Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

WTN ecosan featured in Nature journal

June 19, 2012  |   Environment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

WTN ecosan featured in Nature journal

This is an exciting week for us, as our work has been published in Nature - the global journal of science. The article, credited to Shunmuga Paramasivan from our Indian office, is a good introduction to our work and how we use education/schools as a method to teach good hygiene practices through our ecological sanitation systems. Read the article in full here

Urine fertilising crops and saving money in India

July 14, 2011  |   Environment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Urine fertilising crops and saving money in India

"Consider these facts about urine: Adults produce about four to eight cups (one to two liters) per day, it's a reservoir of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, the same elements that nourish crops; and it's cheap to make. That's the kind of information that Sridevi Govindaraj, an Indian agriculture expert, had in mind when she proposed that dousing fields with urine could improve sanitation and boost farmers' incomes. “Human urine ...

Gates Foundation: Innovation and the waterless toilet

July 12, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Sanitation   |

Gates Foundation: Innovation and the waterless toilet

Eco-sanitation, the main focus of our work at Wherever the Need, is being researched by the Bill Gates Foundation..... Scientists working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are researching the many different ways human waste can be put to good use — such as powering electrical current with human excrement, or purifying urine into drinking water. Read whole article Source: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

Cleaning Delhi through Facebook

April 18, 2011  |   Empowerment,Environment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Cleaning Delhi through Facebook

"When 22-year-old Piyush Goyal posted his complaint of garbage spilling over from the dump in his area, on the Facebook page of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), little had he expected the civic agency to take action within 24 hours. But it did, pleasantly surprising Goyal. MCD launched its Facebook page earlier this month to ensure effective monitoring of garbage lifting at areas under its jurisdiction. The ...

Sustainable farming can feed the world?

March 14, 2011  |   Environment,General news   |

Sustainable farming can feed the world?

"The oldest and most common dig against organic agriculture is that it cannot feed the world’s citizens; this, however, is a supposition, not a fact. And industrial agriculture isn’t working perfectly, either: the global food price index is at a record high, and our agricultural system is wreaking havoc with the health not only of humans but of the earth. There are around a billion undernourished people; ...

Flip-flotsam

February 11, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Kenya   |

Flip-flotsam

People from wealthy industrialized nations see flip-flops as cheap and disposable. But in Kenya, much-loved "pata-patas" are repaired, reused, and recycled—but never wasted. The film follows the long life cycle of this colorful footwear, a story full of resourcefulness, enterprise, and creativity. ...

Interactive data shows water security to be high risk

February 03, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Water   |

Interactive data shows water security to be high risk

Unsurprisingly, water security features highly on the 2011 Global Risks report. Their interactive graphs make it interesting and easy to look through and understand the data - it's well worth at least a brief glance at: http://riskreport.weforum.org/#/0/1 "The World Economic Forum's Global Risks reports chart a range of global risks arising from the new reality of interconnected challenges, interdependent stakeholders and an accelerating speed of change."

Hawaii bans plastic shopping bags

January 31, 2011  |   Environment,General news   |

Hawaii bans plastic shopping bags

"The US Environmental Protection Agency today applauds the Mayors, County Councils and residents of Maui and Kauai counties in Hawaii for enacting restrictions banning plastic shopping bags – reducing their waste and protecting the environment in a single action..." Read the full article on the EPA website here: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/c842aced0f07bfde8525782500657324?OpenDocument

Turning rubbish into compost in Uganda

January 12, 2011  |   Environment,General news   |

Turning rubbish into compost in Uganda

MBALE, 11 January 2011 (IRIN) - A compost-processing plant in Mbale, along the hilly slopes of the Mt. Elgon region in Uganda, is helping to boost declining crop yields through organic farming and aiding environmental conservation by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. "Here we are turning garbage into fertilizer instead of leaving it to rot, emitting methane," Rhoda Nyaribi, an officer at the project, told IRIN. Rubbish, Nyaribi ...

Human excreta may help secure future food security

January 05, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Sanitation   |

Human excreta may help secure future food security

"Human excreta could have a key role in securing future food security, helping prevent a sharp drop in yields of crops such as wheat due to a shortage of phosphorus inputs, a UK organic body said on Monday. "It is estimated that only 10 percent of the three million tonnes of phosphorus excreted by the global human population each year are returned to agricultural soils," Britain's largest organic ...

