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20 Nov 11 Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan – Ashden Award winner

This video can be downloaded here: Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2011. To find out more visit the link above, and follow us on: Facebook Twitter Blog: In North Pakistan, winters in the mountains are harsh and natural disasters are part of life. Wide-scale forest destruction causes damage from flooding and disrupts the country’s water supply because the region acts as a watershed. Over 14 years ago, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS) began a concerted drive to make homes in North Pakistan warmer, and reduce the use of wood. Based on the Aga Khan’s belief that: “A proper home can bridge that terrible gap between poverty and a better future” the programme is doing just that for over 240000 people. Today over 100 ‘resource people’ work in their own villages promoting energy efficient products. A US package could include floor insulation, an efficient cook stove with a chimney to let smoke out, a water heater, and a roof hatch window that cuts out draughts and lets in light, also fresh air when needed. AKPBS trains local people as artisans and entrepreneurs and has created over 360 new jobs. Over 50000 products have been sold through word of mouth, tours and demonstration homes. Homes are warmer and families save money on fuel-wood and, by ridding their homes of smoke, they avoid respiratory problems too. And local trees and the
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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Come election time, and the momentary haphazard buzz in civic amenities sprout every where, a total eyewash and an utter waste and drain of resources, resorted to by every single government dying to be in power. In Bangalore, we have our town planning bodies like the CMC, BMP, BBMP, etc, and of course a host of bigwigs heading them, calling themselves commissioners, deputy commissioners, etc. etc., who neither have the education, knowledge, or the interest in the city’s development, or social welfare except to fill up their pockets before their term comes to an end. I have just returned from the US after being there for over 25 years to be united with the place I once grew up in, Whitefield. Featured in my video is a street, supposedly connecting a so called posh location bang behind the International Tech Park called Prashanth Extension. The video covers part of the road running directly behind the extension. The road, a now BBMP converted mud track, was asphalted earlier but dug up recently to lay down massive sewage pipes which start and end nowhere, with of course no sewage treatment plant anywhere in sight. Come the rains, and believe me this road is unfit for even pedestrian use. A few years back just before the elections, the BBMP laid Cauvery water pipes to quench the thirst of water starved residents here. Pipes were laid just about in any odd location with no connectivity. Now, the BBMP claims these pipes will never see water flowing in them simply because of an

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23 May 11 Planning a Bike Tour : Bike Tours: Packing a Stove

When conducting a bike tour, pack a light and efficient stove for warming up food and drinks during the trip. Learn more about stoves and bike tours from a bike tour guide in this free biking video. Expert: Aaron Phillips Bio: Aaron Phillips teaches at the University of Utah and has lead several bike tours. He’s also logged multiple wins as a cross-country racer. Filmmaker: Mike Phillips
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Tags: bike, Packing, Planning, Stove, Tour, Tours