"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.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
BBC News - East Africa seeks more Nile water from Egypt
Everybody wants to think that "water wars" will be the flashpoint of the future. Before we get to that dire place, could we first implement simple water conservation measures like greywater systems, waterless toilets and urinals and heat and water recycling shower designs (we have several of these at home that we buil...t) and replacement of leaky metal and pvc pipe systems with polypropylene, and drip irrigation solutions that decrease consumption without impacting lifestyle. Please? Then we can let East Africa have their fair share of the Nile...