A COLLABORATION BETWEEN TOUCHING THE EARTH LIGHTLY, ANDREW LORD, THE LITER OF LIGHT FOUNDATION AND GREENCUBE NURSERY:
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"The Liter of Light began in the Philippines with one bottle light. Eventually, the movement grew to brighten up 28,000 homes and the lives of 70,000 people in Metro Manila alone. Now Liter of Light is present in India, Indonesia, and even as far away as Switzerland." http://aliteroflight.org/about-us/
It has now moved to Cape Town, being pushed forward by a relentless group of green activists and designers.
Although, it comes with an additional concept:
"Green blocking" is a concept that Touching the Earth Lightly has developed, in partnership with Andrew Lord, the Liter of Light Foundation and the greencube nursery
It combines two design concepts - both simple, low-tech, cheap and duplicable
One - the vertical food garden wall – “green fire-walling”
The first is the concept of wrapping a lockable, low-tech vertical food garden around the shack. This provides the family with healthy, organic fresh food.
It also creates a "wall of water" around the shack, held within the soil, the plants and the geo-fabric. This wall of water thus protects the structure from shack fires. The structure can also be purpose-irrigated when at threat to fire.
The vertical food garden would also have thermal insulation properties that would regulate inside temperate of the shack.
Two - The solar bulb (in partnership with the Liter of Light Foundation):
The second design concept is to illuminate shacks that have no windows, and are dark during the day. This is achieved by placing a clear plastic bottle filled with water a small amount of bleach (to prevent the growth of algea) into the roof of the shack (with water-proofing) to act as a solar bulb by transmitting the light of the sun into the darkness under the roof. The life expectancy of the solar bulb is 2-3 years.
Many shack owners in Cape Town live without windows in the homes. The reasons for this are two-fold. They either cannot afford a window or (as is more often the case) they are concerned of crime. The window is an easy-access entrance into the shack. The result is a completely dark space day and night. The solar bulb can assist during the day. There are notable electrical cost-savings associated to this.
To join the cause, visit: http://www.touchingtheearthlightly.com/projects/default.asp?proj_ID=44