Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Garbage Problem

In this speech Narendra Modi addresses the garbage problem of cities. Why is this so pertinent? For those of us blessed with a memory a little better than goldfish, Bangalore in particular had a great problem recently of dumping the waste of the city.

Frankly, the garbage problem is our problem. The people like us, who live in apartments and houses and expect someone to collect the garbage and clear it each day. We have been composting for about 3 years now and I can say with first hand experience that if we compost all the kitchen waste and segregate the dry waste - what is left is miniscule.

And this is exactly what Narendra Modi talks about - if cities did their composting, we can get farmers in the radius around the city off fertilizer and start organic farming. Here is another earlier post from 2010. And 2009.

Why is this so difficult for people for understand? Firstly, we need to realize that garbage is our problem - those who create it. But this problem is an opportunity - and someone with vision needs to be able to tap into this at a city/community level.

And then there is the bigger problem of sewage...but thats for later. But seriously, we need to reimagine our present concept of urban living...

1 comment:

Rangachari Anand said...

There is a group called the Ugly Indian that has been trying to clean up Bangalore. have you seen their work?