"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
EWB digestor, Palestine
Just returned from Bethlehem, building
Palestine's first kitchen-garbage-to-cooking-gas biogas digestor,
training the West Bank's "Engineer's without Borders" in home-scale
biogas (how sadly ironic many of them aren't allowed to cross the
border!), to be used at Beit Sahour Palestinian Wildlife Society.