Environmental Sustainability: Think big, act small!


Environmental sustainability in WASH starts with simply looking around. Where am I living? What is available in my area or environment? How are people organised? On the 12th of December RAIN and Pakhuis De Zwijger bring to you the program Circular City #6: Think Big, Start Small focusing on just that: make more effective use of resources in your environment. Inspiring initiatives, undertaken by people with vision and eye for the future, will be presented by the pioneers that pave the way for a structural change. Indira Shakya and Zen the Rainman tell us about ‘smart roofs’ in Nepal and India that provide water, food and energy. Teddy Twine shows us that a wide palette of small actions can lead to an almost self-sufficient system in Uganda. This progamme is about learning how to make better use of our natural resources and about the possibilities that are given in our direct environment. Mark Hillen (Social Enterprise) and Eva Gladek (founder of Metabolic) will reflect upon these cases. But we are not there yet? What is needed to implement these initiatives at a larger scale? Is that actually the objective? People in developing countries have to deal with lack of resources on a daily basis and show high flexibility and innovativeness to overcome shortages. What can we learn from this here in The Netherlands?

Check out the website, and sign up by pressing the red button ‘reserveer’ on top of this page. Admission is free. If you don’t have an account yet, it just takes a minute to create an account. Share this with your colleagues and friends and come to De Zwijger on the 12th of December from 20:00 – 22:00.

This program is a co-production by Pakhuis de Zwijger and RAIN Foundation and supported by Borrel of the Pyramid, ISDuurzaam, IMI, Waternet, Circle Economy, Wetlands International, de Gemeente Amsterdam and Dutch WASH Alliance.