Nashira, named after an indigenous goddess of abundance, uses solar energy for many of its power needs, including all the cooking. All of the buildings have been constructed using recycled materials to create the "cement" and composting sheds have been set up throughout the commun for equal access for all the individual gardens set up in each family plot. Each family is assigned and responsible for the opperation of one aspect that the entire community benfits from, for example the raising and collecting of hen and chicken eggs, the maintainence of the compost sheds, organizing the recycled and waste materials in the materials building, to name a few.
My students had a great day and seemed to be really inspired by human ingenuity. After taking a guided tour of the community, doing two different workshops on waste disposal and making new paper out of recycled paper, and having a delicious sancocho lunch cooked by solar power, we were all justifiably exhausted but also ready to bring some of these ideas back to school and to Cali. All in all, it was successful trip!
|My Pre AP Biology class.|
|Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!|
|Waste management workshop|
|Recycled paper-making workshop|