Women are one of the important drivers of society. They come in the form of mothers, daughters, sisters, teachers, nurses and many others who nurture, take care and ensure the sustainability of generations to come. Women are also protectors in their own realm. They protect what is theirs and ensure that no harm comes to them despite different circumstances.
Similarly, women feel strongly about the environment as well. For a woman an environment is a breeding ground. A place to nurture and an element that needs to be taken care. Women are one of the key drivers in ensuring that we work towards climate change mitigation and adaptation in the years to come.
A source of renewable energy, biogas is an ideal solution for an environmentally conscious woman. It is a “woman” friendly technology given its nature of production. Applicable in both rural and urban households, biogas converts food, human and animal waste into a source of energy that in turn can be converted to either gas (as an alternative to LPG) or electricity. With the predicted increase in population, there will be a limited number of fossil fuels available for all to consume. Biogas and other renewable sources of energy changes this for everyone and provides that sustainable solution to consume efficiently and consciously as well as for a longer period of time.
One of our favourite stories from the EU funded initiative on “Up-scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka” is that of Sathyanandam Rajeshwari (31) from Batticaloa in the Eastern Province. She is a cattle farmer and labourer with three children. Her little farm comprises four cows, thirteen goats and nine chickens. The biogas plant was installed in primarily to manage cattle waste. However, once the plant was in place she not only found a solution to waste management but also a new source of clean cooking energy to replace firewood for both her and her sister’s family who lives just next door. Prior to the plant she and the members of her family would make their way to a jungle almost 10 km from home to gather firewood required for a week on a Saturday morning. Now she spends that extra time every weekend with her three children and also by making palmyra-based handicrafts that she sells to gather an additional income for the family.
While the locality in which a woman lives would provide her with a varied role in the household, be it that of the primary decision maker or a mere member of the decision making process, women will always be the end consumer who would ensure the sustainability and longevity of resources such as energy.
Read this in Tamil over here.