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June-July 2004

36 years environmental
research on film

- by Carel

About 8 months ago, Auroville's Centre for Scientific Research received a grant from the Indian Space and Research Organisation for documenting in video format 36 years of environmental research in Auroville and its surroundings.


sustainable future filmOn Tuesday, May 12 the 52 minutes long film, made by professional French cineastes who are also Aurovilians, Basile and Claudine, had its premiere at the Centre for Scientific Research. Entitled ‘Towards a Sustainable Future', it shows Auroville's work on water harvesting and afforestation, with emphasis on the aim to replant the indigenous tropical dry evergreen forest. It also shows the systems of alternative energy promoted by Auroville: the windmills for water pumping, ferro-cement technology and biogas generation; adobe construction and the earth-brick machines developed in Auroville; and Auroville's work in promoting solar energy technology in India . The video has made good use of photo and video material from the early days of Auroville, showing the development through a series of compelling images and talks. Central to the theme is the ‘voice' of the Banyan, the tree at the centre of Auroville, which saw it all: the goodwill, the failures and the successes.


The video is highly recommended. Contact csr@auroville.org.in for more information.

 

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