Great stuff Jaime! 👍
For folks, wishing to know more about the plastic eco bricks, here is a short video: https://youtu.be/-Zo5yWS1DDc
I was so inspired by my stay at Tieedi this holiday season! It was the perfect way to bring in the New Year with a strong commitment to live as a warrior protector of our Earth & to start inspiring others to do the same. I’ve always been an environmentalist at heart, and this connection ignited it all over again. 💚🌲
One thing I learned at Tieedi was to put small plastic in a big plastic bottle. As soon as I returned to Japan...I introduced this to my class. We filled up two bottles in less than 2 weeks. Shameful! It’s inspiring that Tieedi is going to make use by building with filled plastic bottles. ... See more
Here is an update of Waste Walk that we conducted yesterday where we visited the infamous dumping chute of Darjeeling.
So the first pic as you might have guessed is a click bait to lure you to swipe to the next set of pictures. This picture of our glorious Kanchenjunga was clicked in the morning before we started the walk down to the chute.
As you see from the pictures the situation down there is much worse than what we had expected.
You will see smoke coming up on one of the pictures and when checked with the workers, they claimed and that quite often they hear explosions and see fire and smoke that emanates from this chute. *Landfills emit methane which highly combustible and is also 20 times more toxic than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.*
Our heart goes out to the people living around that area and workers there as we couldn't stay for more than 15 mins there before we started feeling nauseous and sick in the stomach.
Our objective of the walk was to drive home the awareness about how toxic the landfill is becoming to everyone in Darjeeling but also to see a working model of a solution that can be easily implemented to overcome the problem i.e. decentralization and community ownership of waste and its management.
All the Walk participants stayed back to observe OKC Monastery harvest their first batch of their black gold aka compost. They got this by transforming over 1000 kgs of their bio-degradeable waste into more than 250 kgs of black gold in just three months time.
And thank god that the day ended up for us in the monastery. Our souls needed the healing after seeing what the citizens and the administration of Darjeeling are doing to the land that hosts the glorious Kanchenjunga up above.
A big shout out to @Darjeeling Arts and Culture Society, Scavengers, OKC Monastery and all the participants who joined us for this first 'Waste Walk' in Darjeeling.
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Here's an account by @Scavengers of the 'Waste Walk' tour that we conducted yesterday in Darjeeling.
Today, On 22nd January 2020
We went to the Landfill Of Darjeeling and saw the sad situation.
1. All waste was heaped and the sewage water (Running water) was flowing into the heap. Which was more dangerous as it would lift the Soil and Water Pollution + Landslide
2. The Organic Waste trying to be soil -> Generating Heat + Plastic being easily combustible caught up the fire/Smoke.
Creating very harmful gas like Methane, Dioxins (carcinogenic) etc
As the nature of waste is shifting the responsibility from one to the other, we as Public do shift the responsibility to the Administration obviously, we think that the Department will have to throw it away as its their duty,
But there is nothing such as away.
Wherever is thrown will be inside our own planet and if the waste not managed properly, in the long run our future generations will be victimized.
So we every House & individual should wake up and take the responsibility to manage our own waste.
We went to the Bio-Gas Plant. (Just below the landfill). After 3yrs of construction in progress it was not completed.
We went to the OKC Monastery to see the face of Solution (Composting Unit). Where in our country around 70% of the waste are biodegradable.
We discussed the problems we saw today and proceeded towards the Composting Unit.
Mr. Utsow Pradhan explained many detailed things regarding the Compost.
Harvested the Compost of OKC Monastery for the first time.
We could smell the original smell of the soil which was AMAZING..!
Thanks to Tieedi for bringing many good people together.
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We delivered a baby yesterday at the OKC Monastery. ;)
Ah! the joy of giving back to Mother Nature what is rightfully hers!
We harvested over 250 kgs of BlackGold that is made from over 1000 kgs of biodegradable waste that would have otherwise polluted our water, air or soil. And all of this in 3 months!
Thank you for the opportunity OKC Monastery Darjeeling! It was wonderful co-creating with you guys.
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Today, We harvested our First Compost.
Thanks to Tieedi for guiding us.
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