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Gauranga Das: "Greed to Green: The Art of Sustainable Living"

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What do the following have in common: Global warming, energy crisis, urbanization, global water shortage, nuclear proliferation, loss of biodiversity, high unemployment rates, unstable economy, war and terrorism ?

Answer: Our attitude - the greed with which we deal with nature and one another in an exploitative manner instead of in a mood of sharing and serving. As a Native American proverb goes, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but we borrow it from our children"!

Inspired by that vision, the Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) project began near Mumbai as a humble but bold attempt to solve these tough global problems by highlighting the importance of living a life in harmony with nature and to create a model of a community based on the principles of sustainable living.
Integrating traditional Vedic wisdom with modern approaches, GEV has made tremendous innovations in multiple areas such as alternate energy, water conservation, green sewage management, soil biotechnology, green building technologies, organic farming and animal care. GEV has won many accolades, most recently: the five-star rating from GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), the best paper award at the 2014 International Conference on Agricultural, Ecological and Medical Sciences, and the prestigious SKOCH award - India's highest independent civilian honor.

In this talk, Gauranga Das, an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) graduate and Director of Govardhan Eco Village, will present a deep-dive on some of the indigenous technologies used in this project and the art of sustainable living based on their decade-long experience.
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