"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.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
begun testing a home-scale water-borne disease prevention system
Just interviewed on the BBC World Service "The World Today" about Solar CITIES approach to the Millenium Development Goals ( "Parts and Patterns" rather than "Projects and Services", asking donors to use volume purchasing power to lower costs of materials so enterprising people can bricolage their own solutions; agr...eeing with Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai "MDG 7 (Sustainability) is the 'mother of all MDGs').
Thomas Henry Culhanehas begun testing a home-scale water-borne disease prevention system", a.k.a. a small bathroom biodigestion unit, to help fight future cholera outbreaks like the one this week that has already claimed 900 Nigerian lives. Lots of things to be figured out; calling on all friends to help come up with a small scale market based solution using off the shelf products.