Self-Sustaining Pride: from energy cards to clean flushing

Eighty-two residents of the Scottish Island of Eigg demonstrate how energy self-sufficiency works. “What we’re doing all the time is balancing [the energy] the island is using,” one resident explains.

This is episode five of AlJezeera’s Earthrise, a new, optimistic series exploring environmental projects and initiatives around the world. Other features include “Gardens in the Sky,” as on the roofs and “highline” of New York City; and “Flush With Pride“–the kind of pride a pioneering waste-water purification system can afford the residents of California’s City of Arcata. Envisioned by local officials, professors and activists, this low-cost sustainable sewage system uses ponds and marshes for oxidation and filtration, and has restored abundant wildlife and clean water to Humboldt Bay.

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