Grassroots Remediation The Right Way
Grassroots remediation doesn’t mean “DIY pollution cleanup”. On the contrary, it is a good form of environmental remediation involving and empowering communities. All is done under the proper guidance. Local governments, as well as energy companies, play an important role throughout the process.
Grassroots remediation for many environmental issues
When dealing with pollution by some among the most widespread pollutants, the so-called grassroots remediation is the right answer. In fact, natural remediation interventions often need a longer time to be really effective. Remediation processes need time for the implementation, the monitoring and the detection of desired results.
We can think about nuclear accidents. Such extreme events potentially affect many millions of people, most of which are not aware of this “phantom menace”.
When we think about the remediation after a nuclear accident, we cannot be sure about the level of success we’ll achieve. At the same time (and most importantly) we do not even know when a “satisfactory result” of environmental restoration will occur.
This is mainly due to the following three important factors:
- Radioactive pollutants are long lasting when released into the environment
- The intervention to remove radioactive contamination must be much longer than we may think
- Detrimental effects of radioactive pollutants continuously affect the people, even though located at many thousand of km away (the recent contamination revealed in tunas on Californian coast due to the Fukushima accident is just one of the very many example we can find)
The case of radioactive pollutants is just an example, although a very illustrative one. Grassroots remediation is basically the only opportunity to keep the attention high over the long time that the environmental restoration needs for being complete.
We must educated communities on what, how and when to do actions can help or speed the restoration. Depending on polluting chemicals (even radioactive, as we have seen), their role and involvement may be different. But the point is: community must have a role.
Grassroots remediation for energy supply
This is exact consequence of what we said above. While transforming pollutants into harmless compounds, we can create new natural energy. A simple but extremely important concept that guides all our projects and research here at Remedial Energy.
If well applied, this “grassroots remediation” is a strategy able to give great benefits for sustainable development. Only to make an example, people may create a new company and start working with the bigger energy facility. This may happen only if communities take part on the process.
This “new” work is totally focused on how to restore industrial emissions, industrial waste inside or contaminated sites outside the facility. This process is made by simple techniques, meaning that basically everyone, with the proper guidance and 24/7 support, can afford them.
Not only new companies. Older factories can benefit a lot from the new activity. This means, in two words, that grassroots remediation is “local development”.
To be honest, until now nobody stressed about the importance of creating such important bridges of cooperation between energy companies and communities.
However, a new relationship allows to explore new opportunities of development for the common interest of communities, governments and companies as well.
For what concerns the scientific aspect (the one that matters most to us, here at Remedial Energy), only the most feasible solutions will pass the selection thus becoming on-the-field trials. This ensures they will be understood and well applied.
Grassroots remediation: some great examples
We decided to create some special trainings, for empowering communities affected by some of the most dangerous environmental facts. Radioactive contamination is on the top of the list.
This type of remediation must not be carried out by communities (like the majority of interventions). People receive the proper training and their role part of a broader strategy.
The close cooperation of energy facilities is unavoidable. By creating the right “strategy’s structure”, with communities, energy companies and communities, all will be fine.
The first example of this “organizational chart” is explained in this training, aimed at restoring sites affected by nuclear accidents. It’s a long remediation, that just communities make possible over time.
Another very interesting and illustrative case is the following: how to remediate pollution by many heavy metals with onion & garlic waste. You can find this training by clicking here.
Despite being quite weird, it is actually effective. Very good for small industries, ready for a wide – scale implementation right now. Benefits are really huge.
Finally, we can include into this list also the remediation of pollution by oil with food waste. One of the most known and least practiced solutions for making the energy sector much cleaner than currently it is.
These are just a few examples. The involvement of communities is essential for such natural remediation strategies.
And results will be even better than expected.