Issue No. 298, May 2014
Quietly making an impact: Auroville's solid waste outreach
Rajamani explaining the need for trash segregationThe event was planned innocuously enough. It was inspired when Ribhu, our Aurovilian waste warrior, observed the sub-standard quality of the solid waste segregation system at the Unity Pavilion. Shivaya of the Unity Pavilion agreed and requested his help. She said that the Tamil workers generally handle the waste there and they needed training. So Ribhu of WasteLESS and Niranjan of EcoPro prepared an interactive presentation in Tamil on the importance of waste segregation. They sent out a few announcements to the community. 92 workers from different places in Auroville arrived.The overwhelming interest in this session surprised everyone, including its organizers. “I thought 20-30 people would show up,” said Niranjan. Clearly there is a high demand for this information, proven not just in the turn out, but also in the receptivity of the audience. What began as an Auroville-based training for workers quickly became a discussion on so...