Photos from India

October 10th, 2008

Members of SVTC, Chintan, and Saahas at a meeting in India Serena, an SVTC intern, in India sipping from a coconut. Women in Bangalore, India, dismantling and processing electronic waste. A pile of electronic waste at a recycling facility in India. Binod (left) of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group and Luc (right) of GTZ. …

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Using untested materials to solve E-waste

September 9th, 2008

After experiencing the slums where Delhi’s poorest residents live and sort garbage, it felt like we had traveled 10 light years rather than the roughly 10 kilometers down the road to meet the young, fresh entrepreneurs of TIC Group. It was easy to forget about the heat and harsh conditions outside while I sipped ice …

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Giving hope, Investing in the People

September 5th, 2008

Yesterday we spent the day touring some of the locations where Chintan is doing on-the-ground work with waste pickers. The images of absolute poverty stay with me even when I close my eyes, but at least someone is really doing something about it. We first went with a man who goes to pick up waste …

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Delhi takes plastics seriously

September 4th, 2008

Delhi seems to take the issue of plastic bags seriously – so serious that even their street signs encourage people not to use plastic bags. The reason is, plastic bags are bad for the environment because plastic waste takes centuries to decompose. I would love to see the U.S. take this problem more seriously. Also, …

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Corporations need to be held responsible

September 3rd, 2008

For the past two days we have had a number of meetings with both government and NGOs (non-governmental organizations, i.e. non-profits). Some interesting and some disheartening. I will not give specifics to protect the innocent and the…not so innocent. We had a meeting with the Secretary Department of Environment National Capitol Delhi – who well, …

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This is India…

September 1st, 2008

We landed in Bangalore today – considered to be the Silicon Valley of India. There were no huge skyscrapers with names of electronics corporations like in Hong Kong – but this is India. We traveled with two members of the Chintan staff as well as a recycler they have been working with. Our first meeting …

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