Darjeeling is Burning!
A lot of folks who look into this iconic scenery might be in awe of the sight. Some even mistake this to be a natural phenomenon and get dreamy eyed, staring into the horizon and murmuring "Wow! Only in Darjeeling....clouds come down to kiss the earth this way."
But No! This is an unfortunate sight of Darjeeling burning it's waste in the infamous dumping chute and the toxic and carcinogenic fumes going up and engulfing the hills.
With no holistic waste management in place, all of Darjeeling's waste is collected (now pretty efficiently), dumped together and set to fire during the dry winter season to reduce the volume.
This makes the air quality of Darjeeling sometimes even more worse than Kolkata.
To know more about the issue, pls click the link below. It is an informative article on this burning issue by Roshan Da from Darjeeling Prerna and Zero Waste Himalayas.
In association with the wonderful folks from @darj_arts_culture We will be organizing an awareness walk to this chute tomorrow, 22nd Jan 2020.
Post the walk, we will meet again at the OKC Monastery where we will showcase a functional model of a community composting unit. We will also talk of how at an individual level we can start making a difference.
We are meeting at the Darjeeling Railway station at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Come join us and Be The Change You Wish to see in Darjeeling!
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This is a message for all the folks in India and around the world who are fighting against fascism and state oppression of freedom.
This is also for folks who are fighting for social justice interwoven with climate justice.
We understand. Most of the time it's been a bitter, thankless battle.
But pls...Stand your ground! And keep the faith!
Zoom in to see the message.
This powerful piece of art is by @comics_by_super_womaniiya
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We have been composting our village waste or over two years now. As part of our #Save8MileKhola project we have managed to stop over 100000 kgs of bio-degradeable waste from polluting our water, air or soil. It has all been upcycled into a nutrient rich compost that has helped us grow our forest.
Now, in partnership with DailyDump we intend to share the joy of composting to every household in Darjeeling!
Darjeeling, Come! let's clear up our landfills, one household at a time!
Stay tuned for more updates! :)
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Reposted from @dailydumpcompost - It's the New Year and the Daily Dump family is growing too.
We are thrilled to have a new partner in Darjeeling. Welcome ... @tieedi_forest_garden
Some of our terracotta #composters will be available in #Darjeeling in the next few weeks. More details coming up soon! so stay tuned.
#compostwali #greenbusiness #hills #circulardesign #forests #solvedifferent #swachhbharat #zerowasteindia #nolandfill #organicwaste #regenerativeagriculture #permaculture #everydayenvironmentalism #planethealth ... See more
Climate Crisis, Depression & Hope.
It's terribly painful.
What's happening in Australia right now. What's happened in Amazon and what we see happening around us every single day.
Anxiety related to awareness about environmental crisis is real. A lot of us, specially folks who are part of the forest tribe, have gone through depression without being able to correctly diagnose what is it that gnaws our insides so strongly.
One way to comfort ourselves is to make our conscious selves understand that we are but mere insignificant dots in the larger cosmic scheme of things. To comfort our anxious selves we grapple with the thought that the sixth mass extinction is a foregone reality and we can at best only delay the apocalypse and not stop it.
This train of thought and logic helps for a bit.
It's philosophical but that deep gnawing feeling did not go away for us.
The feeling of resignation started to give way to an unsettling feeling of helplessness.
That's when we understood that resignation cannot ever be a lasting solution.
The growth and evolution of our species has been defined by our ingenuity. Our ability to overcome unbelievable odds and 'create'. Yes, amongst all the species currently on Planet Earth we are probably the only ones blessed to have this ability to collaborate and create. And right now, more than ever before, we must come together to fight for our survival and hold to the best of what we have left in our home - our beautiful, pale blue dot. We must learn and succeed in collaborating not just amongst ourselves but also with Mother Nature.
Planet Earth or Nature doesn't need our help to survive. It will just change its form but it will continue to exist. The question is the existence of our species and along with us a host of other gorgeous and beautiful beings that share this home with us.
Let us shake ourselves out from this feeling of resignation and do what we can do. Let us reach out and collaborate.
Let us compost, go zero waste, shun plastic, organize forest healing experiential workshops, volunteer/support/start an ecopreneurship venture no matter how small it is. Let us keep creating...innovating.
Let us also elect better political leaders who understand our existential need right now. Leaders who can think beyond caste, creed, religion and even beyond narrow domestic walls of nationalism. Leaders who understand the values of inclusiveness, collaboration and creation.
Tomorrow, when the day of reckoning comes, let us have the courage to look ourselves in the mirror and say, Yes! We did fight!
Over the course of our short history on this planet we have dabbled with various 'isms' - feudalism, fascism, communism, colonialism, capitalism et al. This year, 2020, let's take the leap towards environmentalism!
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