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The SharEconomy is coming

This story is set here, on our planet Earth. It is fairly certain that, in 30 years, there will be ten billion people living on the planet. +++ Population growth is going up in a negative spiral. +++ With every additional citizen on Earth, diversity and space are decreasing. +++ With the continuous growth in the world’s population, the consumption of resources also goes up, and of energy, the volume of rubbish, and stress. +++ For this lifestyle, the resource-hungry industrial economy produces more and more food, more and more cars, more and more consumer goods. +++ And global warming …

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Noted in detail.

A Test by Uwe Heitkamp Waiting for the bus. I count the passing cars; one/one, two/one, three/one, four/one, five/one, six/one, seven/one, eight/one, nine/one, ten/one, eleven/one, twelve/two. That was it, the first car with two people inside. I walk 1.1 km to the nearest bus stop. On the way there, my neighbour asks me why I’m walking? Has your car broken down? No, no, I answered, I’m leaving my car in the garage for a month. She looks at me sceptically, while she waters the flowers in front of her house with a hose pipe. My neighbours have got a weakness …

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Combating food hunger and waste.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, in 2013 and similar to each and every year, a third of all food produced around the world ended up being thrown away (1). To Hunter Halder, an American now resident in Portugal for a number of years, that is not a fact but an error he seeks to redress through his project ‘Refood’. This initiative, in conjunction with others such as ‘Ugly Fruit’ (2) and the ‘Zero Waste Movement’ (3), has worked out so well that the aforementioned United Nations organisation has turned to Portugal as a model for what …

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From Ego to Eco.

Success Stories. Just imagine that you are responsible for equipping a spaceship that is leaving Earth next year and heading for Mars, and will only return in 100 years time. What would you put on board the spaceship and give the crew to take with them so that they and the next generations would be able to travel back to Earth happy and in good health? Would you give the space- and time-travellers a share in the paper producer Portucel/Soporcel, or maize seeds produced by the agro-chemical business Monsanto, or a hundred-year bond from the Espírito Santo family? Or rather …

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A library on every corner

Generally, sharing is an instantaneous act of contact and when not physical then at least virtual. To this end, ‘‘BookCrossing’’ takes on the characteristics of both sharing and of playing. In reality, this is a form of sharing but it does also involve, to a large extent, the factor of surprise with this sensual component simultaneously recalling the universe of games. In sum, ‘‘BookCrossing’’ in practice involves the act of leaving a book in a public place so that somebody else may pick it up, read it and then hand it back to the world again. Because this world is …

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bio shop

Shop with awareness

ECO123, in collaboration with Agrobio, is presenting a list of places where you can purchase and/or consume quality organic products, many of which are produced locally. Look after your health and contribute to your community.

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The Cycle of Life

Over half of all foodstuffs produced end up going to waste. The agricultural industry devours great quantities of energy, water, fertilisers and pesticides. Tropical forests get felled to make way whether for pasture lands or soya and palm oil industrial farming. Over a third of greenhouse gases may be traced to the agricultural sector and the global transport of foodstuffs. We know that the excessive consumption of meat and dairy products causes disease. Why do we continue buying from supermarkets the outputs of the industrial meat sector with its intensive animal husbandry practices, fattening them on genetically manipulated soya? Are …

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legumes do mercado municipal

You are what you eat.

The developments in the food business are absurd. Why do we buy German milk, German butter, German cheese and yoghurt, French carrots and potatoes at foreign discount shops like Lidl, Aldi, Jumbo & Co., and so many other foreign foodstuffs (including drinks) packed in plastic (made from oil), which are transported thousands of kilometres in planes and trucks throughout Europe and the world? The answer appears to be simple: because these foodstuffs are so cheap there. But is that really the case? On the one hand we want things to be cheap, on the other we want them to be …

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urbane restaurierung

New faces for urban spaces

Portugal, throughout all of its extent – rural, urban, inland, coastal – confronts the marks of its recent past. The option favouring property and construction (especially of residential properties) and the tertiary economic sector has left a deep legacy. One of the clearest and most serious involves the effective abandoning and subsequent degradation of a huge quantity of spaces and constructions. The cessation of many of the productive activities in the rural hinterland forced the total or effective disappearance of many communities. The uncontrolled and unplanned construction of new habitation in the major urban centres, and especially on their peripheries, …

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From pizzas to slow-travel

Case 1 From pizzas to slow-travel We wander the streets in which the traditional white of the facades throws back the light and the heat of a January day managing to conjure early spring. We pass a resident and various visiting international tourists, who without exception all greet us with a smile and a “Bom dia” almost as warm as the magnificent weather. We feel something genuine and find it difficult to believe how this village, less than a decade ago, lay in ruins and was down to seven inhabitants. Located in the council of Vila do Bispo, in the …

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