"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Thomas Henry CulhaneAlvaro Silva, Mike Rimoin and I (with help yesterday from Mike Bonifer and Danny Barth) finished the Solar CITIES/Solar South Central biodigestor in L.A.'s famous 'hood; another point of light in our growing map of community empowerment solutions around the world. Now getting ready to meet at UCLA and discuss deployment in the Congo with Dr. Annie Rimoin's fascinating "Rumble for the Jungle" public health initiative.