For the past month my Garbology 101 class has been engaged in a scientific experiment to see how composting differs depending on 3 different conditions. It began when we took organic waste and broke up into 3 different glass jars with air holes drilled into each lid. In the first jar, we added nothing. In … More Decomposers in Action
This week my Garbology 101 class went to our school’s estate to learn about composting. The estate’s director, Santosh, who I’ve learned so much from about farming (he runs an indigenous seed bank), indigenous cows (we have a sperm bank to help promote local species), and composting. Yesterday, he shared his wealth of knowledge with … More Fun with composting
One of my favourite Garbology lessons is this one. It asks you to take the children outdoors, to explore under rocks, rotting logs, piles of decomposing leaves. The objective? Learn how nature naturally recycles and see why it’s so crucial for us humans to work with and not against nature by recycling too. It’s … More Creative Composters
Probably the most difficult aspect of waste that I’ve encountered is e-waste. At home I’ve been collecting e-waste for 2 years (fortunately it’s very little: mostly batteries and CFL light bulbs) largely because I didn’t know how to dispose of it properly. The same thing is true at school where I’ve been collecting for myself … More e-waste
I’m not sure how I first learned about the Daily Dump, but it’s one of the first places I checked out when I first moved to Bangalore five years ago. I wasn’t yet ready to begin composting, but it certainly intrigued me. Now after composting at school with the children for the past few years, … More Urban Composting with the Daily Dump
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?
One of the most important things you can do to dramatically cut down on your contribution to your surrounding environment is to compost. I only began composting last year and I’ve managed to do it at home (Bangalore) and at school (Rishi Valley)–both an urban and a rural setting. At home, we have a khumba … More Composting
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