Thanal focus on promotion of sustainable resource use and management for ensuring equitable development and toxic free world. Ethics, Efficiency and Economics - the 3Es are the guiding principles. It suggests ethical use of resources for the larger good and sustenance. It reiterates the need for a social change to imbibe the ways of nature for survival and sustainability. Being ethical means having concerns for other human beings as well as the Mother Nature. The scarce resources have to be wisely utilized. People have to be efficient in resource utilization, resource conservation. Sustainable materials have to be identified, efficient production techniques have to be devised, and mindful consumption pattern have to be followed. Economics is the result of ethical and efficient utilization of resources. Economy is not mere private profit. It means more livelihoods, more jobs and inclusive growth. Zero Waste, Clean Production, Extended Producer Responsibility, Resource Recovery..
The canvass of Zero Waste is broadened with Climate Action work which is focussed towards building Climate resilience. The programme advocates for 'Low Carbon' and or 'Carbon Neutral' cities / villages programme. Provides technical and research support for local self governments to achieve carbon resilience.
Thanal has set off in this direction through this programme towards its vision People, Planet, Sustainability
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The declaration which set the direction for the Zero Waste Himalayas network, movement and campaign. The first Zero Waste Himalayas conference held at Deer Park Institute,
Zero Waste Kovalam and Employment opportunities - A research paper submitted under Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development by Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthpauram.
A travelling workshop was organized by Thanal for Zero Waste Himalayas Network during 23-27 September 2013. Ms. Lak Tsheden Teengh from Sikkim, India summarizes the whole programme in this report