These young men (and women) are from India’s Marsh

At 26, Arun Krishnamurthy, an eco-warrior concerned about water, has 17 lakes against his name. His ‘army’ of 50 EFI (The Environmentalist Foundation of India) volunteers have so far cleaned 17 polluted lakes in India. Just as he wanted, his foundation has become ‘an agency that drives people’s participation.’ For example, in last August, he motivated over 100 school children to take part in a lake clean-up, collecting over 100 sacks of garbage in the end! In another instance, his group’s inspiration drove a community to pool in money to restore their local lake. So active are the girls within the EFI that they have set up a group called ‘The Environmentalist Foundation for Women’ to encourage women’s participation. Besides cleaning lakes, the group drives their cause in a variety of ways, such as awareness creation through street plays, and is setting up biodiversity parks in local schools.

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Original story http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/men-are-from-marsh/article4698864.ece
The website of The Environmentalist Foundation of India http://www.indiaenvironment.org/

 

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‘Pouring’ light onto the bottled-up lives of Manila’s poor

The empty plastic bottle, earlier thrown away as ‘waste,’ is now pouring light onto the bottled-up lives of the Manila’s poor. Their slums are often packed so tightly that they have no windows, forcing them to live in near darkness day and night. Now the ‘Solar Bottle Bulb’, a recycled plastic bottle containing bleached water that is fixed into holes in corrugated iron roofs, is illuminating their lives. Sold and installed for around $1, it provides 55-watts worth of light. It is cheaper, safer and more sustainable. The bottle bulb, inspired by engineer Amy Smith from the D-Lab in MIT, was introduced to the Philippines by Illac Diaz of My Shelter Foundation through the project ‘A Liter of Light.’ According to its website, the bulb has so far shed light to 28,000 homes and 70,000 lives in Metro Manila alone.

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Original story: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/08/30/eco.philippines.bottle/index.html?_s=PM:WORLD
‘A Liter of Light’ on My Shelter Foundation website http://aliteroflight.org/

 

HEC Global Learning London Web suite
Central platform | http://www.globallearninglondon.org.uk/
Teachers’ and Global Citizens’ website | Global Footprints http://www.globalfootprints.org/
Young people’s website | East End Talking http://www.eastendtalking.org.uk/
Organisational/training website | HEC Global Learning website http://hecgloballearning.org.uk/