It seems that here in Ibiza, we are suffering yet another massive overdose of tourist visitors, long traffic queues and overcrowded beaches, the overuse of natural resources like fresh water, plus unnecessary pollution and a resulting degradation of our precious local ecosystems. Clearly this yearly increase in tourism presence cannot go on indefinitely, so it’s not surprising that the island residents are beginning to move together against any further plans for incrementing our tourist population during the summer months of June through to October.

This could actually be a time of great changes for our beautiful Mediterranean island, as not only the local residents, but an increasing number of local politicians, green organisations and even regular visitors, are also joining in the new movement to put the brakes on any new tourism offers during the traditional summer tourist season.

What is also very clear, is that the new Ibiza Fènix social leadership project, now almost completely set up by members of Greenheart Ibiza, has come into being at exactly the right moment in order help the other local efforts at changing our so far unsustainable tourism offer into the future.

During the last month, we have managed to complete our search for suitable and qualified personnel to sign up as directors of the recently registered NGO’s, constituting the 11 new branches of the Ibiza Fènix tree, which should eventually consist of a total of 13 different legal entities, connected to the central organisation, or ‘heart’ of the project. The system has a maximum of 14 different branches, in order that we don’t exceed the maximum of 15 voting members in the central committee, made up of the democratically voted presidents of each of the associated NGO’s. We have deliberately left one branch empty, just in case there is one subject which we need to add to the more or less complete spectrum of socio-political activities covered by the movement, without having to change the operating protocol (statutes) of the member associations.

The new Ibiza Fènix website, which now exists in both English and Spanish, is now almost completed and on-line, ready for action (see www.ibiza-fenix.com).

During the rest of the summer and up to the public presentation of the complete project, sometime in mid October this year, we will be presenting each group during our regular Thursday networking and fundraising event at Casita Verde, so that interested members of the public can come along and learn about the new social leadership project and find out how they can become a part of the ‘Synergy into Action’ movie we are proposing for the island. The first presentation will be made by me, Chris Dews, on Thursday 6th of July at 8pm and will be dedicated to describing the whole Ibiza Fènix project, so please don’t miss this one! (See our facebook page for details of future presentations each Thursday evening!) Also, information about presentations at Casita Verde will also be displayed on the events calendar from the www.ibizaeswellness.com website from the Consell Insular d’Eivissa.

The Fènix tree, a new initiative for social leadership

With regards to our plans for the ‘Ibiza Limpia’ NGO this summer, we are now reviewing our programme of activities and have decided that, after cleaning more than 600 beaches in the last 28 years or so, we will no longer be cleaning beaches each Wednesday, but will instead be diverting our main efforts into supporting the new ‘Adopt a beach’ school project, proposed by Karin Isken, local representative for the Oceanic Global organisation.  This New York based entity is also presenting a public event on Thursday 20th of July at the popular Blue Marlin restaurant in Cala Jondal, with the idea to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our environment and especially in our oceans, also to involve local people from Ibiza to participate in the world wide movement. For more information about this event, and the valuable work of Oceanic Global, please visit http://oceanic.global/

We will of course continue to clean the roads around our main centre at Casita Verde, continue to denounce abandoned cars and illegal dumping, give classes on how to use the various denouncing systems provided by the local authorities, plus educate our members and visitors about how to deal with their household waste, by distributing recycling bags as well as guides and information booklets during our various public events.

Finally, we are happy to announce that we now have our own movie channel on youtube, so please check out these recent educational movies: http://ow.ly/AteX30dCNct

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, or on Saturdays at the Local products market in Forada. 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