There is a little oasis of sustainability, not far from Chennai, amidst rural Tamil Nadu, called Auroville. It is a place with thriving organic farms and lots of small businesses centred upon the environment in some way. This is where I first encountered the enterprising WasteLess people who created the Garbology 101 curriculum. It’s also where … More Auroville
My unshopping month was relatively successful, facilitated by the fact that I was sick and in bed for much of the month. Before I left the city, I must confess that I did purchase a couple of kurtas to go with some gifted dupattas and had blouses made for gifted saris, but other than that … More Black November or the results of my unshopping month
Over the past few months I’ve been working on raising awareness about the importance of composting and making sure one does not mix wet (organic) with dry (plastic, glass, metal, paper) waste. I’m still having trouble helping adults to understand the necessity of this, but the children seem to be very much on board. Last … More From Trash to Trees!
The past couple of weeks we’ve been learning about the difference between inorganic and organic in my garbology 101 class. I’ve been using different activities to help the children understand what organic means. First I read to them from Trupti Godbole, Govind Mukundan, and Poonam Bir Kasturi’s children’s book The Magic Gamla Pot. It’s a terrific tool … More What’s Organic?
I’ve always been environmentally inclined, but like many people my ideas haven’t always matched my actions. This blog will chronicle my attempt to not just recycle and buy locally, but to reduce what I consume as much as possible. In the past year I’ve had the wonderful experience of working with Wasteless, based in Auroville. … More Turning green