Vellore model of Solid Waste Management (seen in Satyamev Jayate’s “Don’t Waste Your Garbage” episode)


Cows, hens, frogs, ducks and earthworms—these are only some of the ‘workers’ helping C. Srinivasan to convert garbage into gold. Srinivasan, who appeared on the Don’t Waste Your Garbage episode, spoke about the ‘Vellore model’ of solid waste management which involves both animals and human beings in reusing and recycling waste. After the show, people from all walks of life approached him to learn more about handling waste responsibly. He us tells us more here.

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After the episode was aired on the morning of March 16, my phone was engaged all day, till late at night. I used to think garbage was a dry subject and nobody was really interested in it. But I was surprised that so many people want to see India clean.

Through the show, people learned about the reality of garbage and began to realize that the problem is solvable. They now want to see change in their own localities and become involved in bringing about that change. So, making India clean may not be far off. You have lit the fire and it has caught on like a forest fire; it cannot be stopped.

I was contacted by people from 16 states, and received nearly 300 emails. Out of these 50 were from total strangers. The people who contacted me wanted to know more about our Solid and Liquid Resource Management programme and implement it in their own areas. Some people even said, ‘I will give my land for this project, but I need your help with the technology.’ It isn’t so easy for people to promise their land for a project like this. Students contacted me to learn more about the SLRM project so that they can get involved in it soon after they graduate.

I also noticed that highly qualified people want to get involved in managing unwanted materials. Normally, such people want to sit in AC rooms and expect that people will come to them. But here, people with MBAs, MScs, PhDs and other postgraduate degrees contacted me. Most of them want to get involved in the field, to use their hands. Some want to use this method to develop a business; others just want to help society. At the moment, two people with MBAs are being trained by us. I feel that all these people are definitely going to be change-makers. Earlier, we were on the lookout for change-makers, but here they are waiting for us!

In addition to this, I received 12 emails from outside the country, including from a Madagascan diplomat stationed in Poland, who has approached the president of Madagascar and asked for the implementation of the SLRM programme in that country. Many people have expressed the desire to visit us and see the project site in Coimbatore. Looking at this response, we have decided to set up a training centre not only for people in Tamil Nadu but for people from across the world. They can come for a one-day visit or for a 15-day training programme, which will help them understand all the different aspects of treating and recycling unwanted solid and liquid materials. They could also stay for a year and get certified as a Grassroots-Level Consultant in SLRM from a local university.

Today, I still receive emails and calls from people who have seen the show. We’ve been waiting for this kind of response for years. Satyamev Jayate was like a rocket that pushed the issue of garbage into space. Now we just need to get it into orbit.

C. Srinivasan is the project director of Indian Green Service, an environmental organization. He can be contacted on velloresrini [at] hotmail.com.

Sourced from Satyamev Jayate website: http://www.satyamevjayate.in/Dont-Waste-Your-Garbage/EPISODE-3Impact.aspx?uid=E3-Impact-A1

Do you want to get in touch with / involved with Mr. Srinivasan and his organization?

Join their network here: http://www.indiangreenservice.com/advocacy-initiatives.html

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Earthrise : 9 min videos on the SOLUTIONS for a sustainable planet


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http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/

https://www.youtube.com/show/earthrise

earthrise explores solutions to today’s environmental challenges, taking an upbeat look at ecological, scientific, technological and design projects the world over. Our reporters meet inspiring individuals and communities leading the way in a field few can afford to ignore.

We need to dub many of these into Indian languages and spread them around!

Pump that runs without electricity


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A pump that doesn’t need electric power to run… "Ram" or water-hammer pump.. an old design that was around before the advent of electric pumps.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Worlds-greenest-water-pump/?ALLSTEPS

I don’t quite understand this one right now, but someone out there might!

Excerpt:

"last season, it hammered over 145,600 gallons of pond water up a steep hill to our garden over 700 feet away and over 100 feet higher than the pond! In the process, it saved us over 485 liters of diesel fuel we would have normally used to drive our diesel tractor to pump and tow the water around our farm.

The pump was built for about $50 worth of plumbing parts and a bunch of stuff that I had sitting in my scrap pile."

