By Manuel Crespo Feliciano – Re-Blogged From AccuWeather
In the mountains of the Naranjo neighborhood, a well-known song of Puerto Rican rapper Calle 13 rang from some loudspeaker:
“Si quieres cambio verdadero, pues, camina distinto (If you want real change, then, walk differently)” – it was heard.
The words echoed through the leafy trees, mingled with the singing of the birds and resonated through the accumulated mountains of garbage.
Yes, garbage. Endless piles of tires, glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans that will be used as raw material for the creation of self-sustaining residences that are resistant to atmospheric phenomena.
The song was also a metaphor for what happened in the Naranjo neighborhood: a project known as Earthship Biotecture that is proposed as a solution to the problem of waste management in the territory of Puerto Rico, as well as a way to provide pragmatic options to confront the permanent threat of hurricanes and earthquakes.
(Photo/Manuel Crespo Feliciano)