For Casita Verde, we had a wonderful start to the new year last month, with gorgeous weather and lots of activities to perform, including programmes filmed at the centre and radio interviews with the Balearic TV company IB3.

See the following links to watch some of the TV visits:

With negotiations in motion for the beginning of our Carob Syrup export opportunity, things are getting extremely interesting in the world of trademark registering, talk of making a special company to handle the inventions we are making, plus the continuous development of new and ever more tasty recipes from local products, life at Casita Verde is far from boring.

Apart from all the new commercial discussions going on and the rapid development of some game changing plans for our island, we’re also in the process of forming new teams of consultants, various specialists in different fields of study and professional events management personnel, plus designing a whole new ballgame for our 22 year old organisation.

We now have nearly all the signed and stamped legal papers in order, for the different branches of the Ibiza Fènix movement, so only need to register the final branch, which is to be called ‘Vital Rights’. (Animal rights, human rights and of course ‘Earth rights’). Once this is done, we will have a complete set of cards to enter the next stage of the ‘Social leadership’ initiative, intended to invite as many potential ‘high profile’ actors into our synergetic movement as possible and continue to help turn the tide towards a much more promising future for both our beloved island and the world at large.

The programme for Thursday night ‘Fènix’ gatherings at Casita Verde this month includes:

  • Plastics in our environment – problems with solutions.
  • Local agricultural products and future economic possibilities in Ibiza.
  • Renewable energy strategies and how we can all join in the action plan.
  • Planning sessions for the ‘Ibiza Ecolandia’ festival in the late springtime 2018.

You can check out the new version of the Ibiza Fènix website on www.ibiza-fenix.com.

Also, from the first Tuesday in March, I have been invited to give a series of talks in a beautiful new open plan office complex called ‘The Business Space, Ibiza’, on the first floor of Vara De Rey No.26 (Just behind the not-so-functional solar tree, installed in the corner of the plaza). We’ll start the series with a description of the whole Fènix project, then work our way through all the branches of the tree, just like we did last year at Casita Verde, but this time to a potentially different audience and in a more accessible place. We will of course be inviting other people along to join in the presentations and do lots of advertising about the upcoming events as usual, so keep an eye on the Ibiza Fènix and Casita Verde facebook pages for updates and info about subjects and times etc.

Here’s a note from Manouche Koster, the owner of the Business Space Ibiza:

“The Business Space welcomes the Ibiza Fènix initiative with much pride and genuine commitment to its game changing NGO’s. The Business Space is very happy to function as the second home base – which allows Ibiza Fenix to not only engage with its community in the countryside, but now also be present in an inspiring venue in the middle of the city! Every Tuesday starting on March 6th, we will host seminars and meetings with inspirators, knowledge investors and engaged participants, for this blossoming initiative. Together we will do everything in our power to help connect suitable heads to every branch of the tree and Ibiza Fenix is welcome to stay for many months to come. The Business Space looks forward to these inspiring events.”

Also keep an eye on the web pages of The Business Space: www.thebusinessspaceibiza.com or https://www.facebook.com/thebusinessspaceibiza/ – here you will soon find the kick-off programme of our weekly events there!

I have to say, that this winter, I’ve never been to so many positive meetings and I’ve never seen so much activity in the ‘Green’ sector of Ibiza. There seems to be a new eco-buzz going on and just about everybody I know is in some way involved in the movie. Personally, I spend most of my time in meetings of one sort or another, running around the island making new and exciting connections with people from all over the world, as the real ‘Synergy into action’ show begins to gather momentum.

One very interesting meeting a few of us attended at the end of January and which was organised in the Club Nautico of San Antonio by the ‘Ibiza Preservation Fund’, was focused on plastic pollution in the Balearic islands and what we can collectively do to fix the problem.

Apart from the usual collection of local groups present, there was a very interesting guy from Mallorca, speaking about the foundation he was part of and what they had in mind for the next few years of operation. The relatively new foundation is called ‘Fundación Marilles’ and is dedicated to ‘Turning the Baleares into a beacon of marine conservation’. For more info about this organisation, please visit their website on http://www.marilles.org/.

Another piece of relative news is that the Madrid based Foundation for the Future, who have been kindly employing me as local administrator on the island and also supporting the Casita Verde initiative for the last 17 years, have finally run out of funds in Spain, due to the loss of some important educational programmes and therefore will no longer be able to pay me a monthly salary. Hopefully there may be a possibility for further funding from the Greenheart International organisation based in Chicago. However, the loss of my personal income, which was partly used to sustain Casita Verde Ibiza, means that we will likely need to look for aditional funds to help finance our never ending evolution as an active eco-educational centre and laboratory for developing new sustainable lifestyle practices.

Although having almost reached the age of 65, I am technically only two years away from being a pensioner, but as you can imagine, I have no ambition to hang up my boots just yet and as both my mother and father lived past 90 years old, I guess I can look forwards to at least twenty more years in active service to the ecological evolution of humanity and our planet. (with lots of help from my friends and acquaintances of course!)

Meanwhile, 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.

You can also get in touch by email, sending your request to info@casitaverde.com, or calling our main office on 971 187353 plus my mobile phone on 608838190.

Recommended videos for this month:

How to stop plastic pollution in 8 simple steps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXCcshJcr8E

What really happens to the plastic you throw away
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6xlNyWPpB8

With warm greetings from Casita Verde,

Chris Dews – coordinator

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