Egyptian Garbage Collector Champions Alternative Energy


It’s impossible not to be impressed with the efforts to be green made by Hanna Fathy, a 28-year-old Cairo-based garbage collector.

Despite living in a city blighted with grinding poverty and surrounded by trash, he is firm on his intent to live a sustainable life. And this includes producing alternative energy to avoid pollution by fossil fuels.

He built his own biodigester, which turns food scraps to produce biogas. With the copper collected from old toy motors he has built a solar panel, which he installed on the roof of his building.

He learned his solar power skills from an American organization called Solar Cities, whose mission is to “connect community catalyst and integrate technologies for industrial ecology systems”

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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