Free energy generator from India, another hoax ?


With growing energy crises all around the world, and also search for alternatives there goes parallel search of FREE ENERGY. The concept is not new its mention dates back thousands of years, with its mention found in almost all ancient culture including Vedic, from which the great inventor Nicola Tesla was inspired and there were even claims that he did made possible to trap free energy from zero point.
There have been reports and claims from all around the world about free energy generators, but none came to light or was commercially produced, with added reports of big corporations never wanted such a invention to come out as would devastate their profits.

बिना ईंधन से चलने वाला जनरेटर!
So, well this time here’s another one from India itself, I am not sure if its another hoax or is true invention and this too will be suppressed  by big dominant corporate sector.

A 10th grade failure (failure according to present education system), have made energy generator which charges its own battery.

to read original news  : click here

How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water


How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water | Off The Grid News.

Step by step instructions to build a simple box that takes in open vessels filled with any impure water. The sun’s heat collecting in the box slowly boils the water, which condenses under the sloping glass top, and is collected in a tube at the edge. What is collected is pure distilled water. This simple device (and once you get the basics you can modify it for any range of needs… ) can deliver basic life-saving drinking water from the most polluted of sources, is inexpensive and does not need too much advanced skill to set up.. just spread the basic idea and you might just save a lot of lives in a disaster.

Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting


Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting :
http://m.deccanherald.com/content/363491/this-home-free-clutter-power.html/

Indian knife innovation


Jugaad has been integral part of Indian life style,  creating useful items from the limited resources is the basis of jugaad technology,   Check out this amazing Indian knife innovation.

 

Alaknanda – rain water harvesting systems


Rain is an ultimate source of all water resources on earth. Therefore, all water in use is, in effect, rainwater-harvesting systems. The process of rainwater harvesting would include catching rainwater, filtering or treatment and directing it to storage or recharge. Storage could be in tanks, ponds or lakes wherever appropriate and recharge of ground water through well/tube well/bore well or a specially designed well. Rainwater harvesting or rooftop rainwater harvesting is the technique through which rainwater is captured from roof catchments and stored in tanks/reservoirs/ground water aquifers.

 

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To know more and request quote visit : http://www.alaknanda.co.in/rain-water-harvesting.htm

Pedal-A-Watt – stationary bicycle power generator


A DIY idea to make a power generator which can be made to produce power using any bicycle. just take it along with you anywhere in the wilderness and your laptop and mobile will never fall short of power. All you need to know is the idea , which you will get in this link and basic electronics and mechanics which you can learn easily on net by googling the terms charge controller or voltage stabilizer to supply constant supply of electricity to your device, asking help to your engineer friend would make things further easier. Setup is similar to small generators attached to wheel for lighting headlights on bicycles easily available on many diy sites.


So check out this link to get the idea of making your own power generator —  http://www.econvergence.net/The-Pedal-A-Watt-Bicycle-Generator-Stand-s/1820.htm

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DIY Rocket Stove


A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney which ensures complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.

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The principles were described by Dr. Larry Winiarski from Aprovecho in 1982 and stoves based on this design won Ashden Awards in both 2005 and 2006. Interest in rocket stoves has led to the development of rocket mass heaters and other innovations.
A rocket stove achieves efficient combustion of the fuel at a high temperature by ensuring a good air draft into the fire, controlled use of fuel, complete combustion of volatiles, and efficient use of the resultant heat. It has been used for cooking purposes in many energy poor locales as well as for space and water heating.

Check out this design made of materials easily found around any house or farm – http://devandhema.blogspot.in/2013/11/a-really-exciting-rocket-stove-project.html

Bhoomi College – For sustainability studies


Step into the world of Bhoomi College — http://www.bhoomicollege.org/
A unique community-based institution focused on fostering Earth Consciousness and Sustainable Living…

Bhoomi College has been an idea, a dream in seed form for a long, long time. It continued to grow through the Prakriya Green Wisdom School, where in subtle and tangible ways they continued to work on building consciousness about ecologically wise living.
In 2007, a group, began working on an Earth Citizenship seminar and then went on to organizing conferences on Food, Health and Climate Change(2009) and on The Good Life (2011). As Bhoomi Network this group expanded, and after 2 years of bringing out the Bhoomi magazine and organizing several programmes on Inner and Outer Ecology, they are now a formal college as well.

to know more check out – http://www.facebook.com/BhoomiCollege

Also check out – www.prakriyaschool.org

The everlasting bulb


Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again.