India, Bihar: ‘Dirty, horrible job’ of manual scavengers

India, Bihar: ‘Dirty, horrible job’ of manual scavengers

A manual scavenger carries a tin of human waste from a dry latrine. Photo: BBC “The worst thing is that the baskets we carry the waste in, often leak and drips down over your clothes”, manual scavenger Lakshmi Devi from rural Bihar tells BBC correspondent Mike Thomson. All her seven children are boys who clean out sewage tanks for their work. Manual removal of excreta (night soil) from ...

India: “We need a sanitation revolution”

November 28, 2010  |   Environment,General news,India,Poverty,Sanitation   |

India: “We need a sanitation revolution”

India: ‘We need a sanitation revolution here’, says adviser to Urban Affairs minister Speaking at a workshop on the ‘City Sanitation Plan’ in Bangalore, the Adviser to Karnataka state Chief Minister on Urban Affairs A. Ravindra said: “We need a sanitation revolution in the country. There is a need to create public awareness and use innovative and low-cost technologies for better sanitation”. Adding to this, at the inauguration if the ...

World Toilet Day, November 19th

World Toilet Day, November 19th

November 19th is World Toilet Day. Join the Big Squat! A day to celebrate the importance of sanitation and raise awareness for the 2.6 billion people (nearly half of the world's population) who don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation. Where there are no toilets: 2.6 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, which risks their health, strips their ...

Haiti: hygiene promotion is key

November 17, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

Haiti: hygiene promotion is key

Haiti: hygiene promotion is key to preventing nationwide cholera epidemic, says Save the Children as death toll passes 900 As the death toll from Haiti’s cholera epidemic reached 917 on 12 November 2010, Save the Children says the best way to reduce the disease’s spread is to arm people with information and supplies to improve hygienic practices. Cholera has reached the capital Port-au-Prince, where 27 deaths have been ...

Kenya project photos

October 25, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Kenya,Livelihoods,Sanitation,Water   |

Kenya project photos

The first photos for our project in Narok South, Kenya are ready for all to see. This is an exciting project 140 kilometres west of Nairobi in which we are helping the community with ecosan toilets, a large rainwater reservoir, a small livelihood opportunity and a tree nursery. These facilities will work in tandem with the pastoralist nature of the local population. See the photos and project details here: ...

Improve your compost the easy way

October 22, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Sanitation   |

Improve your compost the easy way

Human urine is great for adding essential nutirents to compost. What we call 'waste' is a valuable resource - use it!

Water map shows billions at risk

September 30, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Water   |

Water map shows billions at risk

About 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. Researchers compiled a composite index of "water threats" that includes issues such as scarcity and pollution. The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people. Writing in the journal Nature, they say that in western countries, conserving water for people through reservoirs and dams ...

The urban disaster

September 30, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

The urban disaster

For the first time in the history of mankind, more people live in an urban environment than a rural one and in just 20 years, over 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities and towns. This Red Cross World Disasters Report 2010 focuses on urban risks around the world: Chapter 5 - urban risk to health (PDF 421kb) Find the full report here: ...

‘Poo-powered’ car seen on the streets of Bristol

September 20, 2010  |   Environment,General news   |

‘Poo-powered’ car seen on the streets of Bristol

The UK's first people-powered VW beetle has taken to the streets of Bristol in what has been hailed as a breakthrough in the drive to encourage sustainable power. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-10881080

A photographer’s encounter in Kroo Bay

September 13, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Sierra Leone   |

A photographer’s encounter in Kroo Bay

Shocked by the extreme unsanitary conditions he came across, a photographer has tried to document the living conditions in a Sierra Leone slum. See more here: http://www.globalhealthmagazine.com/cover_stories/kroo_bay

Ecosan vs pit toilets & MDGs

July 18, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Livelihoods,Sanitation   |

Ecosan vs pit toilets & MDGs

I work on the premise that any individual or organisation that is involved with sanitation is ‘dedicated to the cause’, because we all know how important it is in the fight against illness, premature death and poverty.  The points I make below are not meant to be an attack on others in this sector, but simply an opinion based on whether our piecemeal approach is the most ...

Six reasons we use ecosan

Six reasons we use ecosan

There is a reason we chose to use ecosan in all our projects. In fact there are six reasons, and we would like to share these with you... A long-term sustainable ecosan system will: ensure water sources are not polluted by open defecation (even if pollution could occur through flooding); provide long-term facilities to eradicate generation-old open defecation practices; lead to ...