Although our 1st of May family picnic got cancelled due to the heavy rain, I’m happy to say that the resident plants in Casita Verde enjoyed the weather and the place is looking like a magical garden from a fairy tale!

Meanwhile, the home team and the resident volunteers are busy cleaning up the Aloe Vera fields and keeping everything looking good enough to photograph and film, since we seem to be getting more and more popular as a place to make documentaries and for photo shoots etc.

The famous eco-wagon project with Dorus the carpenter is progressing very quickly now and has the solar energy system almost ready for use.

Also, we’ve now bought most of the materials we need to complete the majority of the construction work associated with the nature pond project, so just need some good weather and some more helping hands to have the job finished before the summer heat arrives.

We also have great news from our second Casita Verde in Granada, where ‘El Cubanito’ is successfully building up his little Greenheart community with an increasing number of willing volunteers who are happy to lend a hand with the new venture. He reports that even the local Forest Police, who passed by to see what was going on there, were very interested in the whole idea and offered to help out wherever they could.

The new Granada Ecologic organisation have also been out cleaning up natural areas, as well as inviting local residents along to help with the construction of vegetable gardens, an eco toilet and other necessary structures for the new centre.

Hopefully, I will have time to pop over and visit our second model ecology centre during the first week of June for a few days, as soon as we’ve completed the present series of presentations for the branches of ‘Ibiza Fènix’.

We are also very happy to announce that the new version of our Ibiza Fènix web page is now on-line and fully functional, thanks to the enormous effort made by our lovely volunteer artist and graphic designer Camila Mejia, with help from Marc Osmo from Ecomedia.

See the new website at www.ibiza-fenix.com and https://www.facebook.com/ibizafenix/

Meanwhile, we still have another four presentation events for branches of the Ibiza Fènix to complete this month in the Business Space Ibiza, Vara del Rey No.26, each Tuesday evening from 8pm until 10pm.

The programme for the rest of May is as follows:

  • Tuesday 8th May:  Ecological Construction & Ethical Finance – presented by Dorus Rjikers, plus Flor D’angelo
  • Tuesday 15th May: Renewable energy & Natural resource  management – Presented by Gaby Manchencosas & Chris Dews
  • It Tuesday 22nd May: Sustainable transport – Philipp Walser & Gianandrea de Terlizzi
  • Tuesday 29th May: Holistic education – David Sanz & Elisabet Fábergas Alegre

We are also very busy preparing documents to present for financial subsidies for projects related to the Waste management branch ‘Ibiza Limpia’, plus organising a variety of beach cleaning activities during the next weeks, together with other entities. For details of cleaning events: https://www.facebook.com/ibizalimpia

There seem to be more and more people and ecological groups interested in keeping our island free from litter and other contaminating waste products, especially plastic, which has become such a huge problem worldwide, we urgently need to find effective solutions to avoid this almost indestructible material from poisoning almost every part of our delicate natural environment.

Solutions obviously involve reducing drastically the production of plastic, cleaning up what is already polluting our oceans, rivers and landscapes in the most effective way, plus inventing innovative tecnologies to re-use what we collect during cleaning operations.

Together with the threat of negative effects caused by Global Climate Change, the problem of plastic waste is probably one of the most popular topics of conversation among environmentalists. It also presents an enormous opportunity for intelligent entrepreneurs to find suitable solutions to change completely our habit of using some kind of plastic for just about everything we produce these days.

In Casita Verde, we have re-started our programme of networking dinner parties each Thursday evening from 7pm until 11.30pm, also with the idea to gather interested partners in what can only be referred to as a very ambitious project to clean up the whole island in just one day. The ‘Let’s do it’ Global clean-up day, programmed to take place on the 15th of September this year, was first initiated in Estonia during 2008, when 50,000 volunteers turned out to clean up the whole country in just 5 hours. Obviously, this operation requires a lot of dedicated and professional preparation, but it worked for the people of Estonia and hopefully will also work for the people of Ibiza if we can get ourselves organised in time to make it happen.

So, from now until the 15th of September, apart from discussing other relevant topics, we intend to dedicate at least a part of our Thursday evening networking and fund-raising gatherings at Casita Verde to inform visitors about how they can join in the Global cleaning action and prepare our working teams for the big day. (connecting groups for different parts of the action plan, showing people how to use the special App for mapping areas that need to be cleaned, discussing fundraising ideas and sharing the visonof a cleaner island!)

For more information about this event, please take a look at the following links:

http://www.teemeara.ee/en

https://www.facebook.com/worldcleanupday2018/

Let’s Do It!

Finally, since many people who visit our centre would like to know how they can personally help to be a part of the global movement to reduce our current plastic waste crisis, we’ve prepared some simple yet very effective solutions:

  • Take your own reusable shopping bag to the supermarket.
  • Don’t use throwaway plastic straws.
  • Carry a reusable coffee cup instead of taking a new one each time you drink coffee.
  • Use your own refillable water bottle.
  • Buy coffee in packets, not in disposable capsules.
  • Use soap bars not plastic bottles of gel.
  • Avoid buying fruit and vegetables that are wrapped in plastic.

And don’t forget to be proud that you are making a positive difference!

Our recommended movie for this month is The fourth industrial Revolution in English with English subtitles – first published in May 2017:

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,Tuesdays in the Business Space Ibiza, 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 / 608838190.

With warm greetings from Casita Verde,

Chris Dews – coordinator

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