A video was recently circulating amongst some Green Muslims on Facebook – Project ME and A World of Green Muslims – of how the ingenuity of one slum dweller in the Philippines literally brought light to the lives of his neighbours. With the lack of electricity available to slum dwellers living dangerously close to railroad tracks, “Solar Demi” made solar-powered light bulbs out of plastic bottles.
In this modern age of Kindles and Smartphones, it seems so easy for many of us living in developed or industrialising countries to overlook the simplest things in life, which often should be the most treasured. I must say, it freaks me out to see mothers simply putting an iPad in front of toddlers to watch/listen to nursery rhymes rather than actually reading it to them from a REAL book.
It would be a very sad world if children grew up not knowing what lego was or what playing masak-masak meant. Hell, when was the last time you saw a kid playing hop-scotch?
In this blog post, I’ve gathered a few videos that have some nifty plastic bottle ideas. Not totally for child’s play since the use of scissors is vital… but would nevertheless be great activities in being crafty (and sane) with real objects, rather than the virtual world. And the best part… doesn’t cost your wallet and the Earth much! Enjoy! 🙂