First of all, on behalf of the team here at Greenheart Ibiza, I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2017.

After such a special year in 2016, when we made some very large steps closer to where we’d like to arrive as an organisation, we are expecting this year to be even more special (and busy), so hope to make even bigger steps towards reaching our very extensive and ambitious goals.

One of our main objectives for 2017, is to get the exciting ‘Ibiza Fènix’ system up and running, with a nice new website and some alternative tourism offers happening before the end of the year.
Just to be sure we’re running along the right road, as a first important move for the year, we’ve made an appointment with Vicente Torres, the President of the island Council, in order to discuss the possibilities of working together. We’ll do this by more or less placing all our cards on the table and seeing where we have projects in common, then trying to find some way of merging our own efforts with those of the local authorities, wherever we can help out in co-creating a new direction for Ibiza.

We’ve actually started the Fènix process, by registering a second NGO (Ibiza Limpia), with the same great statutes, and already have the NIF number etc, so can now move the new group forwards and continue our quest to tidy up the island. We will will do this by engaging with as many other organisations and individuals as possible, including the local government, who also seem to be very keen on helping us to achieve our common objectives.

As a fully active NGO, we will need some more directors in the organising team (junta directiva), and also to open an account in an ethical bank, so we can legally collect some very necessary economic support from a variety of sources. These could include private donations, local, regional, national and European government grants, as well as from other organisations, who quite often have money to sponsor community based and potentially game changing initiatives like ours.

One of our most interesting ideas so far, from our friend Karin Isken, the official representative for Oceanic Global on Ibiza, is to engage the local schools to ‘adopt’ a beach, a road, or a natural area and to maintain it clean and free from litter. This will naturally mean we’ll need to employ someone to go to all the interested schools and get the project started, then organise the different groups of youngsters to help with the general maintenance of our island.

Apart from arranging some meetings of both the Fènix project and the Ibiza Limpia project during the next weeks, we were also planning a first impressive event to launch the new NGO and get ourselves filmed by the National Antena 3 TV company (plus some of the local press and TV we imagine).

This would normally take place in the form of a general clean-up of the whole of the beautiful Salinas Natural Park area, on Wednesday 18th of January from 10am in the morning until just before sunset, with various parts of the event taking place at different times of the day, inviting as many people as possible to join in this new form of entertainment we could call ‘Garbage hunting’! Actually, after cleaning hundreds of beaches, roads and natural areas in my life, I could say that if done with care, consciousness and safety, picking up garbage can be great fun for all the family, so we’re hoping to make it a kind of popular sport for both island residents and visitors, who can participate in our weekly cleaning activities (or better still, they could even organise some of their own!).

However, as the weather forecast for the next week is raining and freezing cold, we have decided to postpone to another day with better weather conditions. We will post the new date on our Facebook page of Casita Verde.

We have another important motive for making some big beach clean-up’s during the next months. Working together with our friends from Oceanic Global and from the Nature project (RECICLARTE), we aim to collect as much ‘interesting’ plastic floating garbage as possible, so we can store it in a warehouse in San Antonio and make huge art forms to be used in various exhibitions, including a large event designed by Oceanic Global and planned for the 22nd of July this year in the port of Ibiza.

We also have latest news from the Mar Blava Alliance of which we are part. Please see the following link for further information: https://alianzamarblava.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/161219-folleto-Alianza-Mar-Blava-web-EN.pdf

Finally, on the Granada Casita Verde scene, we’re now planning to go there as a bit of a start-up team from Casita Verde, take a whole truck load of useful things to the new site, and set up some necessary basic structures before we head back to the main laboratory here in Ibiza. This action plan will most likely take place around the middle of February, by the time we’ve constructed a portable solar power supply unit, an eco toilet and eco shower kit to take along, plus ensured that the Ibiza Casita Verde is running smoothly enough for some of the main team players to be away for a couple of weeks.

More on that story in next month’s issue of the Casita Verde newsletter!

Of course, if anyone out there wants to contribute materials, time, energy or cash donations to the new project, you are more than welcome…

Don’t forget, that if you have any questions about alternative lifestyle techniques, or want to know how you can be a more eco-conscious citizen, please come and see us on Sundays, or Thursdays at Casita Verde, Saturdays at the Local products market in Forada, or participate in our weekly cleaning events with the Ibiza Limpia campaign.

Also, we now have the Eco-wagon set up as a display centre for the various eco-building projects you can make yourself at home, or for which we offer workshops at Casita Verde with carpenter / builder Dorus Rijkers from Amsterdam.

These include such things as making a worm farm, installing a Rocket Stove heater, a portable eco-toilet, making a portable solar power generator, or building a solar water heater from recycled materials. Check us out on www.facebook.com/CasitaVerdeIbiza for more info on events and workshops at Casita Verde. You can also get in touch by email, sending your request to info@casitaverde.com, or calling our main office on 971 187353.

With warm greetings from Casita Verde,

Chris Dews – coordinator