Deepavali consumption

It’s Deepavali again and once again debates are raging about whether or not one should burst crackers. The first I heard about this was at a school assembly a few years ago. One senior student focused her presentation on the problem of child labour in factories that make fireworks. But there are other arguments circulating … More Deepavali consumption

Not in my Backyard

I just finished reading the new book Not in my Backyard and viewing the short accompanying documentary of the same title. Both are put out by the Centre for Science and Environment, publishers of Down to Earth magazine. This is such important work–to do a survey of solid waste management across the country and to share the … More Not in my Backyard

“It’s about learning not to buy so much stuff”.

So said a young boy in the 7th standard class who finished up Devika akka’s upcycling workshop today. I’m so happy that he–and actually many others in this class–realised that the point isn’t about upcycling and making things out of trash. The point is to get a sense of what we throw away and what … More “It’s about learning not to buy so much stuff”.

Spot the Batteries

This week my Garbology 101 students began to learn about e-waste. We did a little exercise which asked them to colour in all the objects on the page that require batteries to operate. It was interesting to see what they missed. Most of them didn’t pay attention to what was outside the window. Not everyone noticed … More Spot the Batteries

Back to School

School began this week and I had my first Garbology 101 class with my 4th standard students yesterday. I realise that it is going to be quite a bit different than it was last year. In a lot of ways this is going to be a better test of whether this curriculum works. Last year … More Back to School

Buying in bulk

I’ve been shopping at Organicz4U for over a year, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me that they sold food in bulk. Yes, their bins were right in front of my eyes, but I hadn’t looked inside nor had I thought to ask about it until last night. I have also found a number … More Buying in bulk