Paraguay’s recycling-driven orchestra | Playing the way for a no-poverty world

Around 500 recyclers work in Catura landfill in Paraguay – the fastest growing country in the Americas but with a third of the population below the poverty line. Catura is the home to the world-renowned Catura Orchestra of Recycled Instruments. It is a community of 30 children of recyclers and the instruments they play have been made from recycled materials. Former recycler Nicholas Gomez now works for Favio Chavez, this band’s conductor. In the waste dump, Gomez looks for pans, pots and the like – the stuff he needs to make guitars, violins and cellos. Meanwhile Chavez conducts music classes for over 70 children while directing weekly orchestra practice. His goal extends beyond music. He strives to use a child’s endeavour to learn to play a musical instrument as a lever to lift them out of poverty. Can recycled music do it? Yes, it can…

More…
Original story | Paraguayan landfill orchestra makes sweet music from rubbish http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/apr/26/paraguayan-landfill-orchestra-music
Video | Paraguay’s landfill orchestra plays instruments made from recycled rubbish http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/apr/26/paraguay-landfill-orchestra-video

 
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/

Advertisements

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.

More…
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/

 

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/

‘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.

More….
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/