Tatik, Letters do Prof. Loitik - Part 3: Seduction at Dyssekilde
Published 15th October 2009 - 7 comments - 1510 views -
Copenhaguen, October 2009
Oh, Professor, yesterday I was finally able to feel the eco dream in all of its organic woolen colors and seven grain bread crispiness. You should have seen our harmonious arrival at Dyssekilde eco village! As we descended from the bus, we were surrounded by blond haired sustainable children who’d come running from their waste water willow forest – totally carbon free! They were as happy and free-spirited as anyone who is able to live a life free from guilt, knowing that they are doing their part to avoid climate change and ecological disaster on earth. Oh, it was beautiful…
We were welcomed by a solar cooked egg & sausages breakfast, made from free range chickens which fed on organic corn and chubby pink piglets brought up just like we do our dogs in Montik. I wondered if they don’t feel sad when they have slaughter them…it must feel like killing a member of their families! The ripe red organic apples had just been collected from the trees by the members of the Village Unemployed Workers Group and served in wicker baskets sewn by the elderly women of the Women’s Arts and Crafts Income Generation Group. The fair trade coffee beans had come from guerrilla-torn Colombian villages, so whilst we drunk it hot we could feel the steam of a special worldy connection forming around us! You know, just being aware of the full implications of our food chain and the contribution we were making towards peace and global sustainable development just by having that beautiful breakfast – it was magical!
Very soon, a nice lady called Ox2 (they all adopt ecological nicknames here at Dyssekilde), a pioneer of the eco village, started to tell us about their rollercoaster 20 years journey towards becoming eco finding ways of minimizing their energy consumption, of recycling their garbage (which they call here “solid residues” or “potential resources”) as much as possible, of cleaning their wastewater before disposing of it in nature and creating local jobs. Can you imagine that when they first arrived here they encountered resistance? Non ecological people thought they were weird and a local mayor even rejected them from his municipality!
I was particularly impressed by another presentation, made by a very cool young lady called Recy (her eco nickname) who explained how they now divide up their garbage in 19 sections of “potential resources”. Have you heard of those colorful recycling bins for organics, paper and metals that they use in the West? Well, they are now a thing of the past. Here at the eco village they divide them up in: 1) reusable goods (intact or repairable home appliances, which are then sold at a second hand shop), 2) non reusable textiles, 3) non reusable electronic devices, 4) batteries, 5) glass, 6) medicines, 7) chemicals (like acetone, lubricating oils, etc) , 8) soft PVC (like condoms), 9) hard PVC (like the plastic bottles), 10) ceramics, 11) ashes, 12) lamp bulbs, 13) plastic bags, 14) kitchen oil (which goes straight to the Women’s Artisanal Soap Income Generation Group), then 15) paper, 16) metals and, finally, the organics which are divided up in 17) plant derbis (including soil, trimmings from trees etc), 18) woods and 19) putrescible foods. Impressive, no? Only after separating these resources and taking them by car (run on natural gas, I guess) to specific recycling units do they incinerate the leftovers. By then, most of the dangerous particles are gone, she explained.
It was at that moment, professor, that from the back of the room that journalist I’d mentioned, Nicolau, stood up and commented of Recy’s presentation. He is just so committed to eco life that he touched something in me, professor. Despite all of Recy’s efforts, he told us that there is still danger in incinerating the leftover from the 19 recyclable categories, because there are small particles smaller than cells that can cause tumors! He is so considerate! And he didn’t just mean to scare people. He told us that in Italy (I discovered he is Italian) there is a new technology that can recycle up to 98.5% of the residues. When he spoke, I noticed, some people reacted with suspicion and others just responded bluntly, “Look, we are more than complying with governmental legislation and non-governmental guidelines.” You know what he responded to them? - “We can do better than the public waste system and better than the NGO’s, because we are talking about the health of those we love. And me, myself, I love all of humanity. I love every one of you. We don’t have to care, my friends, but I want to care.” Oh, it was so beautiful the way he spoke…it was like he really cared about me, about everyone!
Later on in the morning, we all went for a walk down the waste water willow forest, which they call WWWF, in homage to the famous NGO WWF, and Nicolau walked next to me. The breeze caressed our faces with a soft odor which I associated with the success of small scale technological solutions for a sustainable world. He told me about his dreams of becoming 100% carbon neutral and energy efficient. He is so inspiring! I told him about Montik and my research project. He smiled a lot and he is so handsome…I have to confess to you, professor, that I like him a bit! Also, that he invited me on an eco date tomorrow in Copenhaguen – so exciting!
I do hope you won’t think that this may affect my impartiality as a researcher in any way, professor, but please let me know if you sense any changes in my outlook. Oh, I do hope I can make a contribution to Montik’s Academy of Scientific Knowledge on Civilized Societies, and I reiterate that is my main commitment.
Finally, professor, just a funny thing I discovered in Dyssekilde eco village – you know how adolescents in Montik smoke marijuana when they are going through those rebellious years? Here, they brush their teeth with the tap opened!!! Rsrsrsrs!!! At least it’s not just me!!!
I will write again soon!
Who is Tatik?
Tatik is a fictional character based on the idea that an indigenous anthropologist, from the imaginary village of Montik, has come to Copanhaguen to do research for her Phd on Civilized Societies without knowing much about Western culture, in the same way Western anthropologists do regularly in Developing Countries for what they call Primitive Societies. Tatik’s studies are supervised by Professor Loitik.
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