How to put rubbish to good use at Linklater Pavilion in Lewes

Pioneering construction work: Children with plastic bottles which are filled with rubbish to make eco-bricks
Pioneering construction work: Children with plastic bottles which are filled with rubbish to make eco-bricks

A fascinating talk on the use of rubbish to build schools, health centres and restaurants in the Amazon is being given at the Linklater Pavilion, Lewes.

It comes alongside the current knowtrash exhibition at the venue featuring articles made from things people throw away.

Winner of the Peoples Environment Awards – campaigner of the year, and finalist in the Guardian Observer Ethical Awards, Nicola Peel returns to the Linklater today (Friday) to talk about her pioneering work.

Starting at 7.30pm prompt, entry is by a suggested donation of £5-£15 on a first come first served basis.

Railway Land Project Director Dr John Parry said: “We are especially proud to support Nicola’s extraordinary work in the Amazon and all proceeds from the evening will go to that.

“It is part of our global outlook, beyond our environmental work closer at home, which includes supporting a pioneering wild flower education project in Madagascar. Nicola’s focus is on solutions and what we can do to be a part of the change and this will be an uplifting and stimulating evening.”

She will include in her talk the extraordinary process of mycoremediation – the use of mushrooms to clean up oil spills which have had a devastating effect in parts of Ecuador.

She will also show examples of the construction of rainwater filtration systems for the indigenous people currently drinking contaminated water and buildings made with eco-bricks (plastic bottles filled with rubbish).

Her latest build is the first ecological restaurant in the Amazon built from 3,200 eco-bricks and the first place to serve local coffee.

Elsewhere environmentally, South East campaigner at Friends of the Earth Brenda Pollack has welcomed West Sussex County Council’s resfusal of Celtique Energie’s application to test drill for shale oil near Wisborough Green.

“Nobody wants to see Sussex ruined by industrial drilling for dirty fossil fuels,” she said. “If Celtique had been allowed to test for oil or gas, then there’s every chance that fracking would have followed.”