EcoLab course on Green Living








Yasir Husain _ IoBM Spring 2019 


EcoLab is a semester-long course which explores strategies of the Anthropocene – the Age of Human Impact on planet Earth. 

It covers three areas:  global issues of climate change, local actors in the country and city, and individual and collective actions to counter it. There is an emphasis on adopting creative Do-it-Yourself (DIY) practices, and a Green Lifestyle.

The course balances the science of climate change, looks at the social impact on communities and people, and introduces future environmental leaders to attitudes and practices required for meaningful change.

It starts by looking at Earth as a Living-system from space, to gauge the human impact with an appreciation for the processes of nature. Students will learn to critically assess the development and practices of various technologies. This requires exposure to perspectives and agendas, which are People-Centred. It will also explore science, culture and arts as ultimately deriving in knowledge and inspiration from nature. The idea of nature itself will be put to test.  

Students will Grow their own Food farming on campus, or at home. This is an intimate transformational process of learning about nature’s processes and Earth’s incredible biodiversity – something city-dwellers know little about. Urban farming teaches us to be aware of seasons, health, food quality, soil quality, air quality, the role of plants and microbes, and so on. Assignments will include vertical, rooftop and container gardening, with their manifold benefits.

Greening the city’s built environment and Quality of Life factors will be explored with other urban issues including: water quality & access, waste & recycling, sewerage, health, food quality & consumption, construction materials, air quality, transport, cultures, art and inequality. 

By appreciating the impact of these conditions, students will learn the value of environmentally informed decision-making in a society driven by unethical practices in advertising, corporates and media culture. They will learn about Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and other tools useful in environmental management.

Students will visit events and organizations working to improve conditions for people living in Karachi. They will become involved in various campaigns that raise awareness or make interventions in particular settings, becoming environmentally aware active Global Citizens in this process. 

The role of government agencies, social entrepreneurs and new technologies, both in bringing about and resisting change, will be explored. Students may convert ideas into sustainable businesses.



Click on presentation / concept note for each project

Happiness Index                                        ppt | concept  Waleed Jawed  Abdul Muizz  M Hamza
Alternative Medicine                               prezi | concept  Sana Farrukh
Env Consequences of Nuclear War    ppt | concept  Unsya Ehsan  Linta Siddiqui
Organic Waste                                            prezi | concept  Bina Wali  Maheen Tanveer  Ranim Peracha  
Guerilla Gardening                                  ppt | concept  Erma Khalid  Aiman Anwaar  Sunderta Lashari 
Green & Smart Cities                               ppt | concept  Shaheera Amir  Marium Irfan  Asma Javed
Plantation                                                    prezi | concept  Hajra Sultan  Aleena Aleem  Zainab Ali Khan
Social Media Ecology                              ppt | concept  Zain Sarwar  Nadir Ali  Muhammad Ali
Urban Farming                                          ppt | concept  Tanisha Rizwan  Erum Razzak  Zahra Hirani


Action & Visits 

☢  Tree Plantation near SSK Bldg (IoBM) with class – 13 May 2019
☢  Kitchen Gardening at home & Urban Farming Demo – with basic tools, soils  & seeds 🌿 27 Feb 2019
☢  Climate Change & Environmental Impact of Transport: Workshop by Farhan Anwar (Urban Planning). With Shehri & FNF (Germany)  – 07 Mar 2019
☢  K-Electric: Alternate Energy & Reverse-Metering – for solar energy producer-consumer session at KE Complex, Korangi Creek – 02 May 2019
☢   Sustainability & STEAM Curriculum Workshop with Stephen Kovats, Director Transmediale (Germany).  With Goethe Institute & Karachi Biennale – 13 Feb 2019

See also: Projects 



Class sessions

☢  Anthropocene I  Earth Nature Culture Geology
☢  Anthropocene II  Farming, Cities & Technology Military Technologies
☢  Living Earth & Climate Change Seasons & Weather Patterns
  Green Spaces & Urban farming Domestic Animals
☢  Alternate Medicine
☢  Art & Environment 
☢  Air – Air Quality & Atmosphere
☢  Urban systems
☢  Water Waste Organic & Solid Waste
☢  Theory Multiplicity Complexity Observation Research
☢  Energy Oil Fossil Fuels Renewables
☢  Future Technology Culture Society