Benito Muros is one of the world’s businessmen who haven’t accepted planned obsolescence,The founder of the SOP movement  (Sin Obsolescencia Programada= Without Planned Obsolescence), has hit out against planned obsolescence by making an everlasting light bulb and establishing a movement with the aim of putting an end to the abusive practices of multinational companies.

read more about  “The Everlasting Light Bulb”  at – http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fight-against-consumerism-and-planned-obsolescence-the-everlasting-light-bulb/5336950

until we get some one inspired by the SOP movement and we start getting these bulbs in India too, here is quick DIY about what to do with old fused bulbs.

Parabolic Solar Cookers


Solar cookers in various sizes both for homes and the Community, these are unique and small  parabolic solar cookers which are very much suitable for mid day meals, schools, hostels, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, offices, small factories, home scale cooking related small business, clubs, associations, communities, refugee camps, etc.

more details at – http://www.tinytechindia.com/Template/index.php?id=55&Title=SOLAR%20COOKER
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Satvik Parabolic Solar Cooker

Bio gas plant


http://www.tinytechindia.com/Template/index.php?id=59&Title=BIO%20GAS%20PLANTS

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Barefoot college, tilonia (rajasthan)


In 1965 a young post graduate student, SANJIT “BUNKER” ROY volunteered to spend the summer working with famine affected people in Palamu District Bihar, now Jharkhand, one of the poorest of India’s states. His urban elitist upbringing had distanced him from poverty and destitution. This experience changed him, and formed the determination to fight poverty and inequality. It became his mission. The idea of the SWRC (Social Works and Research Centre), Tilonia emerged from these concerns.

http://www.barefootcollege.org

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Solar solutions – SELCO SOLAR PVT. LTD


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http://www.selco-india.com

SELCO Solar Pvt. Ltd, a social enterprise established in 1995, provides sustainable energy solutions and services to under-served households and businesses. It was conceived in an effort to dispel three myths associated with sustainable technology and the rural sector as a target customer base:

1) Poor people cannot afford sustainable technologies;
2) Poor people cannot maintain sustainable technologies;
3) Social ventures cannot be run as commercial entities.

SELCO aims to empower its customer by providing a complete package of product, service and consumer financing through grameena banks, cooperative societies, commercial banks and micro-finance institutions.

 

solar water heating systems


visit the link — http://solarmaxx.co.in/

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If you want  the luxury to use Hot Water all round the year without a question of you spending the hard-earned money on electricity, coal, wood or gas bills. Moreover, your investment in Solar Water Heating is eligible for several benefits and rebates.

The SolarMaxx Solar Water Heating systems are built around the revolutionary Evacuated Vacuum tubes technology. These vacuum tubes help raise the water temperature faster even during partially cloudy or foggy conditions.

SolarMaxx Solar Water Heating is ideal for Home, Hotel, Hostel, Hospital and industrial water heating.

visit the link to know more details about the product — http://solarmaxx.co.in/

Bangladesh Hits 1 Million Solar Home Systems


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-guay/bangladesh-hits-1-million_b_2293643.html

"The Bangladesh story however, is particularly exciting because Grameen has singlehandedly shattered the energy ‘axioms’ on which the international policy community has relied for decades: Renewable energy is too expensive: Wrong. Even if solar makes sense the poor can’t afford it or they won’t pay: Wrong. The grid will come regardless so off grid, decentralized energy is a waste of time, money, and effort: Wrong, wrong, wrong. What Bangladesh does prove is that Carl Pope is right: deploying solar makes the most sense for off-grid areas where the economics are compelling and the need is great.

That’s what makes the next phase of the solar revolution even more exciting. That’s because today we are talking about 1 million solar home systems in Bihar, but tomorrow we could easily be talking about tens of millions in either Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, Indian states that have off-grid populations larger than most European nations."

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