatives.
And Gillian, coordinator of the waste collection service Ecoservice, speaks of attempts to avoid landfill, and to establish recycling – getting inspired help from local people who, for example, pointed out that things such as toothbrushes can be recycled.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Oct 2008

Build Your Own House!

With a background in carpentry and now architecture, Regina built her own house using mostly sustainable products like mud, coconut fiber, red earth, stone, and bamboo. Are you worried about earthquakes or termites attacking your house?’ From the first layer of red earth to the woven roof, Regina will tell you how she built her own house. Listen to the following program for Regina’s step-by-step guide to build your own earth-sourced house. Regina also offers personal consultation to dedicated builders.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Oct 2008

A constructive dialogue

Last Saturday AurovilleRadio started a new live broadcast program: “Dialogue with a Dream." The first topic:’ “Water” specifically the proposed lake at Matrimandir. This discussion among the experts included; Toby, Prashant, Rauf, Suhasini, Chandresh, Aryadeep and Charlie was constructive and positive. We would like to share a few excerpts from the discussion with the community, as a precurser to the General Meeting on this subject on Monday. Please note that we have tried to compress one hour of discussion into 15 min.
To listen the whole discussion you can pass by the radio and ask for a CD copy.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Oct 2008

Lucas talks about EcoPro

Effective micro-organisms (EM) technology is a liquid mix of microbes developed in Japan, which promotes vigorous plant growth, producing better agricultural crops. It can also be used to manage organic waste, even sewerage and polluted water bodies, reducing smells and controlling rotting. He is promoting the use of EM in waste management across Tamil Nadu as well as in Auroville, where people use it in their houses as well as in farms. Although academics are still skeptical, those using EM are convinced. “In the end, a solid waste management facility depends on skillful management and very little technology and very simple infrastructure,” he says.

Comments: 0 Date: 02 Oct 2008

Toward Renewable Energy

Min, a newcomer to Auroville who arrived in 2007 and works for AuroRE, talks about his organisation’s recent developments in renewable energy technology and the best ways to progress in the future. He also talks about ways to replace kerosene in homes, the use of pedal power and the possible ways of raising awareness of sustainable energy forms amongst India’s population.

Comments: 0 Date: 02 Oct 2008

Dialogue with a Dream

AurovilleRadio is starting a new monthly program of live broadcasts called "Dialogue with a Dream," in which a conversation will be held on current’ topics of interest in Auroville. The whole idea is to bring a dialogue into a session where people from different points of view can express themselves,’ initiating dialogue with one another. The proposed topic for this first session is about water, specifically the proposed lake at Matrimandir.
Listen to AurovilleRadio to hear this live broadcast on Saturday, 4th of October,’ 5:15 pm.

Comments: 0 Date: 01 Oct 2008
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