Turning Garbage Into Trees
How will 30 scavenger families & 1 dumpsite create 15,000 jobs, a livelihood to 150 schools & 105 million pesos potential income to farmers.
A projection impact assessment for urban slums composting concept plans to improve income to other rural farming communities. 525 million pesos projected yearly income to coconut and abaca farmers. Copra and abaca are the main industry of our country. What if we could encourage implementation nationwide? Aside from the economic prosperity it will bring, it would also make our school children getting involved in developmental progress while learning the basics in environmental education.
Lack of skills, assets and education trap scavenger communities in extreme poverty. They are among the poorest of the poorest sectors in urban societies. 3rd generation scavengers exist and will continue to exist if we do nothing. But, there are many ways to make a difference to improve their lives as well as of those in other rural communities through their resources.
More value proposition in composting alone for our urban slum communities: Improve soil fertility, Increase food production, promote organic health food, business opportunities, rural livelihood creation. And, more ecosystem services and green jobs. More importantly, it could help accelerate environmental institutionalism into the school system.
Just like snow in mountain peaks that brings life to our rivers and in tropical forest mountains that attract rainclouds that feeds water to the low lands, stresses brought by super storm Haiyan (Yolanda) brought 'mountains' of debris beneficial for the ecosystem and for the people. Today, almost 2 years had past, those debris are now rich organic mineral resource sitting in dump sites and landfill we can turn into livelihood.
Extreme weather as the "new normal" predicted by the scientific world. Total devastation after typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), a destructive force that will continue to threaten life, property and economy. A present challenge for mitigation while creating opportunities for resilience and adaptation.
Composting through sorting of daily garbage collection and harvesting compost by manual digging and sifting. Some practical actions for urban slum communities turning challenges into opportunities. Already we have tried some experimentation in our city landfill in 2006 together with the scavenger communities. Both showed positive results to augment income and with great potential to answer long term sustainable livelihood.
Human centered inspired value proposition flow to accelerate environmental education linking communities advancing ecosystem services utilizing the less privileged, an abundant human resource in my country and most of the developing world.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
The Philippine Government already has so many laws, executive orders, policies, memoranda, and many typologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, attached are some. "Turning Garbage Into Trees" aims to apply these methodologies into actions. Raising 3 million coffee & cacao quality seedlings in 3 months is achievable and producing the same volume for the next 5 years is doable. For the meantime, will focus these fast growing cash crop to help support and fast track agricultural rehabilitation in typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas. We intend to include later biodiversity and landscape restoration when school communities environmental learning centers are well established. This has to work and work hard to make this happen. What is badly needed today are highly skilled 'integrators' to convene multi-sector partnership and identify personalities with sincere dedication and relentless commitment. We already have gathered some representations from the academe, the local government, the private sector, peoples' organization and pastoral partnerships. Pledges of commitment attached. Today, we are working in defining clear roles and governance structure, and to formulate a sustainable business model for stakeholders to become entrepreneurs and future shareholders. We have to advocate our little experimentation in the city dump into provincial wide application and make it successful for the national government to adopt for a country wide implementation.
Beneficiaries includes scavenger communities through composting livelihood. Communities along riverbanks for river sand a component material in seedling soil mix. Bamboo producing communities to supply bamboo materials in nursery establishments. Nipa producing communities as roofing materials. And school community nurseries seedling production livelihood and environmental education. Beneficiaries for final seedling product (focus meantime on coffee & cacao) are Farmers, GO's, NGO's, others.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
Poverty is the absence of opportunities. Urban slums in dumpsites and landfill has the resources to improve soil fertility, increase farmers income, support organic gardens, promote community collaborations and many more potentials to accelerate social, economic and environmental based development services governments and other organizations desires to improve.
Yes, for two or more years
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I wanted to become an effective 'integrator', someone that could steer collaboration among local leaders and heads of offices and agencies. Even though this requires a highly skilled individual of which I lack the capacity and experience, but I should and must try to become one.