"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.
Friday, April 16, 2010
First biogas system in Kalinzi, Tanzania
After 4 days without electricity in the mountain village of Kalinzi, Tanzania, disturbed that we, like the villagers, were forced by circumstances to use kerosene to heat our bathing water and firewood to cook our meals, Grace Gobbo (Tanzania), Hanna Fathy (Egypt) and I (Germany) have finally finished two in-ground biogas digestors and were able to demonstrate the clean, perpetual blue flames that will help halt deforestation and the importation of filthy fossil fuels.