As our little island once again fills to saturation level with what seems to be thousands of extra cars on the already congested roads and hoards of summer tourists occupying the beaches, we can imagine what we are going to suffer for the next few months at least. Meanwhile, in the quiet setting of our beautiful model eco centre at Casita Verde, we see very little of the chaotic Ibiza around the coastlines and in our towns.
Thankfully, we have all been working so much during the spring time, we have only maintenance jobs to do in the summer period, plus our usual four public events per week. It’s a time to attend all the office jobs connected with the new Ibiza Fènix project and to catch up with our paperwork story, as the midday temperatures outside rise above comfort level and working in the cool of the office spaces seems a more attractive option.
Recently, we have joined with Delia de Miguel, the main person responsible for the ‘Ibiza es Wellness‘ website being produced by the Consell Insular. Now working as part of a team to build a combined Green Guide for the island of Ibiza, our group of office staff are busy checking and researching to prepare the information for the new online publication, which will have the name ‘Ibiza Sostenible’ and will hopefully be App friendly for use on mobile phones. This has been seen as a very intelligent development from our point of view, since the previously quite famous Greenheart-guide, originally produced in 2004, has been sadly neglected over the last couple of years and will now become part of a well managed and maintained guide to all Ecological and Natural Health services on the island. Also, the different groups or ‘branches’ of the guide are very similar to the ‘branches’ on the Fènix tree, so it’s a going to be a kind of easy to access list of ecological offer from Ibiza, which can be seen by anyone in the world and which should help to attract a more conscious kind of tourist to our island.
It looks as though the ‘wildlife pond’ we’ve been building now at Casita Verde for almost a year, will not be finished for the summer period, as we don’t really have enough able-bodied volunteers to do the required amount of heavy manual labour necessary to advance the work and also, it’s getting rather too uncomfortable to be down in the bottom of a hole digging in the strong sunshine. Perhaps, we’ll get back to it at the end of the summer and have it ready to fill up with the winter rains at least (if we get some that is!).
Meanwhile, on Sunday the 4th of June, we will participate in the yearly ‘International Day of the Environment’, celebrated between 6pm and 10pm in front of the church in the village of Jesus. Here you will also find most of the local ecological organisations, a wide variety of stalls with food and local products from the island, displays of solar energy equipment, electric scooters, eco paints and building materials, plus lots of useful information on how to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle. Casita Verde will be there of course, with our usual abundance of Aloe Vera drinks, carob syrup, homemade cosmetics and also some tasty snacks made from 100% local and vegan ingredients. There will be music and dancing as well as some performances from children for sure and generally lots of fun for all the family, so please do come along and join us to see how YOU can be part of the solution for a greener and more sustainable future.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling our main office on 971 187353.
With warm greetings from Casita Verde,
Chris Dews – coordinator