Ecobricks is an effective solution for Urban Floods

Today team Rise Foundation conducted a session with JJ Colony children. While doing the conversation and asking simple questions the following picture cam forward to us:

Rise Question 1: What happen when excessive rain happens in the city ,like happened in recently in Delhi

Children Answers : Flooding, Gutter Over flow

Rise Question 2: What is the main reason for Guttor over flow

Children Answer : Gutter filled with waste, Timely cleaning does not happen !!

Rise Question 3: How can we stop sending waste to gutter

Answer : Throw the garbage in dustbin, do not throw garbage in Open

Above are some of the conversation happened with children. Which clearly indicate the reason and solution for Urban Flood.

Urban floods are entirely manmade with poorly maintained drains, plastic bags, shrinking open spaces and climate change contributing to accumulation of water on roads after a heavy downpour, experts say. They said that steps such as rainwater harvesting, ban on use of plastic bags and better use of weather forecasts will go a long way in helping tackle flooding in cities after rains.

Some of the pics of Urban Flood below from Delhi, Gurugram and Mumbai.

One of the Example from Phillipines:

PLASTIC wastes have been the hardest to manage in terms of its disposal after use. But residents of Barangay Zone 10 in Talisay City in collaboration with punong barangay and City Councilor Resty Tuvilla found means on how to make those plastic wastes useful again.

Just a simple motivation to the residents, the said officials enjoined them to gather plastic wastes from their homes and immediate vicinity in exchange of staple rice.

They named the initiative as “BARTER BUGAS SA BASURA,” that spurred the residents to collect, dry, cut-up in small pieces and tightly-packed into 1.5 liter bottles ready to be used as building block for ecobricks.

“For every kilo of bottle bricks, our barangay barters two kilos of rice,” Tuvilla said. Together with his village council members and local residents, they cleared waterways in the area since July 2019 as un-clogging measure against urban floods, as well as an educative way of promoting segregation and getting underway the discipline among households on how to keep track of their plastic consumption.

Tuvilla added that the “bottle bricks” shall be used as building block to mold eco-bricks. The bottle bricks are used around the world to build benches, houses, school buildings and other multi-functional structures. Tuvilla revealed that the bottle bricks will be used to construct the first playhouse for the children of Barangay 10.

Reference : https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1819877/Bacolod/Lifestyle/Plastic-wastes-made-into-eco-bricks

So, by enabling community , we can have win-win situation for city. Ecobricks can be one of the tool to fight with Plastic waste and Urban flood.

Approx 40+ children attended the workshop and agreed to start making Ecobricks at home. Rise Foundation team will collect the ecobricks from them for making some structure.

Published by RISE Foundation

NGO Working in Waste Managament, Environmrnt Protection and Women Empowerment

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