- It takes a village to raise a child - African saying
- Nature is our best teacher
- we are the world, we are the ones to make a brighter day!..

- Natural farming, food forest

- We dig our grave with our teeth

- Freedom of expression is my birth right

- Freedom of speech comes with great responsibility

- I become what I see in myself. All that thought suggests to me, I can do; All that thought reveals to me, I can become. This should be man’s unshakeable faith in himself, because God dwells in him.

- The Mother said - it is not this OR that, it is this AND that
- Life is for living not to understand
‎"Sometimes you can't see the forest through the trees."

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why Greenbelt?

I re-discovered this document, given to me by a dear friend months ago, and thought it a perfect introduction to the “Greenbelt.” A little out-dated (10 years), it shares the history, mission, vision, and importance of the forest surrounding Auroville. In short, “The Green Belt will be an extensively planted zone surrounding the City area, sustaining healthy growth of natural life for the entire area.”

It’s “functions” are to:
  • Be the `lungs’ of Auroville by creating oxygen and filtering airborne pollution.

  • Attract wildlife back by providing habitats and ecosystems for natural life cycles, combining all kinds of birds, animals, insects and trees; and by creating genetic “corridors”/uninterrupted areas for passage of pollen, seeds and wildlife.

  • Teach and learn by offering environmental education and creating sites for research and training on wasteland reclamation, medicinal plants, watershed management, groundwater recharge, soil conservation, organic agriculture, integrated pest management, biodiversity, and various reforestation techniques.

  • Produce food by emerging as the basis for food production, housing farms, dairies, orchards, and agroforestry by-products.

  • Leverage scarce rainfall by reducing water run-off, enhancing soil moisture, increasing
    rain percolation, and exploring watershed management and groundwater recharge.

  • Improve the climate by providing shade, influencing the temperature, and reducing reflective heat and light radiation.

  • Provide timber, fuel and fodder, as it is a forest after all.

  • Offer tranquillity to the city-dwellers of Auroville, as the forest is naturally of scenic beauty and quiet, and the Green Belt should have promenade opportunities and natural vistas, which are of essential value to an urban population.
For us at Lumière, we resonate with many of the above-listed goals…but in the document, we find another piece that almost captures our inspiration:
The true value of the Green Belt is in re-establishing the relationship between man and nature, one that is in balance.
You can read the whole document here.

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