Recently, I have developed a new professional website that explores our changing environment through blogging, environmental consulting services and photography.
AtSpinning the Green WheelI weave together stories about exploring and living green in India, and share my personal insights into the innovative work of NGOs and businesses – on topics ranging from waste management to renewable energy; conservation to sustainable transport; education to urban development; social enterprises to climate change.
NOTE: Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to this blog over the last 6 months. Unfortunately, when I move to the new site your subscription will no longer be valid, and you will need to subscribe to the Spinning the Green Wheel blog again. This existing wordpress site will automatically be forwarded to the new website.
After seeing local garbage collection in action, and visiting kabbadiwallas sorting their products, we visited the Jolly Mohalla Wholesale Market – the scale of which has to be seen to be believed. Families have been in business here for 50 years and competition is fierce.
Connections over Chai is an interview series that I am starting soon at Spinning the Green Wheel. I will delve into the passions and careers of professionals working to solve the world’s environmental and social issues – be they environmental scientists, policy practitioners, NGO specialists or sustainability consultants.
The environmental sector is not without its stereotypes, and I hope to shatter some of those by featuring inspiring people from all over the world who have diverse backgrounds and experience. From teachers, architects and investment bankers; to community development workers, lawyers and professors.
We will find out all about…
How they got into the environmental or social sector
What is most fulfilling about their current role
Which experiences have shaped their worldview today
How living and working overseas has changed their approach to work
Where they see themselves in the next 5 years
What advice they would give to people wanting to work in the sector
How they “do their bit” environmentally
Are you passionate about the environment or curious about working in the environmental sector? Or just interested to read some fascinating stories from people living boldly? Then look out for the first Connections over Chaiinterview in coming weeks!
Also, please get in touch with me at jenny (at) spinningthegreenwheel.com if you know someone with unique experiences they would be willing to share. Thanks!
Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste once you throw it out?
Waste is an issue that has fascinated me since I arrived in India about 6 months ago. Although waste is often very visible on the streets here, I had a very limited understanding of how the waste management process worked. Although it may sound a bit odd, I was really curious to find out where my garbage was going. I guess I felt like I couldn’t take any effective action until I had seen it for myself and understood the complexities of the situation.
Waste provides a good hiding spot for local street dog
I started doing some of my own research into the issue and a friend introduced me to a business called Daily Dump, based in Bangalore. Daily Dump sells composting equipment, and also runs a “Trash Trail” tour across the city. So I signed up and arrived at the Daily Dump office early one Saturday morning with 7 other interested citizens. The staff gave us a quickpowerpoint presentation to set the scene:
I was amazed to find out that only 10% of what we currently throw out should be heading to landfill!
It is not uncommon to hear Bangalore residents (often from the wealthier parts of the city) bemoaning the loss of trees and green space that has occurred as Bangalore rose to be the Silicon Valley of India.
But what about the people who live in the 640 recorded slums¹ across the city? What access to nature and greenery do they have and how do they use it?